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Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)


Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) is an important technique that provides an easy way to identify the presence of certain functional groups in an organic molecule. Functional groups have vibration frequencies that are characteristic of that functional group. These vibration frequencies fall with the infrared (IR) frequency range. As such, passing an IR signal through the organic compound causes the functional groups to vibrate at specific frequencies. In other words, an infrared signal that passes through an organic compound will be absorbed at these characteristic frequencies, which can be transformed into a unique spectrum.

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy


  • Measurements range is 400 - 4000 cm-1
  • Resolution +/-1 cm-1


The primary users are undergraduate MSE students. When available, other users with a budget number may have access. This instrument is not available for non-UW users expect on a case-by-case basis.


Mueller Hall Room 170


Training is in two sessions to be completed within one week of each other.

  1. Demonstration of the instrument; discussion of sample preparation and use policies
  2. Driver's test

A user unable to demonstrate competence in the test session may retake it in a third session.

Operating procedures and policies

See standard operating procedure