Fiber Product Analysis using ATR PRO 4X VIEW

February 21, 2023


The analysis of the molecular structure of fiber materials is useful in the evaluation of new materials, quality control, forensics and in criminal investigation. Fibers are made by mixing different materials and dye compounds to meet the requirements for color and texture. Infrared spectroscopy (as required by JIS L 1030) is widely used in the molecular structure analysis of fiber materials; ATR is an excellent technique because it requires only minimal sample preparation, is non-destructive and easy to use. JASCO’s FTIR accessory, the ATR PRO 4X VIEW allows the user to perform measurements whilst observing the sample contact with the prism, and provides a clear full color image.


The spectrum and image are saved together in Spectra Manager™ for a comprehensive record of the analysis. In this application note, the measurement of several fiber products are demonstrated using an ATR PRO 4X VIEW.

Instruments FT/IR-4X
Resolution 4 cm-1
Method ATR
Detector DLATGS
Accumulation 50 times
Accessory ATR PRO 4X VIEW
Prism PKS-D1V
Specification of ATR PRO 4X VIEW
Prism Observation Diamond
Non-Observation ZnSe, Ge (Option)
Sample Contact Area f1.8 mm (Diamond)
Reflectance One
Incident Angle 45°
Pressure Resistance 700 kg/cm2 (Diamond)
Measurement Wavenumber Range 10000-300 cm–1* 10000-30 cm–1* (Option)
Observation (USB Camera) View: 1.1 x 0.8 mm, LCD: 5 inch VGA
Software SP data format with image, wavelength tool, image processing function
Size, Weight 182(W) x 166(D) x 205(H) mm 2.0 kg
Accessory Pressure tip (2 type)
* High performance diamond prism kit (PKS-D1V): 10000-300cm–1
* Wide range diamond prism kit (PKS-D1VF): 10000-30cm–1


260-AT-0243, fiber, sample image, material analysis, ATR


2.1 Fiber Image
Figure 2 is a digital image of a fiber captured using the ATR PRO 4X VIEW. A micro sample was set at the center of the prism and can be clearly observed in the 1.1 x 0.8 mm field.

The Spectrum Measurement software allows the measurement of sample dimensions and to save the IR spectrum with a captured image. This additional information is useful when collating data, including the sample image, and provides valuable information for a complete record and comprehensive reporting.

Figure 2. Fiber image captured by ATR PRO ONE VIEW

2.2 Blended Fiber Analysis
Figure 3 Images and IR spectra of a neutral colored cloth and a beige/green cloth. The peaks around 1640, 1550 cm–1 assigned as amide I, II are observed in spectrum (A). Peaks assigned as nitrile (2300 cm–1) and carbonyl (1720 cm–1) are observed in addition to the amide I, II peaks. These results indicate that (A) is pure wool and (B) is a mixture of acrylic and wool.

Figure 3. IR spectra and images of beige cloth (top) and red cloth (bottom)


As mentioned, using the ATR PRO 4X VIEW allows the sample position, chemistry, shape and color to be recorded in a single comprehensive data set. The ATR PRO 4X VIEW can be used in various fields including quality control and criminal investigation.


About the Author

Dr. Carlos Morillo received his Post Doc at Advanced Industrial Science & Technology in Fukuoka and was a Research Scientist at Kyushu University in Japan where he lived for several years. Carlos received his Doctor of Engineering from Kyushu University and his Masters and BS from Simon Bolivar University in Caracas Venezuela. He is an Applications Scientist at JASCO.

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