Ftir Spectroscopy for Wood and Bioproducts Research
As biopolymers are important components of biomaterials and foods, their chemical structure governs their physical properties. Therefore it is important to be able to rapidly and non-destructively determine chemical characteristics of materials in the solid (or gaseous) state of the final product, during chemical modification, processing regimes, weathering regimes, etc. Fourier transform Infra-red (FTIR) spectroscopy offers a rapid means of obtaining chemical information on materials efficiently within a single experiment. The acquisition of this instrument will provide added capability for determining the chemical makeup of wood based composites, bioproducts and food systems. The FTIR spectrometer is anticipated to promote multidisciplinary collaborations between researchers and facilitate the expansion, competitiveness, and long-term
stability of the associated research programs.