Recommended Resources

Links to additional spectroscopy resources, videos, books, publications, websites and more

PIKE Technologies calculator allows you to do unit conversion (wavelength to wavenumber), ATR calculation (depth, angle and reflections), thickness calculation (pathlength of transmission liquid cell, thickness of free standing film by specular reflection, thickness of free standing film by transmission), and has crystal properties information for AMTIR, BaF2, CaF2, Diamond, Ge, KBr, KRS-5, NaCl, Sapphire, Si, Zns, and ZnSe.

Books

The Coblentz Society provides reference material in the form of publications of Spectral Databases and Coblentz Society Special Collections (in hardbound books). Information on ordering the books may be found in the Society’s online store.

 

Spectroscopy Educational Notes, Classes, Videos

IR and Raman Identification: Beyond Direct Spectral Searching
Instructor: Dr. James de Haseth
Description: This four part webinar goes beyond a simple search and explores how to derive more information including:

  • Comparing complex information in spectra between unknown and library entries
  • Narrowing and improving your spectral search results
  • Utilizing the search system to assist in interpretation of the unknown

Portable Spectroscopy Within Forensics, Law Enforcement, Safety and Security
Description: This webinar will provide insights into the use of portable spectroscopy in Forensics, Law Enforcement, Safety and Security.  Three Coblentz members will address the following topics.

  • Crime Scene Spectroscopy & Spectrometry
    Brooke Kammrath, University of New Haven, West Haven, USA
  • The Use of Portable Spectrometers in Safety and Security Applications
    Pauline Leary, Federal Resources, Stanfordville, USA
  • Handheld Raman, SERS, SORS – and their Applications
    Mike Hargreaves, Rigaku Analytical Devices, Wilmington, USA

Portable Spectroscopy within Clinical, DNA and Food
Description: This webinar will focus on portable spectroscopy and how smartphones, rapid DNA analysis and miniaturized sensor are changing the landscape of the Clinical and Food areas. The speakers are:

  • A Point of Need? The Rise of the Smartphone In and Out of the Clinic
    Dr. William Peveler, University of Glasgow
  • Rapid DNA Analysis – The Need for Speed
    Dr. Claire Glynn, University of New Haven, West Haven, USA
  • Applications in Food, Feed, and Agriculture: Current Trends, Arising Opportunities and Remaining Challenges
    Dr. Krzysztof B. Bec & Prof. Mag. Dr. Christian W. Huck, University of Insbruck, Austria

Portable Spectroscopy within Field, Industrial and Anti-Counterfeiting Applications
Description: Portable Spectroscopy is revolutionizing Industrial and field applications.  Join the speakers, all Coblentz Society members, to understand how the technology is applied in their areas of expertise.  The speakers are:

  • Portable FTIR Spectroscopy for In-Field Chemical Threat Identification 
    Dr. David Schiering, RedWave Technology, USA
  • Applications of Portable Optical Spectrometers in the Chemical Industry
    Dr. Shawn Chen Dow Chemical, USA
  • Spectroscopic Detection of Counterfeit Drugs in the Field 
    Dr. Richard Crocombe, Crocombe Spectroscopic Consulting, USA

Small-Molecule Spectroscopy and Dynamics
MIT 5.80 (graduate level)
Instructor: Prof. Robert Field
Description: Spectroscopy of small molecules in the gas phase: quantum mechanical effective Hamiltonian models for rotational, vibrational, and electronic structure; transition selection rules and relative intensities; diagnostic patterns and experimental methods for the assignment of non-textbook spectra; breakdown of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation (spectroscopic perturbations); the stationary phase approximation; nondegenerate and quasidegenerate perturbation theory (van Vleck transformation); qualitative molecular orbital theory (Walsh diagrams); the notation of atomic and molecular spectroscopy.

Lecture notes and videos of classes are available. This is an advanced class!

Introduction to IR spectroscopy
Organic Lab Lectures
Instructor: Owen Priest, Northwestern University
(Series of videos, starts at 3)

Coblentz Society Webcasts

2023

The Latest Trends in Biopharmaceutical Analysis
Spectroscopic techniques are on the forefront of discovery and for helping researchers find better treatments for a variety of diseases to improve human health. This event, features researchers on the cutting edge of biopharmaceutical and biospectroscopy analysis. These four sessions will focus on everything from the analysis of clinical stage antibodies, to photothermal mid-infrared imaging in biomedicine, and how new machine learning methods can enhance analysis results.

