Portable Optical Spectroscopy

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Presented by Richard Crocombe, Crocombe Spectroscopic Consulting
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST
Cost: $199

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Portable spectrometers are used for many purposes, including quality control and process analyses in industrial environments, and for scene-assessment in law enforcement, emergency response and military applications. This hands-on course will cover the capabilities of modern optical portable spectrometers (uv-visible, mid- and near-infrared and Raman). Advantages, limitations and applications of each method will be detailed. This course covers the hardware, software (including databases, algorithms, calibrations), and applications (including detection limits in the field). Emphasis is put on what each technique can and cannot do. Applications range from industrial (QA/QC), commercial (counterfeits), field, safety & security (hazardous materials, suspicious materials) and military (chemical weapons, IEDs).

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Attendees will become familiar with a wide range of portable spectrometers, their practical operation and applications. The course will enable them to select the appropriate technique for each problem, and understand the training requirements, sensitivities, limitations and trade-offs of these instruments. The claims of the manufacturers (a few of which are misleading or highly optimistic) will be examined.

• QA/QC personnel, including raw material verification, especially in pharmaceutical and chemical industries
• Process analytical technologies personnel
• Scientists working in the field, including environmental applications
• Conservation scientists
• Emergency response personnel
• Forensic scientists
• Food quality scientists

TRACK: Chemical Materials/Materials Science

CATEGORIES: Mid- and Near-Infrared Spectroscopy, Raman Spectroscopy, Spectroscopy, UV-Visible Spectroscopy


About the Instructor

Richard Crocombe graduated from Oxford University (BA, MA, chemistry) and the University of Southampton (PhD, chemistry & spectroscopy) in the UK. He now concentrates on miniature, portable and handheld spectroscopic instruments in his own consulting company. He is the lead editor of the two-volume book, ‘Portable Spectroscopy and Spectrometry’, published by John Wiley in April 2021.

Pauline Leary is a Reachback Scientist for Federal Resources. She works with military, emergency-response, transportation and critical-infrastructure customers to help them develop solutions to the problems they are experiencing with detecting, identifying and quantifying dangerous substances and other contraband in the field. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marist College, a Master of Science degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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