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.


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

Organic Spectroscopy
UC Irvine, CHEM203 (undergraduate level)
Instructor: Prof James S. Nowick.
Description: The first 3 lectures cover IR spectroscopy from a chemist point of view.

Advanced Chemical Experimentation and Instrumentation
MIT 5.33 (undergraduate level)
Instructors: Prof. Andrei Tokmakoff and Dr. Mircea Gheorghiu (Laboratory Director)
Description: Advanced experimentation, with particular emphasis on chemical synthesis and the fundamentals of quantum chemistry, illustrated through molecular spectroscopy.

Lecture notes and one IR spectroscopy experiment are available.

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)

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)

Raman Spectroscopy for Measurements in Deep Space and the Deep OceanS. Mike Angel, Meggars Award (Raman, Ocean, Out of lab)

Single Molecules and Metal Nanoparticle Hot Spots – Katherine Willets, Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award (Nanospectroscopy)

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 is employed by Horiba, 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 of Horiba Instruments 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.

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