Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)

A powerful scientific measurement technique for the investigation of problem samples.

Sector: Extractive Industries,   Food & Drink,   The Environment

Analysts and FTIRFTIR Spectroscopy is a versatile analytical technique capable of providing a chemical fingerprint for a wide range of inorganic and organic samples.  

FTIR Spectroscopy can identify, characterise and qualify a large variety of samples from biological to clay minerals.  It excels at tackling ‘problem samples’, identifying unknowns or confirming identification based on a reference material.


FTIR can be applied on many samples from many different industries.

Typical Applications

Polymer identification / classification
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Paints, plastics, coatings.

Make up cosmetics
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Drugs, cosmetics.

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Whisky, food products.

Engine cogs
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Engine internal deposits, engineering components, failed/degraded rubber seals.

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Soil, plant material. 

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Scale deposits, corrosion products, produced water solids, brines, drilling fluids, clay minerals and pipeline blockages e.g. sludges and naphthenates.


  • Bruker 70 FTIR spectrometer with Hyperion microscope
  • NIR Foss 5000


The James Hutton Institute analytical laboratories operate to the standards required by UKAS accreditation and many of our routine techniques are accredited.  A full accreditation schedule can be found at

Our ability to perform a huge variety of techniques means that in general a one-off analysis may not be accredited but our total commitment to high standards ensures it will be carried out to the exacting specifications that accreditation requires.

Contact us for further information. 

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Join our free analytical webinar covering problem samples & scientific solutions / exploring investigative techniques for the energy sector 

Case Studies

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FTIR Analysis of a failed silicone ‘O’ ring provides chemical compositional information to determine the likely reason for degradation.
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Infrared Spectroscopy as a means of identifying Naphthenates which can form undesirable flow line and separator deposits.
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Chemical compatibility testing of injected fluids with umbilical liners.

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