Minnesota Chapter of ASM International

"Chemical Analysis of Materials Using Confocal Raman Microscopy and Microspectroscopy"

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Dr. Eric Smolensky, Ebatco


With the advent of improvements to computer processing power and laser optics, it is difficult to find a scientific field today that has not benefited from Raman microscopy and microspectroscopy. By virtue of its confocal design, the technique has found particular niches in the characterization of surfaces, polymers, and transparent materials for zero to three-dimensional analysis. As an example, this presentation will center on how Raman microscopy is used specifically for surface characterization.

The discussion will begin with the foundational concepts and basics of Raman spectroscopy and how they impact imaging methods and capabilities. By illustrating the advantages and disadvantages of the technique through multiple case studies over a variety of fields, attendees will gain an appreciation for how confocal Raman microscopy and microspectroscopy can be used to improve and assist their research projects, product designs, and manufacturing workflows.


Dr. Eric Smolensky is a Senior Analytical Chemist at Ebatco. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2012. His graduate research focused on MRI contrast agent design and synthesis with strong emphases on nanoparticle surface chemistry and stabilization. His research work has resulted in 8 peer reviewed publications on scientific journals like Journal of the American Chemical Society and a dozen presentations. As a post-doctoral researcher, he conducted more MRI-based research at the University of Texas – Southwestern. He was a Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at a private tutoring company before joining Ebatco in 2017. He is now in charge of Ebatco’s chemical analysis program with focuses on unknown material identification and failure analysis using vibrational spectroscopy (FTIR and Raman), atomic force microscopy (AFM), thermal analysis (DMA, TMA, and DSC/TGA), and particle analysis.


Location Green Mill Plymouth
2705 Annapolis Lane
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