Welcome to Advanced experimental techniques: infrared and Raman spectroscopy

This course introduces participants to the theory and practice of infrared and Raman spectroscopy as applied to the study of the physical and chemical characteristics of materials and substances. Its purpose is to provide a firm foundation in the subject concentrating on the fundamental principles, exploration of modern instrumentation applied in these techniques and description of a broad range of application examples from different areas of materials characterization. In order to leave room for a large number of application examples, the theoretical part does not go into more depth than it is necessary for a beginner`s understanding.
Hands-on sessions will be organized where the participants will carry out spectroscopic experiments on material samples provided and/or samples brought by participants themselves. Preparation of the report based upon obtained results will be required after the hands-on sessions.

Organizer: Lars Rosgaard Jensen and Ryszard Pyrz, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Day 1: Fundamentals

Welcome and Introduction     

Lecturer: Prof. Ryszard Pyrz, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aalborg University Denmark

Fundamentals of Raman and infrared spectroscopy

Lecturer: Dr. Feng-I Tai, K-Analys, AB Sweden


Day 2: Fundamentals

Instrumentation in Raman spectroscopy

Lecturer: Dr. Lars Hälldahl, K-Analys AB, Sweden

Atomic force microscopy – Raman spectroscopy – near-field scanning optical microscopy: probing the near field

Lecturer: David Lewis, Nanonics Imaging Ltd, Israel


Day 3: Applications

Raman image analysis for plant sciences

Lecturer: Dr. András Gorzsás, Department of Chemistry, Umeå University, Sweden

Nitrogen Doping Mechanism in Small Diameter Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes-revealed by Raman spectroscopy

Lecturer: Associate Professor Thomas Wågberg, Department of Physics, Umeå University, Sweden

Understanding drug delivery and cell drug interactions using Raman and SERS spectroscopy

Lecturer: Dr. Katherine Lau, Renishaw Plc, United Kingdom

Raman Study of Redox State Changes of Mitochondrial Cytochromes in a Perfused Rat Heart

Lecturer: Professor Olga Sosnovtseva, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Copenhagen University, Denmark

Integrated SPM: The future of SPM

Lecturer: David Lewis, Nanonics Imaging Ltd, Israel

Raman spectroscopy in micromechanics of composite materials and nanomaterials

Lecturer: Professor Ryszard Pyrz, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark

Raman applications in Art and Archeology

Lecturer: Dr. Lars Hälldahl, K-analys AB, Sweden


Day 4: Applications

Demonstration and hands on application of Raman and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy using the spectroscopy facilities at the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. It will be possible for the participants to bring their own samples for use in the hands on exercises. Furthermore, a demonstration of AFM-Raman spectroscopy and scanning probe microscopy will be given.


Please observe that it will be possible to enrol as follows:

- all course days

- course day 3, use this link: https://phd.moodle.aau.dk/course/view.php?id=371

- course day 3-4, use this link: https://phd.moodle.aau.dk/course/view.php?id=370



Time: 12-15 May, 2014, 9-16

Place: Fibigerstræde 16.1.108, Aalborg University

Zip code:

City: Aalborg

Number of seats: 30 (for hands-on exercises max. 15 participants can attend)

Deadline: 22 April, 2014