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The advantage of using ATR to analyze liquid samples becomes apparent when short effective path lengths are required. The spectral reproducibility of liquid samples is certain as long as the entire length of the crystal is in contact with the liquid sample, ensuring the evanescent wave is interacting with the sample at the points of reflection, and the thickness of the liquid sample exceeds the penetration depth. A small path length may be necessary for aqueous solutions in order to reduce the absorbance of water.

Sample preparation

ATR-FTIR has been used in fields spanning forensic analysis to pharmaceutical applications and even art preservation. Due to its ease of use and accessibility ATR can be used to determine the purity of a compound. With only a minimal amount of sample this researcher is able to collect a quick analysis of her sample and determine whether it has been adequately purified or requires further processing. As can be seen in [link] , the sample size is minute and requires no preparation. The sample is placed in close contact with the ATR crystal by turning a knob that will apply pressure to the sample ( [link] ).

Photograph of a small sample size is being placed on the ATR crystal.
Turning the knob applies pressure to the sample, ensuring good contact with the ATR crystal.

ATR has an added advantage in that it inherently encloses the optical path of the IR beam. In a transmission FTIR, atmospheric compounds are constantly exposed to the IR beam and can present significant interference with the sample measurement. Of course the transmission FTIR can be purged in a dry environment, but sample measurement may become cumbersome. In an ATR measurement, however, light from the spectrometer is constantly in contact with the sample and exposure to the environment is reduced to a minimum.

Application to inorganic chemistry

One exciting application of ATR is in the study of classical works of art. In the study of fragments of a piece of artwork, where samples are scarce and one-of-a-kind, ATR is a suitable method of characterization because it requires only a small sample size. Determining the compounds present in art enables proper preservation and historical insight into the pieces.

In a study examining several paint samples from a various origins, a micro-ATR was employed for analysis. This study used a silicon crystal with a refractive index of 2.4 and a reduced beam size. Going beyond a simple surface analysis, this study explored the localization of various organic and inorganic compounds in the samples by performing a stratigraphic analysis. The researchers did so by embedding the samples in both KBr and a polyester resins. Two embedding techniques were compared to observe cross-sections of the samples. The mapping of the samples took approximately 1-3 hours which may seem quite laborious to some, but considering the precious nature of the sample, the wait time was acceptable to the researchers.

The optical microscope picture ( [link] ) shows a sample of a blue painted area from the robe of a 14 th century Italian polychrome statue of a Madonna. The spectra shown in [link] were acquired from the different layers pictured in the box marked in [link] . All spectra were collected from the cross-sectioned sample and the false-color map on each spectrum indicates the location of each of these compounds within the embedded sample. The spectra correspond to the inorganic compounds listed in [link] , which also highlights characteristic vibrational bands.

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of graphene you mean?
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Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
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In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
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