The Thermo Nicolet Nexus 670 Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer has a microscope, differential interference contrast, and ATR accessories. This instrument, along with the Raman spectrometer, is capable of analyzing organic and some inorgranic materials using reflectance, attenuated total reflectance, and transmittance techniques.
- quality control testing of films, plastics, and adhesives used in collection housings
- forensic analysis of materials in documents, art, and artifacts
- determining organic decomposition mechanisms
- assessing the effectiveness of conservation treatments