Widely used to provide quick and effective answers to chemical questions, FTIR analysis uses beams of light to detect and quantify basic material types. Our experts use this method for a variety of applications, from research and development to failure analysis.
FTIR analysis is a tool commonly used for liquid and polymeric materials, including paints and coatings, elastomers and plastics, residues, and contaminants. Generally considered the first step in investigative chemistry, FTIR analysis provides a basic, qualitative material type to identify unknown substances when little is known about a material’s properties.
How to do FTIR analysis?
FTIR analysis uses infrared light to inspect a material, measuring the amount of light absorbed versus the amount of light reflected to identify unique chemical patterns and determine the material type. Once the analysis is complete, our experts provide you with a report on the basic properties of your samples.
What is FTIR analysis used for?
FTIR analysis provides an efficient and effective way to;
- Identify unknown substances
- Identify polymers, plastics, and resins
- Quantitatively determine compounds in mixtures
- Determine the quality or consistency of a sample
- Assist in material selection and research
- Aid in failure investigations
If additional investigation is required, Element can assist by providing additional analytical services.
The Element advantage
Because FTIR analysis returns high-level, quantitative results, additional chemical analysis techniques are sometimes required to provide a chemical breakdown of a material. Leveraging our global network of chemistry experts and state-of-the-art analysis equipment, we can provide a full suite of analysis methods to answer your toughest questions, often in the same location.
Some of the additional analysis techniques we offer include:
FTIR analysis is a powerful tool to find sources of contamination, analyze materials, identify unknown substances and assist in larger chemical investigations.
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