Infrared & Raman Courses, Inc., exists solely to provide continuing education resources for vibrational spectroscopy to the scientific community.


July 11-15, 2022, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine.

The 2022 course is scheduled to be held at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, July 11 though 15. The College has offered a contract for the use of their facilities. The course has been held at Bowdoin College since 1972, with the exception of 2019 when we offered the course in Philadelphia, and the last two years when we could not hold a course due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to be able to return to the College in 2022 and we look forward to being back at such a great facility.

We will continue to seek other venues for the course if the pandemic causes another cancellation at Bowdoin College. Some instrument manufacturers have offered their training facilities and it should be possible to hold the course at one of the facilities later in the year if necessary.

Vibrational spectroscopy is an extremely useful and cost effective technique for the structural elucidation of molecules and ions, as well as polymers. The ability to interpret vibrational spectra and hence to identify the presence or absence of organic or inorganic functional groups and their surrounding environment is vital to anyone who uses an infrared or Raman spectrometer.

Interpretation of Infrared and Raman Spectra. • July 11-15, 2022, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine.



The course is designed to present a strategy to determine chemical structure from both infrared and Raman spectra. Participants master how to interpret spectra in a “learn by doing” environment. The goal is to make correct band assignments with the use of multiple spectral bands and features to determine correct or informative chemical structures.




We expect to be back at Bowdoin College in 2022, but we have not as yet received final costs for the facilities from the College.

The costs of the course will be determined at a later date, but every effort will be made to keep the costs as low as possible.


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On-line registration will open as soon as we have assurance that the course will be held.  If you wish to be put on a notification or reservation list, please email: 

Updated November 22, 2021