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" Fifty Years of GC/FT-IR, 1968-2018 "

Dr. Peter Griffiths

Date: April 17, 2018

Time: 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location: University of Delaware, Lammot DuPont Lab, Room 201

Fee: None

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Following a discussion of fifty years of GC/FT-IR, the talk would finish with a description of some work that he has been doing with Adam Lanzarotta of the FDA. For this project, the separated components are deposited on a rotating Ge window on which a layer of silver has been electrodelessly deposited so that the intensity of the spectrum is increased by surface-enhanced infrared absorption (SEIRA).


Peter Griffiths obtained his B.A. and D.Phil. in Chemistry from Oxford University in England. After a two-year post-doctoral stay at the University of Maryland, he worked with Digilab, Inc. (which became the Spectroscopy Division of Bio-Rad and is now part of Agilent) on the development of the first FT-IR spectrometer of the modern era. He subsequently held positions with Sadtler Research Labs, Ohio University and the University of California, Riverside, before being appointed as Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Idaho in 1989, a position that he held for a total of 12 years. He retired in 2008 but is still very active in several aspects of vibrational spectroscopy. Over the past 30 years, his work has involved the development of better ways of measuring infrared spectra, including the optics for diffuse reflection spectroscopy, the chromatography/FT-IR interface, the hardware and software for open-path FT-IR spectrometry and investigations into surface-enhanced infrared absorption (SEIRA) spectrometry.

Griffiths has co-authored over 300 papers and 50 book chapters. He has written 3 books, of which the most important is Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy which he wrote with James de Haseth, and edited 10 others including the Handbook of Vibrational Spectroscopy, a major five-volume text covering all aspects of mid-infrared, near-infrared and Raman spectroscopy. He has received several honors and awards including the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh Award, the Coblentz Award, the Prëgl medal of the Austrian Society of Analytical Chemistry, the Gold Medal Award of the New York SAS, the Bomem Michelson Award in vibrational spectroscopy, the Gerald Birth Award in near-infrared spectroscopy and the Anachem Award. He was president of the SAS in 1994 and editor-in-chief of Applied Spectroscopy for three years. He is still an associate editor of this journal.