Live Courses


One of the best ways to learn is in a live face to face environment. Currently SAS is offering live courses in conjunction with the major Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy conferences (Pittcon, SciX and EAS). Depending on the education chair for each conference there might be different offerings at each conference. 

In this time of Covid-19, the conferences are investigating the best delivery methods.  Please come back often to see the current status.

"Interpretation of Infrared and Raman Spectra"

Training for the interpretation of vibrational spectra. Interpretation of infrared and Raman spectra is a necessary skill for many scientists, technicians, and engineers. This training is presented by Infrared & Raman Courses, Inc.  and will be offered July 12 through 16, 2021 at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine. Full course details and registration are available at:


The society has a growing list of courses.  Some are offered only live, some are offered over the web and some can be in recorded form.  All the courses have been developed by Society members who have extensive experience in both the technical matter and how to teach it.  Many of our members have gained their experience working for instrument companies but the content listed here has been curated and do not represent a recommendation for any one company.

A Practical Introduction to Infrared, Raman and Near Infrared Spectroscopy (SAS101) James de Haseth

This course will present the origins of spectral bands in Infrared, Raman, and NIR spectroscopy. This will start with a discussion of the fundamental vibrations in mid-infrared and Raman spectra and explain how overtone and combination bands can appear in the NIR as well as in mid-infrared and Raman spectra.  Some direct guidelines will be presented to show which transitions are allowed.  This will not be a theoretical discussion that involves mathematics or quantum mechanics, but rather an understanding of the physical phenomena that led to the development of the mathematical approaches.  Further topics include instrumental issues such as resolution, instrumental effects on spectral lineshape, and effects of mathematical manipulation of spectra.

Searching Infrared and Raman Spectra (SAS102) James de Haseth

In a general sense, spectral searching is a simple operation.  An unknown spectrum is presented to the search system software, the spectral databases are searched, and a result presented.  This simple operation in no way explains how to optimize the process to arrive at the best, ideally the correct, identification.  There is more than one search algorithm, so which one should be used?  What if the unknown compound is not in the database?  What if the unknown spectrum represents a mixture?  How can we proceed to find these answers?  This course will address these issues and more.

Participants will be provided with a two-week trial copy of Bio-Rad Informatics KnowItAll® Software to use during and after the course.  It will not be possible to provide laptop computers for participants; therefore, the software will be sent to the participants shortly before the course so that it can be installed on a Windows 7 or 10 laptop computer.

Problems with FT-IR spectra and How to Avoid Them (SAS103) Ellen V. Miseo, Jenni Briggs

Users of FT-IR spectrometers may have received little or no formal training in spectroscopy and therefore cannot distinguish between “good” and “bad” spectra.  In this course, we will show many of the problems that are commonly encountered with FT-IR spectra measured by inexperienced (and often experienced!) users and show how to avoid them.

Problems can appear from the instrument, the sample accessory and/or presentation.  Since the bulk of the samples that are currently analyzed are done by Attenuated Total Reflection we will cover it in detail.  We will also address common problems associated with other accessories.  This year we will also be including a “tricks of the trade” component to the class.

Introduction to Raman Spectroscopy and Imaging with Applications (SAS104) David Tuschel

In this course, you will learn the basics of applied Raman spectroscopy and imaging. In addition, students will be taught the application of group theory to crystalline materials and how to apply those symmetry rules to perform “Raman Crystallography”. The topics and content will be of value to researchers in industry and academia, analytical chemists, laboratory technicians, teachers, graduate students and materials scientists. The instructor will teach Raman spectroscopy and imaging at a practical level and cover those topics which will allow the student to apply the material learned in the laboratory, workplace and classroom.

Process Analytical Technology:  Out of the Lab and into the Line (SAS105) James Rydzak

Process analytical technology (PAT) is a tool for product development, scale up and manufacturing of any chemical product.  In this course, you will learn about the benefits of in-process monitoring, how to justify and plan the analysis implementation.  Different process analytical tools will be discussed, how to implement them and how to choose between them for your application. How to  use  PAT to save time and money, improve your green scores in development and manufacturing become proficient at PAT will be discussed. Various applications, from various industries will be used to explain concepts and provide examples of implementation.

Modern Portable Analytical Spectroscopy (SAS106) Richard Crocombe, Pauline Leary

Portable spectrometers are used for many purposes, including quality control and process analyses in industrial environments, and for scene-assessment in law enforcement, emergency response and military applications.  This hands-on course will cover the capabilities of modern portable spectrometers covering elemental spectroscopy (x-ray fluorescence and laser induced breakdown spectroscopy), molecular/optical (infrared and Raman), and mass spec/molecular (ion mobility and gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy).  Advantages, limitations and applications of each method will be detailed.  Attendees will be exposed to sampling and use of these systems during the hands-on exercises

An Introduction to Quantitative Spectroscopic Analysis (SAS107) Debbie Peru

 A comprehensive course on the fundamentals of quantitative method development. This course is designed to provide you with practical knowledge and tools to:

  • Select the right technology for your application;
  • Understand the basic theory, advantages, and disadvantages of Infrared (NIR, Mid), Raman, UV-Vis, and Fluorescence spectroscopy;
  • Manage method development projects from inception through implementation;
  • Ask the right questions when meeting with your customers, key stakeholders & colleagues;
  • Apply quantitative algorithms, statistics, and preprocessing tools;
  • Deliver a quantitative method with associated validation, and on-going performance verification checks

Preprocessing: How to and How Not to Do It (SAS108) Woody Barton

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