Molecular Spectroscopy in Practice 2023 Focus on Fundamentals
Wise, experienced experts present tutorials on core knowledge and best practices for working with molecular spectroscopy techniques, from developing methods through analyzing samples, and data analysis, for Raman, mid-infrared (MIR), and near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy.

2022

Spectroscopy in Biopharmaceutical Analysis
What are the latest capabilities of spectroscopic techniques in pharmaceutical analysis? What is the current state of implementation of these techniques? How do the latest techniques and applications fit into the current regulatory context? This insightful two-day virtual symposium gets the answers to these questions and more, as we look at the application of a range of spectroscopic techniques for different types of analyses in the pharmaceutical industry, from early R&D through manufacturing.

Molecular Spectroscopy in Practice 2022 Investigating Problems in Industry and Beyond
This event provides essential information for molecular spectroscopists developing methods for an applying molecular spectroscopy techniques, including Raman, infrared (IR), and fluorescence spectroscopy, to investigate practical problems in industrial settings and beyond.

2021

Molecular Spectroscopy in Practice 2021 Raman and IR Imaging Theory and Applications
This event discusses both theory and applications of Raman and Infrared Imaging with particular emphasis on applications in addition to the theory of each technique.

2020

Portable Spectroscopy in 2020
Starting about 15 years ago, portable optical spectrometers were developed, costing more than $20,000 and targeted at first responders, hazardous materials (HazMat) teams, and the military. These instruments have developed in sophistication and over the years and have been applied to a growing number of analyses, including street narcotics, raw material identification and fraudulent goods. Recently, much lower cost handheld spectrometers have come onto the market, some aimed at the consumer. The open questions are: What applications are these targeted at, and in the hands of the general public, can they provide reliable information? In addition, portable hyperspectral instruments are now being developed, and again being marketed to the general public, raising the same questions. This webcast surveys the field and explores these issues.

Molecular Spectroscopy in Practice 2020 – Fundamentals
This two-day event will provide highly practical information for molecular spectroscopists and analytical laboratory staff working with molecular spectroscopy techniques. The first day,  focuses on Raman spectroscopy, and the second day, on infrared (IR) spectroscopy

Solving Problems When Using FT-IR
Infrared (IR) spectroscopy, known to many people who use it as Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) because FT-IR instruments are the most common type of instrument design, is a very powerful approach for both determining the identity of materials and quantifying components in a mixture. When IR spectroscopy is used with various sampling approaches it becomes very easy to obtain spectra from a sample. But these techniques only work if the operator understands the abilities and limitation of both the instrument and the sampling approach. This webcast will discuss some of the benefits and pitfalls of this common technique, and how to address three common types of problems?

Infrared – Research Webcasts

Emerging Trends in Infrared Spectroscopic Imaging: From Theory to TherapyRohit Bhargava, Presentation, Craver Award (Infrared Imaging)

Vibrational Optical Activity: A Mature New Field of Vibrational SpectroscopyLawrence Nafie, Presentation, Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award (Infrared, Raman)

Ultrafast Vibrational Energy Relaxation and Fluctuation Dynamics in Water, Salt Solutions and Model Lipid SystemsLawrence Ziegler, Presentation, Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award (Biospectroscopy)

Structure and Morphology in Triaxial Electrospun FibersBruce Chase, Presentation, Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award (Nano Infrared Spectroscopy Polymers)

Automatic Baseline Subtraction of Bipolar Spectra Using Minima Identification and Discrimination via Adaptive Least-Squares ThresholdingPeter Griffiths, Presentation, Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award (Infrared Data Processing)

Vibrational Spectroscopic Imaging: Theory, Application, and Advances Part 1Rohit Bhargava, Presentation, FACSS Innovation Award (Infrared Imaging)

Vibrational Spectroscopic Imaging: Theory, Application, and Advances Part 2Rohit Bhargava, Presentation, FACSS Innovation Award (Infrared Imaging)

Bioprocess Monitoring with Ultrasound-Enhanced ATR Mid-IR SpectroscopyBernhard Lendl, FACSS Innovation Award (Infrared)

Reflections on a Career in Spectroscopy and Advice for the Next Generation of ScientistsPeter Griffiths, Anachem Award (Mentoring, Infrared)

Broad Bandwidth Trace Gas and Standoff Detection with Infrared Frequency Comb SourcesNathan Newbury, Pittsburgh Conference (Frequency combs, Infrared)

Infrared – Education Webcasts

Register for the following talks at Spectroscopy Online.

