University of Vermont

CHEM 201: Advanced Chemistry Laboratory

Chem 201 Lab 1: FT-IR

Lab 1: High Resolution, Fourier Transform, Infrared (FT-IR) Spectroscopy


Shimadzu IRAffinity-1 FT-IR spectrometer with IRPrestige-21 software and IR gas cell with NaCl windows


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  • A.M. Halpern, Expt 37: The rotational-vibrational spectrum of HCl, Experimental Physical Chemistry: A Laboratory Notebook, 2nd ed. 1997, pp 567-84.
  • D.P. Shoemaker, C.W. Garland, & J.W. Nibler, Expt 38: Vibrational-rotational spectra of HCl and DCl, Experiments in Physical Chemistry, 5th Ed, McGraw-Hill, NY, 1989, pp 461-8.


  • D.A. Skoog, F.J. Holler & S.R. Crouch, Principles of Instrumental Analysis, 6th ed, 2007:
    • Chap 7: Components of optical instruments--especially §7I: Principles of Fourier transform optical measurements
    • Chap 16: An introduction to infrared spectrometry
  • G. Herzberg, Molecular Spectra and Molecular Structure, 2nd ed, 1979, Chap 3.
  • P.W. Atkins, Chap 16: Rotational and vibrational spectra, Physical Chemistry, 4th ed, 1990, pp 458-497.

General references specifically relating to Fourier transform IR:

  • G. Horlick, Fourier transform approaches to spectroscopy, Anal.Chem. 43(8): 61A-65A (1971) (get PDF)
  • R.B. Lam, R.C. Wieboldt, & T.L. Isenhour, Practical computation with Fourier transforms for data analysis, Anal.Chem. 53(7): 889A-900A (1981) (get PDF)
  • W.D. Perkins, Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy. Part I. Instrumentation, J.Chem.Ed. 63: A5-10 (1986)
  • W.D. Perkins, Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy. Part II. Advantages of FT-IR, J.Chem.Ed. 64: A269-71 (1987)
  • L. Glasser, Fourier transform for chemists. Part I. Introduction to the Fourier transform, J.Chem.Ed. 64: A228-33 (1987)
  • L. Glasser, Fourier transform for chemists. Part II. Fourier transforms in chemistry and spectroscopy, J.Chem.Ed. 64: A260-6 (1987)
  • L. Glasser, Fourier transform for chemists. Part III. Fourier transforms in data treatment, J.Chem.Ed. 64: A306-13 (1987)

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