Materials analysis using confocal Raman microscopy

SAMMON, C., HAJATDOOST, S., EATON, P., MURA, C. and YARWOOD, J. (1999). Materials analysis using confocal Raman microscopy. Macromolecular Symposia, 141, 247-262.

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Abstract

The recent development of Raman microscopes with high optical throughput and very sensitive CCD cameras has led to Raman spectroscopy again competing effectively with FTIR methods for materials analysis. Modem Raman instruments, designed to operate confocally without serious alignment or energy trade-off problems, allow depth profiling of optically transparent polymers and polymer matrices to be routinely obtained with a spatial resolution of 1-2 mu m. The use of such an instrument is illustrated by describing recent work on polymeric material problems including, 1 The distribution and redistribution of small molecules in polymeric matrices. 2 The monitoring of adhesion primer diffusion at a polymer/silica interface. 3 The determination of the extent of interdiffusion and interaction at a polymer/polymer interface. 4 A comparison of confocal and micotoming approaches to polymer laminate analysis. The range of possible applications is increasing rapidly. It is clear that Raman microscopy will become a very important tool for future materials analysis, both in the polymer area and many other areas.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Polymers Nanocomposites and Modelling Research Centre > Polymers, Composites and Spectroscopy Group
Depositing User: Jill Hazard
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2010 14:12
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2010 09:40
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1599

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