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Infrared chemical imaging and high temperature emission spectroscopy facility

Funding: 2002: $290,000

Project Member(s): Stuart, B., Roux, C., Thomas, P., Reedy, B., Ben-Nissan, B.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Infrastructure)
University of Newcastle (The University of Newcastle)
Curtin University (Curtin University of Technology)
University of Wollongong
University of New South Wales (The University of New South Wales)
University of Sydney (The University of Sydney)

Start year: 2002

Summary: Infrared spectroscopic imaging uses infrared radiation to analyse the chemical properties of microscopic samples in a fast and powerful manner. The images produced provide information about the different molecular chemistry at each pixel in the image. This is one of the latest and perhaps most important developments in vibrational spectroscopy, with wide applications in materials science, forensic science and the biological sciences. It is an exceptional tool for the analysis of heterogeneous solids, whether these be seized drug samples, cancer cells, fibres left at a crime scene, layers of paint from a car or a Monet painting, or polymer blends.


Tahtouh, M, Kalman, JR, Roux, CP, Lennard, CJ & Reedy, BJ 2005, 'The detection and enhancement of latent fingermarks using infrared chemical imaging', Journal Of Forensic Sciences, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 64-72.

Keywords: Infrared imaging Infrared emission spectroscopy FTIR microspectroscopy Forensic science Chemical imaging Industrial chemistry

FOR Codes: Other, Chemical Sciences not elsewhere classified, Industrial Chemistry, Construction Materials Performance and Processes not elsewhere classified