This author's second volume introduces basic principles of interpreting infrared spectral data, teaching its readers to make sense of the data coming from an infrared spectrometer. Contents include spectra and diagnostic bands for the more common functional groups as well as chapters on polyester spectra and interpretation aids.
- Science of infrared interpretation
- Light and molecular vibrations
- How and why molecules absorb infrared radiation
- Peak heights, intensities, and widths
- Hydrocarbons, carbonyl groups, and molecules with C-N bonds
- Polymers and inorganic molecules
- The use of atlases, library searching, spectral subtraction, and the Internet in augmenting interpretation
Each chapter presents an introduction to the nomenclature and structure of a specific functional group and proceeds with the important diagnostic bands for each group. Infrared Spectral Interpretation serves both novices and experienced practitioners in this field.The author maintains a website and blog with supplemental material. His training course schedule is also available online.
Table of Contents
THE BASICS OF INFRARED INTERPRETATION
Advantages and Disadvantages of Infrared Spectroscopy
The Properties of Light
What Are Infrared Spectra Used For?
How Molecules Absorb Infrared Radiation
The Origins of Peak Positions, Peak Intensities, and Peak Widths
Dealing with Mixtures
Infrared Spectral Interpretation: A Systematic 10-Step Approach
Straight Chain Alkanes
Estimating Hydrocarbon Chain Length
Distinguishing cis and transisomers
Distinguishing Mono and Di- Substituted Benzene Rings
FUNCTIONAL GROUPS CONTAINING THE C-O BOND
Alcohols and Phenols
The Affects of Hydrogen Bonding
Distinguishing Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Alcohols
Distinguishing Saturated and Aromatic Ethers
Methyl Groups Attached to an Oxygen
THE CARBONYL GROUP
Carboxylic Acids and Derivatives
Distinguishing Saturated and Aromatic Esters
ORGANIC NITROGEN COMPOUNDS
Distinguishing Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Amides
Distinguishing Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Amines
The Nitro Group
ORGANIC COMPOUNDS CONTAINING SULFUR, SILICON, AND HALOGENS
Organic Sulfur Compounds
Sufloxides, Sulfates, etc.
Organic Silicon Compounds
The Impact of Water on Inorganic Spectra
Silica and Silicates
INFRARED SPECTRA OF POLYMERS
Isocyanates and Polyurethanes
SPECTRAL INTERPRETATION AIDS
"Expert" Software Programs
Dr. Brian C. Smith founded Spectros Associates in 1992. He has practiced spectroscopy for over 30 years, and has worked for companies such as Bell Labs and Bio-Rad. Dr. Smith is also an experienced trainer and thousands of people have benefited from his spectroscopy and software training. Dr. Smith is the author of Fundamentals of Fourier Transform Spectroscopy and Infrared Spectral Interpretation, published by CRC Press, and Quantitative Spectroscopy: Theory and Practice, published by Academic Press. Dr. Smith earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Dartmouth College, and graduated summa cum laude from Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Chemistry.
"This clearly written book…is a useful addition…Smith's approach is practical; a short theoretical introduction is followed by chapters on compounds…plus a good index and glossary. A generous assortment of illustrations of spectra and problems with solutions…"
-Choice Magazine, June 1999