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Thermo Nicolet Nexus Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrofotometer

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Contact details

Mol, J.M.C. (Arjan) Dr.
Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE), Surfaces and Interfaces Group
Mekelweg 2, 2628 CD Delft
Tel : +31 (0)15 27 86778
E-mail : J.M.C.Mol@tudelft.nl
Website : Open website

General Information


Thermo Nicolet Nexus Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrofotometer


Surfaces & Interfaces lab, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, Mekelweg 2, Delft (building #34)

Key words:

FTIR, microscope, grazing angle, infrared, spectrometer, ATR

Main application:

The FTIR spectrofotometer is primarily used to study the bonding characteristics of (model) molecules on metal plate samples (Al, Mg, Au, steel).


J van den Brand, O Blajiev, PCJ Beentjes, H Terryn, JHW de Wit. Langmuir 20(15) 6318-6326, 2004

Instrument specification

The Nexus module comes equipped with MCT-A and MCT-B detectors, which are both cooled with liquid nitrogen and have a range of 4000 – 600 cm-1 and 4000 – 400 cm-1. There are three sample holders present: transmission (through coatings), Golden Gate (reversed ATR) and a Specac grazing angle module with polarizer, which can handle angles up to 85° to study low concentration surface interactions.
The Continuµm Infrared Microscope comes equipped with a MCT-A detector, cooled with liquid nitrogen. A 10x magnification objective can be used to make reflective surface scans with a resolution of about 10µm. Alternatively, this objective can be replaced with an ATR crystal module.

Amount of instruments installed:
One, owned by Netherlands Institute for Metals Research (NIMR)

Additional information:
Because of the sensitivity of the apparatus it can only be used under strict supervision after appointment when not used by members of the S&I group.