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FTIR Made Easy for Better Identification of Plastics

On-Demand Course

Recorded on Nov 1, 2022

Master FTIR to ease problem solving (minimize failure, predict future cases in advance…) by gaining expertise in graph analysis to efficiently characterize your plastic materials.

Jeff Jansen, leading polymeric material analysis & failure expert will discuss:
  • Plastics characterization (identification, contamination...) with real life examples
  • Failure analysis by identifying the root cause & how to minimize them
  • How FTIR can be complemented with other techniques like DSC, TMA, TGA...

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Jeffrey A. Jansen Presented By:
Jeffrey A. Jansen

Length: 90 min

Course Type: Methodology
Level: Intermediate

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Why should you view this course?

Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) is a powerful analytical technique for the development of polymer materials. Mastering FTIR can not only enable you to characterize materials (through changes in molecular structures) but also ease problem solving across all phases of the product lifecycle including design, manufacture and failure analysis.

Join the course and:

  1. Extract more value (extent of oxidation, crosslinking, ingredient inclusion..) out of complex spectra/data obtained from FTIR on your plastics

  2. Ease failure analysis by identifying the root cause & recognizing clearly polymers, contaminants, degraded forms and unknown molecules in a mixture with FTIR & other techniques (DSC, TGA, TMA...)

  3. Save time characterizing your material with practical guidance to overcome sample preparation issues (solids analysis, additive tracing...)

Who should view this course?

Material Scientists, Engineers, Quality Control professionals who find difficulties in analyzing FTIR results as a part of material characterization & problem solving.

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Course Outline

The following sections will be covered during this session:

  1. Theory Behind the Technique (brief coverage of the principles of FTIR)

  2. FTIR Applications to Characterize Polymeric Materials / Information That FTIR Can Provide (through case studies)
    • Material Identification
    • Contamination
    • Degradation

  3. Overcoming Challenges in Sample Preparation (how to get the data needed out of the experiment)

  4. Sample Preparation Techniques
    • Attenuated Total Reflectance (ATR)
    • Reflectance
    • Micro-FTIR

  5. Interpreting the Test Results
    • Manual Spectral Band – Functionality Assignment
    • Computer Assisted Interpretation

  6. When and How to Supplement FTIR With Other Techniques to Get the Most Information (DSC, TGA, Mass Spectroscopy)

  7. Failure Analysis – Mechanism & Causes

  8. Cases Studies (showing FTIR alone and with other techniques)
    • Failure of a polycarbonate vehicle grille
    • PTFE and Aramid modified polycarbonate clips
    • and many more...

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Members Reviews

Speaking directly to an expert was very useful. Loved the enthusiasm from Jeff! He answered questions fully & gave a good broad explanation of FTIR & supplementary techniques.

Sarah J. , from NIRI

It is very good to hear from a lecturer with extensive real-world experience rather than (or in addition to) just academic knowledge. The specific examples, anecdotes, and advice regarding specific materials is invaluable.

R&D Manager , from Quantum Leap Packaging

An Excellent Course! Helped better understand the concepts behind FTIR and the basics of how to perform/analyze a test.

Eileen W. , from Shawcor Ltd.

Excellent! It gave me a good introduction to the use of FTIR for plastics analysis.

Megan C. , from Lonza Inc.

Gave me a lot of insight to use other techniques combining FTIR-analysis. I learnt about the other techniques - ATR-Crystals, for which compounds it can be used- carbon filled, non-carbon filled etc.

Niek K. , from ERT BV

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