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FTIR_map_and_spectra Micro-FTIR: In Fourier Transform Infra-red (FTIR) Spectroscopy samples are subjected to a broad frequency spectrum of infra-red light which spans the energies of intramolecular vibrations, especially in organic compounds. The pattern and intensity of frequencies absorbed by a sample are plotted, which gives structural information about the chemical bonding state of the material. Organic compounds, which are generally very similar from an elemental standpoint, can be separated and identified using these structural fingerprints.

MicroVision Labs uses a brand new comprehensive LUMOS micro-IR of standard optical and polarized light microscopy combined with sophisticated automation for a variety of IR spectral measurement techniques. Our LUMOS system is the first of its kind to be commissioned in the US and allows for particles down to 5um in diameter to be examined. This new instrument increases our ability to provide quality organic spectroscopy and enables sample mapping using special IR features with full automation for feature identification with quantifiable, traceable spectral measurement.

Advantages of Micro-FTIR:
  • Identification of a wide range of materials, including solids, powders, films, and liquids.
  • Individual phases can be directly identified with chemical preparation.
  • Ideal for detailed comparative analysis, including identification of contaminants.
  • Composites and mixtures analyzed to determine compounded material properties.
  • Small samples or inclusions can be examined with micro-FTIR attachment, allowing for particles or fibers as small as ~5 um to be examined.
  • ATR surface sampling allows isolation and examination of coatings or contaminants limited to ~10 um depth from surface.
  • Qualitative identification of materials, or quantitative analysis using customized methods are possible.

Application Fields:
  • Polymer Manufacturing
  • Environmental Testing
  • Materials Science
  • Fabric and Textiles
  • Surface Coatings and Paints
  • Thick/thin Film Electronics
  • Materials Identification
  • Manufacturing and Process Technology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Failure analysis

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