Analyzing how the surface of a material will behave is very important as surfaces of various materials are totally interwoven into many aspects of our daily lives. Based on the behavior of the surface, different materials can be used for different applications and products. So it is important to have detailed information about material surfaces. This information can be gathered using the technique of surface analysis.
Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy makes use of the infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum. This spectroscopic technique is mainly used to determine with accuracy the composition of materials (bulk and surface analysis). Certain configurations of new FTIR systems (like FTIR microscopy and grazing-angle FTIR spectroscopy) are especially suitable for the analysis of materials surfaces and chemical mapping/imaging. FTIR is very useful for the analysis of many types of materials (organic compounds, polymers, etc) because this instrument gives molecular information on the compound.