Oklahoma State University is now home to an advanced infrared (FTIR) system that integrates the latest infrared technologies for a broad range of multi-disciplinary research, including the fight against cancer.
“New technologies often lead to new discoveries in science,” said project leader Dr. Aihua Xie, a physics professor at OSU and fellow of the American Physical Society. “We expect that this advanced infrared system will open many new research opportunities for scientists in biology, chemistry, physics and engineering, not only at OSU but elsewhere in Oklahoma. We have already enrolled users from California and New York.”
At the core of the infrared system is a spectrometer, which produces an electromagnetic spectrum of light waves used to identify and study the chemical makeup of matter. FTIR (Fourier transform infrared) designates the type of measurement technique the spectrometer uses. The total system integrates more than 40 research instruments and accessories and is capable of performing eight different types of advanced FTIR experiments, enabling broad applications in multi-disciplinary research.
In addition to research, the system will be used to educate future scientists, engineers, and technicians. Stillwater high school students and OSU undergraduates will be offered the opportunity to access its infrared technologies as early as this fall if they enroll in a course on “Basic and Advanced Infrared Spectroscopy” that Xie will teach. The course information will soon to be posted on the facility website http://irsb.okstate.edu/. Continue reading…