The infrared analysis of many industrial samples presents a series of significant difficulties to the experimentalist. Photoacoustic (PA) infrared spectroscopy provides a means for dealing with these problems, primarily because the technique requires minimal sample preparation and is capable of the analysis of opaque materials. Five examples of the use of PA spectroscopy for the characterization of industrial materials are described, with particular emphasis on hydrocarbon production in western Canada.

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