Infrared Reflection-Absorption Spectroscopy (IRRAS)


This module addresses doctoral students in chemistry, physics, biophysics, and related fields with interest in understanding and using Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy (IRRAS). It introduces the basic theoretical and technical concepts of infrared spectroscopy in general and the specific features of IRRAS at the air/water interface. The potential of this technique as well as their applicability to polymeric systems will be discussed.


Day 1:

  • Lectures in the morning to understand the basic principle of IRRAS
  • Lab course in the afternoon to set up an IRRAS measurement

Day 2:

  • Presentation of research examples
  • Data treatment


  • Basic principles of IR Spectroscopy
  • Overview of different IR Techniques
  • Introduction to IRRAS and its theoretical background
  • Practical and experimental aspects of IRRAS
  • Research examples of IRRAS studies

Hands-on (lab) course

  • Preparation of Langmuir films
  • Setup of different IRRAS experiments
  • Data evaluation
  • Spectra Simulation


  • Blume, A.; Kerth, A. Biophys. Acta 2013, 1828, 2294-2305
  • Mendelsohn, R.; Mao, G. R.; Flach, C. R. Biochi. Biophys. Acta 2010, 1798, 788-800

Terms and Applications

Date: 14/15 November 2016
Time: 9.15-5pm
MLU, Von-Dankelmann-Platz 4, SR 2.02
Group size: maximal 6
Language: English


Dr. C. Schwieger


Registration completed.

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