This book is the latest addition to the Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry series. The chapters are designed to give the reader not only the understanding of the basics of infrared spectroscopy but also to give ideas on how to apply the technique in these different fields.
Since spectroscopy is the study of the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter, the first two chapters deal with the characteristics, properties and absorption of electromagnetic radiation. Chapter 3 provides the basis for vibrations in molecules from a classic mechanical point of view. Absorption of infrared radiation by a vibration in a molecule depends on the symmetry of the molecule and the symmetry of the vibrations. However, these symmetry aspects are not usually treated in textbooks on infrared spectroscopy. Therefore, Chapter 4 deals with the symmetry aspects of molecules and illustrates how the reader can determine the vibrations that are infrared active. Chapter 5 describes group frequencies and assignments of infrared band.
Chapter 6 is an overview of the instrumentation used to perform the majority of Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopic experiments today. Chapter 7 describes a variety of the so-called hyphenated techniques that combine the use of FT-IR spectroscopy to another analytical technique.
Chapter 8 depicts certain applications of FT-IR spectroscopic techniques to basic and industrial research. Specifically, a big portion of the chapter deals with the characterization of polymers and polymeric surfaces whereas the remaining part describes applications to organic thin films and biological molecules.
Finally, Chapter 9 deals with some modern analytical methods in infrared spectroscopy. The methods that are described here are again not very common in books on infrared spectroscopy. In this chapter, the subject of two-dimensional correlation spec


For researchers and graduate students in chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering, industrial chemistry, food science, pharmaceutical science, biophysics, molecular biology, polymer science and environmental science.

Table of Contents

Electromagnetic radiation and the electromagnetic spectrum. Interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter. Infrared spectroscopy. Symmetry of molecules, group theory and its applications in vibrational spectroscopy. Group frequencies and assignments of infrared band. Instrumentation. Sampling techniques and applications. Applications of infrared spectroscopy in basic and industrial research. Modern data analytical methods for infrared spectroscopy.


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About the authors

A.A. Christy

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Department of Chemistry, Agder University College, N-4606 Kristiansand, Norway

Y. Ozaki

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Department of Chemistry, School of Science, Kwansei-Gakuin University, Hyogo 669-1337, Japan

V.G. Gregoriou

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Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Processes, Patras 26500, Greece