Infrared spectroscopy of microorganisms: Characterization, identification, and differentiation

E. A. Carter, C. P. Marshall, Mohamed Hosni M. Ali, R. Ganendren, T. C. Sorrell, L. Wright, Y. C. Lee, C. I. Chen, P. A. Lay

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Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy has been used extensively for characterisation, identification and differentiation of micro-organisms. The technique offers a number of advantages including: non-destructive analysis, high reproducibility, rapid sample throughput, and requires minimal sample amounts and handling. In this paper, examples are given of the application of the specific FTIR sampling techniques: attenuated total reflectance and synchrotron-radiation-based infrared microspectroscopy, to the analysis of the yeast Cryptococcus neoformans, and the acritarchs Satka favosa and Leiosphaeridia crassa.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Approaches in Biomedical Spectroscopy
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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Carter, E. A., Marshall, C. P., Hosni M. Ali, M., Ganendren, R., Sorrell, T. C., Wright, L., Lee, Y. C., Chen, C. I., & Lay, P. A. (2007). Infrared spectroscopy of microorganisms: Characterization, identification, and differentiation. In New Approaches in Biomedical Spectroscopy (pp. 64-84). (ACS Symposium Series; Vol. 963).