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

Case Studies

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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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