FTIR is the most widely used method for the identification of the majority of organic and some inorganic components. The new MB3000, the next generation of ABB’s FTLA2000 / BOMEM MB100-100 series, is the most stable and multi-purpose spectrometer. The MB3000 has no expected maintenance for the first 10 years, representing a saving of approximately 10,000 EUR.
The MB3000 has non-hygroscopic ZnSe optics therefore insensitive to moisture. Unlike the former series where KBr has been used, purging is now unnecessary. The optics of the new instrument can no longer be damaged by moisture. In the old series and other existing spectrometers He-Ne lasers are used which, after approximately 3 to 5 years, should be replaced. The new MB3000 uses solid-state lasers which never have to be replaced.
With the MB3000 a variety of applications are possible, including PET films, lotions, emulsions, pastes, gases, coatings and many other products. Quantitative or qualitative methods can be developed with the new software package Horizon Quantify.
The MB3000 system can be equipped with various gas cells for the different applications. Now you can use the system for your research study on gas or just connect it to a stack with some additional sampling handling components. The MB3000 series is widely used in continuous emission monitoring systems.


To record an infrared spectrum, a small amount of the test material is exposed to infrared light. The spectral region of the Infrared analyzer is 480 to 8500 cm-1. The sample size is approximately 5 mg or a spot size of 1 mm2. The spectrum can be taken with various accessories: Universal Sampling (single or multi-bounce ATR, Attenuated Total Reflectance), Traditional Sampling (KBr pellets, etc.), Diffuse Reflectance, Gas Analysis, Specular Reflectance and Microscopic sampling.

Atoms in a molecule are linked together by chemical bonds that vibrate with a specific frequency depending on the location and type of functional group in the molecule. When the energy (frequency of the infrared light) is sufficient for this vibration (stretching and bending) it can be related to a corresponding specific functional group. The specific wavelengths of infrared light that can be absorbed by a material depend on the number of specific chemical bonds that are in the molecule. Each material has its own fingerprint infrared spectrum.

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