    • Infrared Microscopy How and Why Would You Want To Use ItEllen V. Miseo
    • Pitfalls and Challenges of Infrared Sample PreparationJenni Briggs
    • Solving Problems in FT-IREllen V. Miseo
    • Strategies and Resources for Infrared Spectral InterpretationPeter J. Larkin
IR & Raman Identification: Beyond Direct Spectral Searching
A four-part webinar series on effective use of IR & Raman Identification by Dr. James de Haseth

Raman – Research Webcasts

Vibrational Optical Activity: A Mature New Field of Vibrational Spectroscopy –  Lawrence Nafie, Presentation, Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award (Infrared, Raman)

UV Raman Studies of Protein and Peptide Structure and Folding StudiesSanford Asher, Presentation, Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award (Raman, Biospectroscopy)

Nanometer-Scale Studies Using Tip Enhanced Raman SpectroscopyVolkert Deckert, Interview (NanoRaman)

Biological Analysis using SERS — The Strathclyde Story – Duncan Graham, Presentation, Craver Award (Raman, Surface Enhance Spectroscopy, SERS)

Raman Spectra of Graphene and Carbon NanotubesMildred Dresselhaus, Presentation (Raman, Graphene)

Biomedical Analysis at the Nanometer Scale with SERSDuncan Graham, Interview, Craver Award (Raman, Surface Enhance Spectroscopy, SERS)

Stand-off Trace Detection of Explosives by Raman SpectroscopyKen Pohl, Pittsburgh Conference (Raman, Stand Off)

Raman Spectroscopy in Forensic Sciences –  Igor Lednev, Interview (Raman, Forensic)

Multiplexed and Sensitive Bioanalysis using Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) – Karen Faulds, Presentation (Raman, SERS, Biospectroscopy)

Expanding the Frontiers of Raman in Pharmaceutical Discovery and DevelopmentDon Pivonka, Presentation, Charles Mann award (Raman, Pharmeceutical)

Raman – Education Webcasts

David Tuschel’s Raman Channel on YouTube (Although Dr. Tuschel was employed by HORIBA Scientific, he is also a member of the Coblentz Society and an acknowledged expert in his field. Use of this channel should not be construed as an endorsement by the Society.)

Register for the talks below at Spectroscopy Online.

      • Basic Principles of Raman Spectroscopy with ImagingDavid Tuschel
      • Important Characteristics of Raman SpectroscopyPeter J. Larkin
      • Introduction to Raman Theory and Instrument DevelopmentJames A. de Haseth
      • Raman Spectroscopy’s Coming of AgeFay Nicolson
IR & Raman Identification: Beyond Direct Spectral Searching
A four-part webinar series on effective use of IR & Raman Identification by Dr. James de Haseth
Interviews (History) – Coming Soon!
Interview with Robert Hannah – Coblentz Secretary 1968 to 1991 (Audio)
Robert Hannah was a prominent Coblentz member and instrumental in the field of infrared spectroscopy.  Listen to his discussion of the early days of the field.

Interview with Jeanette Grasselli-Brown (Audio)
Jeanette Grasselli-Brown is a prominent spectroscopist who has been involved in both Infrared and Raman and is a role model for many of the women in spectroscopy.  Listen to her as she describes the field and her interactions with Clara Craver, who was also instrumental in the Society.

