Basic Infrared Spectroscopy Training
20-22 March 2019

Staff: Prof. Dr. J.H. van der Maas (VibSpec / Utrecht University) and Dr. P. de Peinder (VibSpec)

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Infrared spectroscopy (NIR, MIR, FIR) is among the most widely used and powerful identification and structural tools of today's chemist. The scientist, working in the field of organic and inorganic chemistry, biological products, polymers, catalysis, environmental pollution, pharmaceuticals, quality control, etc., must have an up-to-date working knowledge of the principals and applications of this type of spectroscopy (spectrometry). From 1965 until now over 1150 people from industry, academia and the public sector followed the International Infrared Course.

The primary aim of the course is to familiarise participants with the capabilities and limitations of infrared spectroscopy, and to discuss how this technique can be successfully applied. The course has proven to be beneficial to both, starters as well as spectroscopists with experience.

The course includes plenary lectures on:

- theory (vibrations, frequencies and intensities, selection rules, molecular interactions, ...)
- instrumentation (spectrometers and accessories)
- sampling techniques (transmission, internal and specular reflection, ...)
- quantitative analysis (Beer's law, single- and multi-component...)
- data manipulation (noise reduction, resolution enhancement, FSD, search, libraries, ...)
- spectrum interpretation (organic & inorganic)

The lectures are interspersed with practical sessions for small groups illustrating instrument operation & control and various accessories and sampling techniques.

In addition, there will be ample time for informal discussions, and participants are encouraged to consult the staff on problems of particular interest. The course language is English, but other languages may be used in smaller groups and for personal discussions. No previous experience with infrared is required but some background in chemistry is assumed.
A variety of spectrometers and accessories will be available for use as hands-on instruction.
State-of-the-art equipment is kindly supplied by the instrument companies.

The registration fee for this course is € 1.475,- (ex. VAT).
The fee includes all tuition, course lecture notes, lunches and refreshments.
The course will be held at the Utrecht University Science Park ("De Uithof").
PhD students receive a reduction of 20% on the course fee.

Course co-ordination:
Dr. Peter de Peinder

Timetable:
Three days from 9.00-16.00 h, with breaks for coffee/tea and lunch.