FTIR Spectrophotometers

Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, a subset of infrared (IR) spectroscopy, uses a mathematical algorithm, Fourier transform, to translate raw infrared data into a spectrum. FTIR is useful for the analysis of organic and inorganic compounds that exhibit changes in polarity as a result of the vibration, spinning, or perturbation of molecular bonds. FTIR methods are common in such industries as foods, materials, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, forensics, and others. Advantages of FTIR over conventional IR are higher resolution, better signal-to-noise, easier analysis of very small samples and poorly-absorbing species, and much more rapid analysis.

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Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, a subset of infrared (IR) spectroscopy, uses a mathematical algorithm, Fourier transform, to translate raw infrared data into a spectrum.

FTIR is useful for the analysis of organic and inorganic compounds that exhibit changes in polarity as a result of the vibration, spinning, or perturbation of molecular bonds. FTIR methods are common in such industries as foods, materials, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, forensics, and others. Advantages of FTIR over conventional IR are higher resolution, better signal-to-noise, easier analysis of very small samples and poorly-absorbing species, and much more rapid analysis.

Recent Trends in FTIR Spectrophotometers

  • For research FTIR, where polymer, materials, coatings, and industrial applications still predominate, cell and tissue analysis is still pretty new.
  • Microscope-based imaging FTIR is making inroads into cell biology in ways that were barely imagined just a few years ago. This technique allows scientists to create multidimensional maps of a tissue based on its chemical composition.
  • Many FTIR instrument operators now have multiple responsibilities and may not have the same level of expertise with any one of them as their predecessors
  • Experts see FTIR applications growing for screening food and pharmaceutical ingredients, adulterated fuels, raw materials, and counterfeit drugs as this technology moves forward

Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying an FTIR Spectrophotometer

What applications are you using FTIR for? This will determine what type of FTIR spectrophotometer will be the best fit for you. For example, if you will be conducting most work outside the lab, a portable instrument is likely a good fit. FTIR microscopy may also be an option you’ll want to consider, depending on what type of research you do.
What sort of environment will you be working in? If you are out in the field, in a humid area for example, the instrument should be tough enough to handle the conditions.
Who will be using the instrument? If non-experts will be the main users, it makes sense to go for a user-friendly instrument that won’t take too much time to learn to use. The complexity of the software is also important to consider.
What accessories are available for the instrument and how wide is their range?
As with most instruments, you should ask what sort of service and support the company provides for the FTIR spectrophotometer, and its cost in terms of acquisition, running the FTIR, and maintaining the instrument.

Recently Released FTIR Spectrophotometers


Nicolet iS50

  • Equipped with one-touch operation
  • Highly adaptable and is designed to utilize purpose-built accessories and integrated analytic software capabilities
  • ATR, Raman, and NIR modules make the Nicolet iS50 a multispectral range system, allowing users to acquire spectra from the far-infrared to the visible
  • Provides fast, accurate analysis, while eliminating manual operational errors

Thermo Fisher Scientific
www.thermoscientific.com


TANGO™ FT-NIR Spectrometer

  • Robust, small footprint, very easy to use benchtop system includes touch-screen operation for routine users
  • Offers efficient and cost-effective analysis for the identification and quantification of constituents in a wide variety of application fields
  • Fully GMP and 21 CFR Part 11 compliant for working in regulated environments
  • Available in two versions

Bruker
www.bruker.com


Cary 630

  • Features dimensions of 16 x 22 x 13 cm
  • Sampling accessories slide in and out in seconds, with no alignment required
  • Software allows users to accurately analyze samples in seconds
  • Removes the need to use a liquid transmission cell

Agilent
www.agilent.com


MINISCAN IRXpert Portable Multi-Fuel Analyzer

  • Incorporates the advantages of mid-IR and near-IR spectroscopy to achieve excellent accuracy of fuel properties
  • Uses more than 12,000 data points from the infrared spectrum to determine the concentration of molecules in a sample
  • Able to yield from that spectrum a “fingerprint” of more than 40 important fuel properties
  • Performs compound analysis according to international standards

AMETEK Grabner Instruments
www.petrolab.com

FTIR Spectrophotometer Manufacturers


Agilent www.agilent.com

ABB www.abb.com

Bruker www.bruker.com

JASCO www.jascoinc.com

Newport www.newport.com

PerkinElmer www.perkinelmer.com

Shimadzu www.ssi.shimadzu.com

Thermo Fisher Scientific www.thermoscientific.com

 

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2013/2014 Product Resource Guide

Published: August 9, 2013

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