Please recommend an introductory NIR book

BillH's picture

Hello NIR folks,
I'm strting a new project using some NIR spectrometers. I have a lot of experience with mid-IR spectroscopy, but this is my first forray to the near. Is there a standard, good book I could start with that is to NIR what Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry by Griffiths and de Haseth is to MIR.

djdahm's picture

Hi, Bill:
I’m afraid I can’t recommend a book exactly like you are looking for.  Ian Michael tells me that people frequently ask him about such a book.  Perhaps it will be written soon.
One of the problems is that the discipline that we call NIR Spectroscopy is really an intersection of three disciplines (Vibrational Spectroscopy, Light Scattering, and Chemometrics).  Then there is the problem that the little bit of NIR in standard textbooks is not exactly correct, as we see it.
I tried to produce what you are looking for in the part of the field that I know a little about in Chapters A-D of out book “Interpreting Diffuse Reflectance and Transmittance”.  Some folks have told me they found the Phil Williams and Karl Norris’s (2nd Edition) handbook “Near-Infrared Technology in the Agricultural and Food Industry” a good place to start.  Myself, I started (in 1992) with Don Burns and Emil Ciurczak’s “Handbook of Near-Infrared Analysis”.  I think the 3rd Edition is pretty good, but perhaps not as readable as a starting point as you were hoping for.
Maybe a few other folks would be willing to say where they started.  It wouldn’t surprise me if there is a pretty good starting point in some of the stuff the instrument companies have published.
Don Dahm

td's picture

Hello Bill,
Welcome to NIR and this forum!
In spite of what my friend Don said; the book you need is:
and you can buy it from the NIR Publications book shop!
This is NOT a new book but it is definately the best introductory book so far. There is a chemometrics book also available from NIRP which many people like "A User-friendly introduction to mulivariable calibration and classification" (But I couldn't possibly recommend it!)
and if you want to attempt to understand light scattering then you need Don's book:
Many IR experts do find it quite difficult to get on with NIR. I think this is because they expect everything to be similar to IR. It is NOT like that, EVERYTHING is different! (but even Peter Griffiths has learned to like it!).
Good Luck and do come back to us when you have questions. We love having arguments about the answers!
Best wishes,

djdahm's picture

Hey, Tony:  Thanks for setting me straight.  However, I would enjoy being refered to as your "young frined".   Don