Library Storage and Retrieval Methods in infrared Spectroscopy

  • Stephen R. Heller
  • Stephen R. Lowry
Part of the Modern Analytical Chemistry book series (MOAC)


The use of infrared (IR) spectroscopy as the method of choice for qualitative organic analysis is well established, from the days of the Infracord through to the Fourier transform (FT) instruments of today. IR predates most other forms of molecular spectroscopy as a useful tool for the analytical organic chemist. The unique fingerprinting and identification ability provided by an IR spectrum result from the fact that the peaks in the spectrum correspond to vibrational modes that are characteristic of the complete molecule and to other modes that are directly related to specific functional groups in the molecule. This combination of group frequencies and the well-known “fingerprint” region (1400–400 cm-1) in IR spectra has made comparison of an unknown spectrum to a standard spectrum from a reference material or a reference library a commonly accepted method for compound confirmation.


Quality Index Search System Retrieval Method Spectral Library Reference Library 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen R. Heller
    • 1
  • Stephen R. Lowry
    • 2
  1. 1.Model and Database Coordination Laboratory, Agricultural Systems Research Institute, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Agricultural Research CenterUnited States Department of AgricultureBeltsvilleUSA
  2. 2.Nicolet Analytical Instrument CorporationMadisonUSA

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