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Attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR)

Attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR)

FTIR is a classical technique for the characterization of chemical molecules and materials, specially organic based. The theory behind FTIR is the vibration of the bonds of the molecules. Therefore, different functional groups give different signal or peaks in a FTIR spectra. This technique is useful for several applications.

  • Characterization of organic molecule and materials.
  • Monitoring reactions in terms of chemical conversion
  • Curing/reaction kinetics
  • Impurities detection (qualitative)


  • ATR device which allows to measure solid and liquid samples without any additional sample preparation.
  • Heating device, allows to heat up the sample while measuring.

For more information, please contact VITO’s senior polymer researcher Richard Vendamme at

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