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Raman Spectroscopy of Polymers

Raman Spectroscopy

  1. Rajesh P. Paradkar1,
  2. Anne Leugers1,
  3. Rajen Patel1,
  4. Xiaoyun Chen1,
  5. Greg Meyers2,
  6. Elmer Lipp2

Published Online: 15 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470027318.a9032

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

How to Cite

Paradkar, R. P., Leugers, A., Patel, R., Chen, X., Meyers, G. and Lipp, E. 2009. Raman Spectroscopy of Polymers. Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI, USA

  2. 2

    Dow Corning Corp., Midland, MI, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2009


Raman spectroscopy is a vibrational spectroscopic technique that can provide detailed information about reaction chemistry, structure, chemical composition, and morphology of the chemical species under investigation. Owing to its ease of sampling, Raman spectroscopy is particularly well suited for in situ monitoring and to study polymers and solid samples that are less amenable to other analytical techniques. Polymer powers, pellets, molded articles, fibers, and films can be probed by simply illuminating them with a laser beam and analyzing the backscattered radiation. The primary goal of this article is to provide potential Raman practitioners a high level overview of the technique and instrumentation and different types of polymer-related applications using some real-world examples. These applications will generally take advantage of the sampling ease or unique structural information available from Raman spectroscopy. It is not our intention to discuss the theory or present an exhaustive review of the existing Raman literature in any detail. Instead a comprehensive list of references is provided for readers interested in acquiring additional information on specific topics.


  • on-line Raman;
  • polyethylene;
  • polypropylene;
  • nylon;
  • poly(lactic acid);
  • crystallinity;
  • orientation;
  • polymorphism;
  • reaction monitoring;
  • Raman imaging;
  • Raman mapping;
  • emulsion polymerization;
  • hydrosilation;
  • polymer blends;
  • multilayer films