Virtual Event
March 8 - 12, 2021


Applications of FTIR & NMR Spectroscopy in Product Development (PART 1 of 2)

  • (Full Day Course - Part 1 & 2 are required together)
  • Course Number:SC6725A
Wednesday,March 10, 2021:8:30 AM -12:30 PM


Anthony Parker
Principal Scientist
A. A. Parker Consulting, LLC


This course emphasizes the practical applications of spectroscopic techniques in real-world problem-solving situations commonly experienced in industrial work environments. Although a brief background of the two most common spectroscopic methods will be given: Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR); emphases will be placed on the practical use of spectroscopic methods to achieve product development and process control objectives, problem solving objectives, and intellectual property creation objectives. Case studies illustrating how these techniques can be collectively used to solve industrial product development and process problems will be presented. Incorporation of spectroscopic data into patent claims and into statistically designed experiments for product development will also be discussed.

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Course Outline

•FTIR Principles
•Brief review of common techniques for product & process development
•Surface attenuated total reflectance (SATR)
•Specular reflection
•Grazing angle
•Review of functional group contributions
•Examples of FTIR applications
•Process history & control
•Compositional gradients in solids
•Rates of reaction
•Extruded polymers
•Bio-based polymers
•Polymer structure
•NMR Principles
•Brief review of the most common techniques
•Solution vs. solid-state
•C13 NMR
•Other nuclei
•Examples of solution and solid-state NMR applications
•Polymer composition & structure
•Additives & stability
•Surface adsorption
•Transitions & motions
•Property correlations
•Polymer composites
•Wood composites
•Patent strategy using spectroscopic data
•Statistical DOE's for product development
•Specific problems from participants

Additional Info

Course Sub-Categories (Up to 5):
Infrared Spectroscopy,Intro to Scientific Patents,Polymers,Spectroscopy,Surface Analysis

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Target Audience:
This course is appropriate for technical professionals and managers with academic backgrounds in chemistry, materials science, analytical, polymer science, and engineering disciplines. Although prior spectroscopic experience is beneficial, it is not a prerequisite for gaining an appreciation of how and when to use and apply the techniques.