Confocal Raman imaging microscopy for non-destructive analysis of impurities in polymers

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Confocal Raman Imaging Microscopy is Useful for Impurity Analysis in Polymers

NRS-3000 Series Confocal Raman Imaging Microscopy
NRS-3000 Confocal Raman Microscopy

Confocal Raman Imagingmicroscopy provides a non-destructive method for the analysis of an impurity embedded inside a polymer resin. By contrast, infrared spectroscopy requires removal or exposure of the impurity for accurate analysis. The figure demonstrates the measurement of the impurity using the NRS-3200 dispersive confocal Raman imaging microscope. The spectrum of the impurity can be easily differentiated from the spectrum of the resin. Using two separate Raman bands in the obtained spectra, the distribution of the impurity was imaged using mapping measurement. The results illustrates that the impurity could be detected even in an area where it could not be identified by visual inspection alone.

Contaminant Analysis inthe Polymer Resin

Distribution of the impurity (Peak1/Peak2)


Raman imaging microscopy

About the Author

Leah Pandiscia received her PhD from Drexel University where she studied Biophysical Chemistry. She is a Spectroscopy Applications Scientist.