Infrared and Raman Courses

Infrared and Raman Courses

IR Courses Staff


John M. Chalmers is currently a self-employed consultant. He worked for 34 years in the UK chemical industry (with ICI plc) as a vibrational spectroscopist, mostly associated with polymer science and characterization, retiring from the Company at the end of 1999 as a Business Research Associate. Subsequent to this, for about ten years, he held a part-time appointment position as a Senior Research Fellow/Special Lecturer with the School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. In 1991 he was the recipient of the Coblentz Society Williams-Wright Award, presented to an industrial chemist who has made significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy. John is an Honorary Member of the Coblentz Society, a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry, and an Honorary Member of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. He has co-edited several books on vibrational spectroscopy applications, and together with Peter Griffiths co-edited the five-volume “Handbook of Vibrational Spectroscopy”. For 9 years he was Chair of the UK IRDG (Infrared and Raman Discussion Group), and he has served on several other spectroscopic society committees. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and many other technical papers, and authored or co-authored 24 book chapters.

John M. Chalmers, 14, Croft Hills, Tame Bridge, Stokesley TS9 5NW. UK. Email:

James A. de  Haseth is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Georgia. He has been working with FT‐IR spectrometers for over 40 years, and has published and lectured extensively on their operation and performance. Jim is now a senior partner for Light Light Solutions, LLC, a general spectroscopy consulting firm. In addition he is currently developing a new instrument for rapid data analysis and large area measurement. The new instrument is portable, yet retains the resolution and signal-to-noise ratio of benchtop instruments. Jim has also been involved with development of spectrometric data processing algorithms for extraction of physical and chemical information from spectra of components in complex matrices. Jim is co-author, with Peter Griffiths, of the text "Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry." The second edition of the text was published in early 2007. Jim is a Distinguished Service Awardee of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and an Honorary Member of the Coblentz Society.

Dr. James A. de Haseth, Senior Partner, Light Light Solutions, LLC, P.O. Box 81486, Athens, Georgia 30608‐1486 Email:

Peter Griffiths is the Director of this course. He received his BA and DPhil from Oxford University and did post‐doctoral study at the University of Maryland. He was the product manager of the first FT‐IR spectrometer of the modern era (the Digilab FTS‐14) and worked for Digilab and Sadtler Research Labs before pursuing an academic career at Ohio University, the University of California, Riverside, and the University of Idaho, where he was chair of the Department of Chemistry for 12 years. His work has covered many different aspects of mid‐infrared, near‐infrared and Raman spectroscopy and is best known for his developments of diffuse reflection spectroscopy, the interface of FT‐IR spectrometers with various types of chromatograph, open‐path FT‐IR spectrometry and most recently surface-enhanced infrared absorption. He co‐authored the first and second editions of "Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry" with James de Haseth and has edited numerous other books, including the five‐volume "Handbook of Vibrational Spectroscopy." He has written over 300 papers and 50 book chapters on different aspects of vibrational spectroscopy. He was the Editor‐in‐Chief of Applied Spectroscopy from 2009‐2012 and is now the second editor of this journal. He has acted as a legal consultant on several patent cases. His work has been recognized through a number of awards including the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh Award, the Bomem‐Michelson Award, the Prëgl medal of the Austrian Society of Analytical Chemistry and most recently the Anachem Award.

Dr. Peter R. Griffiths, Griffiths Consulting LLC, 4150 Edgehill Dr, Ogden, Utah 84403 Email:

Robert W. Hannah has been associated with the Bowdoin Infrared Course since 1963, first as a laboratory instructor while the course was at MIT, and as a staff lecturer after the course moved to Bowdoin College. Following completion of his graduate work at Purdue University, he joined Alcoa Research as manager of the Infrared Laboratory. He moved to the Perkin‐Elmer Corporation in 1962 where he served as Senior Spectroscopist and later as Senior Scientist in the Infrared Product Group. For the last four years prior to his retirement in 1992 he was Associate Director of Research and Director of Research for the Instrument Group with laboratories in Connecticut, England, and Germany. He authored over 100 Perkin‐Elmer publications and lectured worldwide. He was the representative on the Industrial Advisory Board for the Center for Process Analytical Chemistry at the University of Washington for 13 years and served as chair for one year. Bob is an Honorary Member of the Coblentz Society, served as the Secretary for that Society for twenty years, and received the Williams‐Wright Award, presented to an industrial chemist who has made significant contributions to vibrational spectroscopy. He is currently active as a consultant and lecturer in infrared spectroscopy with emphasis on sampling procedures and instrument operation.

Dr. Robert W. Hannah [formerly Director of Research, Instrument Division, for Perkin-Elmer], 1650 Tarpon Bay Drive S, #102, Naples, Florida 34119 Email:

Ellen Nagy is the R&D Manager of Analytical Services at Georgia‐Pacific Chemicals, LLC. She has utilized vibrational spectroscopy throughout her career in industry. She has developed an expertise of using FT‐IR spectroscopy to determine the structures of newly developed chemicals as well as to identify materials that are causing issues at production or customer sites. Ellen received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Georgia under the direction of Dr. James de Haseth. She started her career at duPont’s Experimental Station working in the Polymers Division. In addition to support of the polymer development, she did research using infrared microscopy to study the degradation of polyethylene based joint implants. Ellen has been working at Georgia‐Pacific Chemicals LLC since 1992 at their R&D facility. She has done research on the thermal degradation of thermosetting polymers using TGA/FT‐IR and reaction monitoring utilizing both mid‐IR and near‐IR reaction probes. Accomplishments have included co‐authoring, with Dr. David Valdez, the chapter on analytical techniques in “Phenolic Resins, A Century of Progress” and five patents for new product developments.

Dr. Ellen V. Nagy, Georgia-Pacific Chemicals LLC, 2883 Miller Road, Decatur, GA 30035 Email: