Minner Consulting and Spectroscopy

Identifying the unknown and verifying the known


Minner Consulting & Spectroscopy is a recognized leader in the identification of unknowns and material characterization by the use of Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR).

Infrared spectroscopy is a very powerful tool in the identification of unknown and problematic samples. By measuring which frequencies are absorbed by a sample in the infrared, we are able to obtain a molecular "fingerprint" which can then be used to search large databases in order to identify unknown samples.

MC&S provides solutions to the difficult challenge of identifying unknown compounds and verifying known samples in a wide range of applications including:

Unknown Identification
If you have an unknown organic or inorganic substance that needs to be identified, MC&S can usually give you a definite match or at least a type of material identification.
Identify Product Contamination
During a manufacturing process contaminates can occasionally be introduced by various sources. Infrared analysis can usually identify the contaminate and help pinpoint the source. Some common applications include:

  • Consumer products
  • Resins and composite materials
  • Oils
  • Polymers
  • Food & beverages
Product Failure
Product failure can occur when raw materials are combined at improper ratios or are contaminated upon receipt. We can help identify these problems before they become catastrophic events. Common applications include:

  • Coatings
  • Ridged foam failures
  • Medical plastic
  • Composite materials – uncured, unmixed resins
Insurance Claims
We can identify contamination in vehicle fluids including suspected sabotage and improper servicing. Personal Injury cases often involve paint comparisons, and other products or substances that can be identified using infrared spectroscopy.
Environmental Screening
Unidentified Materials destined for disposal may often be identified and categorized in a more cost-effective way.
Quality Control
Verify the consistency of raw and/or finished materials to meet regulatory agency requirements and also to prevent manufacturing inconsistencies.

At MC&S we provide state-of-the-art FTIR and related analysis in solving the challenging question of "what is it?"

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss how we can help you with your samples, please contact us.