Courses and Training


All users are provided with one-on-one training when they start using any equipment within the Facility. The level of training will range from routine spectroscopy to more advanced techniques depending on the users research requirements. Basic routine training includes basic spectrometer operation such as starting up, alignment (where applicable), sample handling, background/sample spectra and troubleshooting. An extensive user manual is also provided for each instrument.

We also provide more formalised training in our workshops that are held biannually. Details about these courses can be found below.

Vibrational Spectroscopy: Introduction to Theoretical and Practical Aspects

The course is designed to provide an overview of the theory of vibrational spectroscopy but emphasis will be placed on the practical aspects of collecting spectra i.e. sampling techniques, understanding the origin of sampling artifacts etc. Lectures will be held in the morning and will be followed by two practical sessions in the afternoon, each of which will be 1.5 to 2 hrs in length.

The practical sessions will complement the information discussed in the morning lectures. The experiments allow the participants to have hands-on access to a variety of research grade instrumentation and sampling accessories together with the latest software used to operate the equipment.

The topics which will be covered in the lectures include:

  • Basic Theory of Vibrational Spectroscopy
  • Introduction to Spectrometers
  • Sample Presentation and Preparation
  • Data Manipulation
  • Sampling Techniques for Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy
  • Applications of Vibrational Spectroscopy
  • Specialised Techniques

Mapping and Imaging

This course focusing on the mapping and imaging capabilities within the Facility and associated data analysis techniques. As with the introductory course the importance of the practical aspects of collecting and analysing data will be a large component of the course. Completion of the introductory course Vibrational Spectroscopy: Introduction to Theoretical and Practical Aspects is a pre-requisite.

The topics which will be covered in the lectures include:

  • General Introduction to Vibrational Spectroscopy
  • Mapping and Imaging – various sampling modes and optimisation
  • Sampling Techniques
  • Cytospec – software for data analysis
  • Multivariate analysis


To register your interest please fill in the online form. This is an intensive course and the number of participants is limited to 12 to ensure that everyone has sufficient hands-on instrumentation training.

Priority will be given to those USYD participants that have a subscription.

Please contact or for details about costs or any additional queries.

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