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The advantage of using ATR to analyze liquid samples becomes apparent when short effective path lengths are required. The spectral reproducibility of liquid samples is certain as long as the entire length of the crystal is in contact with the liquid sample, ensuring the evanescent wave is interacting with the sample at the points of reflection, and the thickness of the liquid sample exceeds the penetration depth. A small path length may be necessary for aqueous solutions in order to reduce the absorbance of water.

Sample preparation

ATR-FTIR has been used in fields spanning forensic analysis to pharmaceutical applications and even art preservation. Due to its ease of use and accessibility ATR can be used to determine the purity of a compound. With only a minimal amount of sample this researcher is able to collect a quick analysis of her sample and determine whether it has been adequately purified or requires further processing. As can be seen in [link] , the sample size is minute and requires no preparation. The sample is placed in close contact with the ATR crystal by turning a knob that will apply pressure to the sample ( [link] ).

Photograph of a small sample size is being placed on the ATR crystal.
Turning the knob applies pressure to the sample, ensuring good contact with the ATR crystal.

ATR has an added advantage in that it inherently encloses the optical path of the IR beam. In a transmission FTIR, atmospheric compounds are constantly exposed to the IR beam and can present significant interference with the sample measurement. Of course the transmission FTIR can be purged in a dry environment, but sample measurement may become cumbersome. In an ATR measurement, however, light from the spectrometer is constantly in contact with the sample and exposure to the environment is reduced to a minimum.

Application to inorganic chemistry

One exciting application of ATR is in the study of classical works of art. In the study of fragments of a piece of artwork, where samples are scarce and one-of-a-kind, ATR is a suitable method of characterization because it requires only a small sample size. Determining the compounds present in art enables proper preservation and historical insight into the pieces.

In a study examining several paint samples from a various origins, a micro-ATR was employed for analysis. This study used a silicon crystal with a refractive index of 2.4 and a reduced beam size. Going beyond a simple surface analysis, this study explored the localization of various organic and inorganic compounds in the samples by performing a stratigraphic analysis. The researchers did so by embedding the samples in both KBr and a polyester resins. Two embedding techniques were compared to observe cross-sections of the samples. The mapping of the samples took approximately 1-3 hours which may seem quite laborious to some, but considering the precious nature of the sample, the wait time was acceptable to the researchers.

The optical microscope picture ( [link] ) shows a sample of a blue painted area from the robe of a 14 th century Italian polychrome statue of a Madonna. The spectra shown in [link] were acquired from the different layers pictured in the box marked in [link] . All spectra were collected from the cross-sectioned sample and the false-color map on each spectrum indicates the location of each of these compounds within the embedded sample. The spectra correspond to the inorganic compounds listed in [link] , which also highlights characteristic vibrational bands.

Questions & Answers

What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply

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