Applied Spectroscopy

Applied Spectroscopy is one of the world's leading spectroscopy journals, publishing high-quality articles, both fundamental and applied, covering all aspects of spectroscopy. Established in 1951, the journal is owned by the Society for Applied Spectroscopy and is published monthly. The journal is dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the Society to “…advance and disseminate knowledge and information concerning the art and science of spectroscopy and other allied sciences.”

The journal publishes high-impact reviews, original research papers, and technical notes. In keeping with the society mandate, review  papers are available on a gold open access basis. This means that the articles are freely available to scientists, students, and the general public worldwide.

With an Impact Factor of 1.94, Applied Spectroscopy is in the top quartile of journals in the Instruments and Instrumentation category and in the top half of the Spectroscopy category.


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(1951 to present)


   June 2014 Cover Feature

Optical trapping confocal Raman microscopy is a spectroscopic method capable of acquiring information at several stages of development of dispersed particulate materials. In this issue, an example adsorbent material is developed, and confocal Raman microscopy is employed for characterization at each stage of the process. Vinyl polymerization of extruded dispersions of sodium 11-acrylamido­undecanoate, at elevated temperatures where the initiator decomposes to generate radicals, produces stable spherical particles, as shown in the false color SEM image on the cover. Confocal Raman microscopy of individual, optically trapped surfactant particles can be used to monitor the polymerization, and from the loss of detectable scattering from the C=C stretch and the =C–H in-plane bend, the polymerization is found to be complete. A spectrum of the polymerized sample returned to lower temperature shows that alkyl chain reordering (C–C stretching from trans-conformers) is not inhibited by the acrylate backbone, despite the fact that polymerization takes place at high temperatures when the alkyl chains are disordered. For more information, see the article “Confocal Raman Microscopy for Investigating Synthesis and Characterization of Individual Optically Trapped Vinyl-Polymerized Surfactant Particles” by Jonathan J. Schaefer, Alexis C. Crawford, Marc D. Porter, and Joel M. Harris.

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Methods and Applications of Raman Microspectroscopy to Single‑Cell Analysis


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AFM-IR: Combining Atomic Force Microscopy and Infrared Spectroscopy for Nanoscale Chemical Characterization


Determination of Absolute Configuration of Chiral Molecules Using Vibrational Optical Activity: A Review


Nucleic Acid Fluorescent Probes for Biological Sensing


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