In Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy samples are subjected to a broad frequency spectrum of infrared 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 that combines standard optical and polarized light microscopy.  It also has 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.


  • Ability to visualize and pinpoint exactly where you want to obtain a spectrum.
  • Provides three different sampling modes (Transmission, Reflectance, and ATR).
  • Identifies a wide range of materials, including solids, powders, films, and liquids.
  • Directly analyzes samples with the need for complicated 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, in some cases this allows for particles or fibers as small as ~5 um to be examined.
  • ATR surface sampling allows isolation and examination of coatings and contaminants.
  • Qualitative identification of materials, or quantitative analysis using customized methods are possible.

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