Interpretation of Infrared Spectra
This three-day (24 hour) course provides training in the theory, comparison, identification, and interpretation of the infrared spectra of organic compounds. The course is intended for forensic scientists involved in the analysis of materials such as controlled substances, paints, fibers, and explosives where infrared spectra are used for identification. Students should possess knowledge of organic and physical chemistry commensurate with a baccalaureate degree in one of the natural sciences. Students must be familiar with the preparation and presentation of spectra. This is NOT a laboratory course. Successful completion of this course will provide the student with a basic understanding of the mechanism and theory of infrared spectroscopy and the capability of elucidating organic structures using band assignments. Students will be expected to solve practical problems in structural determinations. They may be asked to give brief oral presentations of the problem solutions. Each class is limited to 24 students.