Our PerkinElmer Spectrum Two IR has arrived
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Spectrum Two IR
Microanalysis has recently acquired a PerkinElmer Spectrum Two Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrophotometer, with both transmission and attenuated total reflectance (ATR) modules to assist in its materials analysis capabilities.

For the ATR technique, a liquid or solid is placed on top of a diamond crystal, and exposed to an infrared beam, across a range of wavelengths, normally from 2.5 μm to 25 μm (wavenumber range 4000 cm−1 to 400 cm−1), that passes through the diamond crystal forming an evanescent wave that penetrates and reflects off the surface of the sample.
Infrared light will be absorbed or emitted depending upon the chemical bonding within the material and the subsequent spectral fingerprints generated can be interrogated, to determine material composition as shown in the example below.
The technique is non-destructive and enables samples to be examined directly in the solid or liquid state without further preparation. Microanalysis will be using the Spectrum Two FTIR to extend and complement our existing capabilities in:
  • The identification of unknown solid materials,
  • The analysis of polymers including surface degradation (eg. UV or heat)
  • Liquid analyte quantitation
  • Alpha quartz quantitation
  • Lubricant and fuel analysis
Spectrum Two IR Spectrometers
PerkinElmer Spectrum Two IR
Special thanks to Stephanie Moore from Scientific Partners Australia for facilitating this purchase for us.


The time has come to say farewell to two of our staff members. Mal and Kai, two of our Lab Technicians are moving on to other things.

Mal joined Microanalysis in 2010 and has worked tirelessly performing particle sizing analysis, transportable moisture limit determination, dangerous goods testing, sample prep and more. His meticulous work style and sense of humour made working with him a pleasure over the past 5 years. We will miss him!

Kai joined Microanalysis in 2014 and has diligently performed dissolution tests, dangerous goods tests, sample prep (mostly XRD in the last couple of months!), particle sizing, reporting and more. His delightful demeanour and insight into science will certainly be missed.
We wish both of them all the best in their future endeavours.

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