Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy; Principles and Spectral Interpretation


  • Peter Larkin, Group Leader, Spectroscopy and Materials Characterization, Cytec Industries, Stamford, CT

Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy: Principles and Spectral Interpretation explains the background, core principles and tests the readers understanding of the important techniques of Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy. These techniques are used by chemists, environmental scientists, forensic scientists etc to identify unknown chemicals. In the case of an organic chemist these tools are part of an armory of techniques that enable them to conclusively prove what compound they have made, which is essential for those being used in medical applications.

The book reviews basic principles, instrumentation, sampling methods, quantitative analysis, origin of group frequencies and qualitative interpretation using generalized Infrared (IR) and Raman spectra. An extensive use of graphics is used to describe the basic principles of vibrational spectroscopy and the origins of group frequencies, with over 100 fully interpreted FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra included and indexed to the relevant qualitative interpretation chapter. A final chapter with forty four unknown spectra and with a corresponding answer key is included to test the readers understanding. Tables of frequencies (peaks) for both infrared and Raman spectra are provided at key points in the book and will act as a useful reference resource for those involve interpreting spectra.

This book provides a solid introduction to vibrational spectroscopy with an emphasis placed upon developing critical interpretation skills. Ideal for those using and analyzing IR and Raman spectra in their laboratories as well as those using the techniques in the field.

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Primary Audience: Individuals, advanced students, Academics and Professionals using InfraRed (IR) and Raman spectroscopy

SECONDARY AUDIENCE: Libraries of institutes where spectroscopy and structure determination is taught


Book information

  • Published: May 2011
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-386984-5


"Larkin has been using these and other imaging techniques for over 20 years to elucidate structure at specialty chemical and pharmaceutical companies. Infrared and Raman spectroscopy are completely complementary, providing characteristic fundamental vibrations that are extensively used to determine and identify molecular structure, he says, but are not widely used because potential users lack the necessary interpretation skills. It is that lacuna that he seeks to fill. His topics include basic principles, instruments and sampling methods, the origin of group frequencies, a general outline and strategies for interpretation, and unknown infrared and Raman spectra."--SciTech Book News

"This book is refreshing in both style and content. It falls into the 'must have on the shelf' category for all who indulge in vibrational spectroscopy... [O]verall the book is a strong addition to the tools of vibrational spectroscopy interpretation."--Chemistry World

Table of Contents

Introduction - Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy
Basic Principles Electromagnetic Radiation
Instrumentation and Sampling Methods Dispersive Systems
Environmental Dependence of Vibrational Spectra
Origin of Group Frequencies
Generalized Infrared and Raman Spectra
General Outline for IR and Raman Spectral Interpretation.
108 illustrated and interpreted IR and Raman Spectra
44 Unknown IR and Raman Spectra with answer key