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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.

Annual meeting in Vibrational Spectroscopy Section

All members of the vibrational spectroscopy section of the Swedish Chemical Society are most welcome to this year’s digital annual meeting, on November 18, 2020, at 14.15.
To join the meeting, please click on the Zoom link below and enter the meeting ID and passcode.
Meeting ID: 677 2281 1501
Passcode: 605939


Anders Sparén on behalf of Andreas Barth (chairman)


Lecture on Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy in Art and Archaeology

The section for vibrational spectroscopy proudly invites you to the lecture “Raman and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy in art and archaeology” by professor Marco Leona, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA, on November 18, 2020, at 16.00 CET.

Join Zoom Meeting (Nov 18, 16:00)
Meeting ID: 682 8023 5623
Passcode: 338039


Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) has become in the last fifteen years an invaluable analytical technique for the identification of organic colorants in works of art. The spectra of the most important natural dyes and several synthetic ones have been acquired and characterized, digital spectral libraries have been compiled, several notable examples of identification of organic colorants in important works of art have been published, and a variety of analytical methods, plasmonic substrates, and sample treatment options have been described. At The Metropolitan Museum of Art, SERS is being used routinely in the analysis of works presumed to contain organic colorants, as positive results can be obtained from samples as small as 20 micrometers across. Examples of the use of SERS in art analysis at the Met include the identification organic dyes in samples from over two hundred works of art, ranging in dates from 2000 BC to the present. The range of dyes studied and identified includes, among others, madder, kermes, lac, cochineal, methyl violet, Nile blue and eosine, spanning a range of works from Ancient Egypt to the Impressionists and to Contemporary Art.

SERS is now moving beyond the classical microsampling and microanalytical approach, with the use of gels as sampling aids for quasi-non-invasive analysis, and with inkjet system to precisely and reproducibly deliver silver colloid nanodroplets directly on the objects to be analyzed. Finally, the coupling of laser ablation with SERS microscopy is promising micrometer scale spatial resolution in the analysis of complex samples.


Marco Leona is the David H. Koch Scientist in Charge of the Department of Scientific Research at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He studied in Italy where he obtained a “Laurea in Chimica” (M.Sc., Chemistry) and a PhD in Crystallography and Mineralogy from the Universita’ degli Studi di Pavia. Prior to joining the Metropolitan Museum Dr Leona worked at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and at the Los Angeles County Museum Art LACMA. Dr. Leona pioneered the use of Surface Enhanced Raman spectroscopy to investigate natural and synthetic dyes in works of art. Besides his work at the museum he teaches analytical chemistry at the Conservation Center of New York University’s Institute of Fine Art.


Anders Sparén on behalf of Anders Nilsson and Andreas Barth