Recent Books Authored by Coblentz Members
Wave Optics in Infrared Spectroscopy book cover

Wave Optics in Infrared Spectroscopy
Theory, Simulation, and Modeling

Thomas G. Mayerhöfer

ScienceDirect

ISBN: 978-0443220319

Handbook of Raman Spectroscopy: From the Research Laboratory to the Process Line

Handbook of Raman Spectroscopy: From the Research Laboratory to the Process Line

Ian R. Lewis (Author), Howell Edwards (Author)

CRC Press

ISBN: 978-0367411022

Raman Spectroscopy in Archaeology and Art History

Raman Spectroscopy in Archaeology and Art History

Howell Edwards (Editor), John M Chalmers (Editor)

Royal Society of Chemistry

ISBN:  978-0854045228

Micro-Raman Spectroscopy: Theory and Application

Micro-Raman Spectroscopy: Theory and Application

Jürgen Popp (Editor), Thomas Mayerhöfer (Editor) 

De Gruyte

ISBN: 978-3110514797

Pharmaceutical and Medical Applications of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

Pharmaceutical and Medical Applications of Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

Emil W. Ciurczak , Benoît Igne

Taylor & Francis Inc

ISBN: 978-0367268404

Practical Guide to Interpretive Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

Practical Guide to Interpretive Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

Jerry Workman Jr.  (Author), Lois Weyer (Author)

CRC Press

ISBN: 978-1584885948

Statistics in Spectroscopy

Statistics in Spectroscopy

Howard Mark  (Author), Jerry Workman Jr. (Author)

Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0124725317

Microscopic and Spectroscopic Imaging of the Chemical State

Microscopic and Spectroscopic Imaging of the Chemical State 

Michael D. Morris (Author)

CRC Press

ISBN: 978-0854043569

Handbook of Near-Infrared Analysis

Handbook of Near-Infrared Analysis

Emil W. Ciurczak (Editor), Benoît Igne (Editor), Jerome Workman, Jr. (Editor), Donald A. Burns (Editor)

CRC Press

ISBN: 978-1138576483

Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy: Principles and Spectral Interpretation

Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy: Principles and Spectral Interpretation

Peter J. Larkin 

Elsevier

ISBN: 978-0128041628

Vibrational Spectroscopy in Protein Research: From Purified Proteins to Aggregates and Assemblies

Vibrational Spectroscopy in Protein Research: From Purified Proteins to Aggregates and Assemblies

Yukihiro Ozaki (Editor), Malgorzata Baranska (Editor), Igor K. Lednev (Editor), Bayden R. Wood (Editor)

Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0128186107

Chemometrics in Spectroscopy

Chemometrics in Spectroscopy

Howard Mark (Author), Jerry Workman Jr. Jr. (Author)

Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0128053096

Practical Guide and Spectral Atlas for Interpretive Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

Practical Guide and Spectral Atlas for Interpretive Near-Infrared Spectroscopy

 Jerry Workman Jr.  (Author), Lois Weyer (Author)

CRC Press

ISBN: 978-1439875254

Near-Infrared Spectroscopy: Theory, Spectral Analysis, Instrumentation, and Applications

Near-Infrared Spectroscopy: Theory, Spectral Analysis, Instrumentation, and Applications

Yukihiro Ozaki (Editor), Christian Huck (Editor), Satoru Tsuchikawa (Editor), Søren Balling Engelsen (Editor)

Springer

ISBN: 978-9811586477

Modern Raman Microscopy Technique and Practice

Modern Raman Microscopy Technique and Practice

Alexander Rzhevskii

Cambridge Scholars Press

ISBN: 978-1-52756784-9

Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy in Forensic Science

Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy in Forensic Science

John M. Chalmers, Howell G.M. Edwards, Michael Hargreaves

Wiley

ISBN: 978-0470749067

Portable Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, Technologies and Instrumentation (Portable Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, Volume 1)

Portable Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, Technologies and Instrumentation (Portable Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, Volume 1)

Richard A. Crocombe, Pauline E. Leary, Brooke W. Kammrath

Wiley

ISBN: 978-1119636366

Portable Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, Technologies and Instrumentation (Portable Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, Volume 2)

Portable Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, Technologies and Instrumentation (Portable Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, Volume 2)

Richard A. Crocombe, Pauline E. Leary, Brooke W. Kammrath

Wiley

ISBN: 978-1119636403

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry

Peter R. Griffiths, James A. de Haseth

Wiley

ISBN: 978-0471194040