Infrared and Raman spectroscopy of polymers examined by renowned author. 

A new Rapra review report

Vibrational spectroscopy is advantageous as an analytical tool for polymers and comprises two complementary techniques: infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopy. This new report from Rapra Technology Limited, Europe’s leading independent plastics and rubber consultancy and publishing house, presents an absorbing insight into the use of these methods in polymer science.

‘Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy of Polymers’ provides a description of the elementary theory of vibrational spectroscopy and its use as a structural tool. The author, J.L. Koenig (Case Western Reserve University), is one of the most cited spectroscopists in polymer science with over 633 papers published in peer reviewed journals and 6 textbooks. In this report he presents an overview of how IR and Raman spectroscopy can be used to provide information about complex polymeric macromolecules with respect to composition, structure, conformation and intermolecular interactions. The report details sampling techniques and discusses the application of IR and Raman spectroscopy to polymer characterisation, including crystallinity, conformation, and orientation.

Rapra Review Reports contain a state-of-the-art review, written by an acknowledged expert in the field together with several hundred of the most relevant references and abstracts identified from the Rapra Abstracts database. Thus they provide both a concise, readable introduction to the subject and the means of investigating key points in greater depth.

The report retails at £80 or US$112 (plus postage and packaging) and is available, along with further details, from or

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International Workshop on Physics & Technology of Thin Films
16-26 February 2002
Tehran, Iran.

The workshop is supported by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Italy.

More details can be found at the workshop’s homepage: