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2016 FTIR Spectrometer Survey Results

Find out our readers’ top ten uses for FTIR and more from our latest survey results.

By Ryan Ackerman

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.

Top 5 Questions You Should Ask When Buying an FTIR Spectrophotometer

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. What accessories are available for the instrument and how wide is their range?
  5. 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.

Sampling techniques for FTIR as reported by survey respondents:

Transmission 85%
Attenuated Total Reflection 68%
Diffuse Reflectance 27%
Spectacular Reflection 23%
Other 1%

Frequency of FTIR usage by survey respondents:

Several times daily 36%
Several times each week 36%
Two to three times a month 23%
Less than once a month 6%

Nearly 41% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a new FTIR spectrophotometer. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

Replacement of an aging system
Addition to existing systems, increase capacity
First time purchase
Setting up a new lab

Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing an FTIR spectrophotometer:

Excellent reproducibility 74%
Better sensitivity and resolution 68%
Simple operation 62%
Price 55%
Durability / Rugged design 54%
Faster acquisition and data analysis 53%
Onsite service/support 52%
Warranty 49%
Wide range of accessories 35%
Training 34%

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Published: September 8, 2016

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