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The RMIT Vibrational Spectroscopy Facility, a collaborative venture with Perkin Elmer Pty Ltd, is pleased to announce the first in a series of industry oriented courses focussing on the practical aspects of Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The Facility possesses substantial knowledge in the area of FTIR spectroscopy and, in particular, its use in solving applied, real world problems. Facility members have particular expertise in the areas of industrial chemistry, surface chemistry, catalysis and new catalytic materials, and materials and polymer characterisation.

This initial course, entitled ‘FTIR Principles & Applications’, is to be held on the 1st of October and will involve a one-day session addressing the basic theory behind FTIR spectroscopy, common sample handling techniques, and industrial applications. Approximately half the day will be spent at the coal face, gaining hands-on experience using the Facilities state-of-the-art FTIR spectrometers (near-, mid-, and far-IR) and sampling accessories, including:

If you (or your staff) use, or are thinking of using FTIR, this is your opportunity to further your understanding of the basic principles behind FTIR and, more importantly, make FTIR spectroscopy a more effective and productive tool in your laboratory. Time will also be made available for the discussion of any particular problems you may be experiencing in the laboratory (it may also be possible to run some of those ‘difficult’ samples you may have).

If you are interested in attending ‘FTIR Principles & Applications’, simply complete the application form on-line. For more detailed information regarding course content, contact Professor Suresh Bhargava - Academic Director of the facility. ph 03 9925 3365  fax 03 9925 3747  e-mail : suresh.bhargava@rmit.edu.au.