This author's second volume introduces basic principles of interpreting infrared spectral data, teaching its readers to make sense of the data coming from an infrared spectrometer. Contents include spectra and diagnostic bands for the more common functional groups as well as chapters on polyester spectra and interpretation aids.

Discussions include:

  • Science of infrared interpretation
  • Light and molecular vibrations
  • How and why molecules absorb infrared radiation
  • Peak heights, intensities, and widths
  • Hydrocarbons, carbonyl groups, and molecules with C-N bonds
  • Polymers and inorganic molecules
  • The use of atlases, library searching, spectral subtraction, and the Internet in augmenting interpretation

Each chapter presents an introduction to the nomenclature and structure of a specific functional group and proceeds with the important diagnostic bands for each group. Infrared Spectral Interpretation serves both novices and experienced practitioners in this field.

The author maintains a website and blog with supplemental material. His training course schedule is also available online.

chapter 1|29 pages

The Basics of Infrared Interpretation

chapter 2|36 pages


chapter 3|24 pages

Functional Groups Containing the C-O Bond

chapter 4|34 pages

The Carbonyl Functional Group

chapter 5|28 pages

Organic Nitrogen Compounds

chapter 7|11 pages

Inorganic Compounds

chapter 8|18 pages

Infrared Spectra of Polymers

chapter 9|11 pages

Spectral Interpretation Aids