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Vibrational Spectroscopy


The Division of Vibrational Spectroscopy at  the Swedish Chemical Society is a member organization that has the following goals:

•Spreading knowledge of vibrational spectroscopy and associated chemometric techniques
•Supporting education in these topics
•Bringing users, developers and instrument manufacturers together for exchange of information and discussions
•Organizing meetings, symposia, workshops, etc
•The society meetings are held in conjunction with the biannual Analytical Days (sv. Analysdagarna) (even years)

What is vibrational spectroscopy?

Vibrational spectroscopy is the collective name for a variety of analytical techniques, usually including mid, near and far infrared and Raman spectroscopies.

They are powerful tools frequently used in both academia and industry.In fundamental research they provide information about chemical identity, chemical bonding and structure.

Applications are e.g. monitoring, regulating and controlling processes and determining product quality within many branches of industry and the public sector.

Examples are found in clinical measurement, environmental measurement, waste management, forest industry, food industry, pharmaceutical industry, homeland security, chemical industry, semiconductor industry

From 1 April 2009 NIR Nord is a new division of the Swedish Chemical Society. The new name of our society is: The Swedish Chemical Society, Division of Vibrational Spectroscopy. The mission of The NIR Nord Society will continue.

Guided by the lack of a national forum for vibrational spectroscopists the ambition of the new society will be to encompass all aspects of vibrational spectroscopy to cover this need. We welcome members from all fields of science using vibrational spectroscopy in their research.

Board members 2017:
•Chairman: Andreas Barth
•Vice chairman: Anders Nilsson
•Secretary: vacant (Anders Sparén acting)

•Treasurer: Anders Sparén
•Members: Lars Österlund, Andras Gorzsas, Per Uvdal
•Associate member: Bo Karlberg for the Analytical Section
•For the Swedish Chemical Society: Agneta Sjögren

•Election commitee: Lars Hälldahl


The society collaborates with the NIR Research Foundation which grants annual scholarships amounting to a maximum of 40 000 SEK.

The mission of the NIR Research Foundation is to promote scientific research and education within the areas of vibrational spectroscopy and chemometrics.

Grants are mainly provided for travel and conference fees to graduate students presenting their research at international conferences.

To be eligible the applicant should be a graduate student within the fields of vibrational spectroscopy and chemometrics at a Nordic university.

The application should contain the following:
– Purpose of activity, location, name of conference, dates, type of presentation, etc. (1 page)
– Accepted abstract
– CV (2 pages)
– Budget (1 page)

Application should be sent to Lars Österlund and Paul Geladi

Contacts: Prof. Lars Österlund:  +46 18 471 6383, +46 702 562425 or Prof. Paul Geladi:     +46 90 7868793

The Division of Vibrational Spectroscopy is open for mebers of the Swedish Chemical Society.

Membership trough the Swedish Chemical Society, click on ”Medlemskap” and choose ”Jag vill tillhöra sektionen för vibrationsspektroskopi”. The fee is 100 SEK per year.

We welcome members from all branches of vibrational spectroscopy from both academia and industry.

Annual meeting for the Vibrational Spectroscopy Section

Date: 2017-11-06
Time: 11.00-12.00 CET

All members of the section are most welcome to participate in the the annual meeting that will be held as a virtual meeting. You can do that in three ways:

1) Click on this link.

2) Call the telephone number below, and give the meeting ID. Telephone number: +46850254189; meeting ID: 74251#

3) Call in to the meeting, using the this link:+46850254189p74251#