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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 at regularly on a need basis.

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
Chairman: Andreas Barth
Vice chairman: Anders Nilsson
Treasurer: Anders Sparén
Secretary: vacant
Members: Lars Österlund, Andras Gorzsas, Per Uvdal, Magnus Johnsson
For the Swedish Chemical Society: Agneta Sjögren.
Election commitee: vacant.


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 PhD students presenting their research at international conferences.

To be eligible the applicant should be a PhD 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 members of the Swedish Chemical Society, and for members in other similar organisations in Europe, such as the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS), the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), and the European Physical Society (EPS).

To become a member, go to the website of the Swedish Chemical Society, click on “Medlemskap”, then on “Bli medlem”, fill in the form and tick” Sektionen för vibrationsspektroskopi”, and lastly click “Skicka”. Members of other European organisations, please contact any member of the Division of Vibrational Spectroscopy. There is no additional fee for membership in the vibrational spectroscopy section.

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

Virtual DBB seminar at Stockholm University: Prof. Sander Woutersen, University of Amsterdam
Date: 18 February 2021, 4.00 PM – 18 February 2021, 5.00 PM
Venue: Zoom

“New light on water: from “biological water” to polyether solubility”

More information here.
Meeting ID: 682 8023 5623
Passcode: 338039


Anders Sparén on behalf of Andreas Barth