Imaging Molecular Chemistry with Infrared Microscopy

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Science  20 Aug 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5431, pp. 1224-1225
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5431.1224

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Wetzel and LeVine describe a new analytical tool that uses infrared radiation and a combination of microscopy and spectroscopy to quantify the chemical composition of microscopic samples. They discuss the many applications of FT-IR microspectroscopy in forensics, materials science, art restoration and bi-ology and how future fine-tuning of the methodology will broaden the number of applications.