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Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc. 2009 Aug 15;73(4):764-71. doi: 10.1016/j.saa.2009.03.027. Epub 2009 Apr 8.

ATR-FT-IR spectroscopy in the region of 500-230 cm(-1) for identification of inorganic red pigments.

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  • 1Institute of Chemistry, University of Tartu, Jakobi 2, 51014 Tartu, Estonia.


It is demonstrated that micro-ATR-FT-IR in the low wave number range (500-230 cm(-1)) can be well used for identification of pigments in paint samples thereby markedly extending the possibilities of pigment identification by ATR-IR spectroscopy into the realm of pigments having no absorptions in the mid-IR region. Reference spectra of pigments can be conveniently obtained by mixing them with linseed oil in approximately 1:1 mass ratio. Vermilion (or cinnabar), read lead, different red iron oxide pigments and cadmium red can be identified. In some cases the method can be used alone for pigment identification and in many cases it provides useful additional evidence for pigment identification using other instrumental techniques (electron microprobe analysis, XRF, optical microscopy).

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