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ATR FTIR Mapping of Leather Fiber Panels

Leather fiber panels are very promising materials for many applications, not only for the easy availability of the constituents but also for their outstanding fi re-retardant properties. These innovative composite panels can be an excellent material for building insulation, and in recent times, the interest of industries in this composite board has considerably arisen. For this reason the discrimination of the components in the leather fiber panels is becoming fundamental in order to ensure their homogeneous properties. A method to characterize the surface of these materials is then required. An ATR FTIR mapping system for the leather fiber panels has been performed with a Perkin–Elmer microscope coupled with a Frontier FTIR spectrometer. The system has successfully allowed transforming the optical image to a chemical one. This technique can be considered as a right tool for routine controls of the surface quality, especially when the leather shavings cannot be optically distinguished.

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Abstract of article is published in in Zhurnal Prikladnoi Spektroskopii, Vol. 81, No. 6, p. 977, November–December, 2014.

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Tondi, G., Grünewald, T., Petutschnigg, A. et al. ATR FTIR Mapping of Leather Fiber Panels. J Appl Spectrosc 81, 1078–1080 (2015).

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  • leather fiber panels
  • attenuated total reflectance
  • Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy