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Infrared and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy are important in the identification of individual hydrocarbons and have important uses in identifying certain types of hydrocarbons in mixtures. The development of these techniques and uses over the past 20 years is briefly reviewed, the important current uses for which there are not simpler competing methods emphasized, and further developments are forecast as far as possible. The related techniques of Raman spectroscopy and fluorescence are also mentioned. In the future, absorption spectroscopy will be used increasingly in integrated methods of analysis and will complement data from mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance.
absorption spectra, ultraviolet spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, chemical analysis, hydrocarbons, Raman spectra, fluorescence
LeTourneau, R. L.
Supervising research chemist, California Research Corp., Richmond, Calif.