Life Science with O-PTIR – Online Workshop, 14 April 2021

Join us for a 2 hour online workshop on Wednesday 14th April 2021 at 1pm BST / 2pm CEST about life science with O-PTIR.

  • Educative conference with presentations from researchers about how they use O-PTIR.
  • Live Q&A with each speaker.
  • Overview of the principle of the technique.
  • Demonstration from the Photothermal Spectroscopy Corp lab in Santa Barbara.

Watch videos of the talks
Videos are available to watch online here…

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Life Science with O-PTIR

O-PTIR (Photothermal IR spectroscopy) is a breakthrough technique that overcomes the limitations of infrared. Unlike traditional IR, it’s suitable for liquid and solid samples, so it can be used to study living systems.

An optical beam is used to measure the sample’s photothermal response due to IR absorption. The visible optical beam can be focussed 20 times smaller than the IR beam, for significantly enhanced spatial resolution.

This opens up new possibilities for IR spectroscopy in life science, such as mapping drug distribution in pharmaceutical formulations and studying metabolic activities inside a living cell.

Find out more about O-PTIR at our 2 hour online workshop on Wednesday 14th April 2021:

  • 15 minute talks from researchers about how they use O-PTIR.
  • Opportunities to ask questions in the live chat.
  • Presentation about the principle of O-PTIR and how it works.
  • Demonstration on the mIRage IR microscope.

The aim of the event is to increase awareness of this breakthrough technique and share how it can be used in life science.

Congratulations to Oxana Klementieva on her recent professorial position at Lund University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Experimental Medical Science/Medical Microspectroscopy. We’re looking forward to hearing more about her work; Each talk will be followed by a live Q&A session, so there’ll be plenty of opportunities to ask questions during the workshop.


The online workshop will feature a programme of 15 minute talks, each followed by a live question and answer session.

Oxana Klementieva

Prof. Oxana Klementieva

  • Professor at Lund University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Experimental Medical Science/Medical Microspectroscopy
  • Assistant Director, LINXS – Lund Institute of Advanced Neutron and X-ray Science
  • Principal investigator, MultiPark: Multidisciplinary research focused on Parkinson’s disease
  • Principal investigator, NanoLund

Prof. Oxana Klementieva performs multidisciplinary research into Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Using infrared microspectroscopy, the team are developing ultra-sensitive protocols to study amyloid protein aggregation in brain tissue.

Alice Spaeda

Dr Alice Spadea

Research Associate, The University of Manchester

Analysis of Fixed and Live Single Cells Using Optical Photothermal Infrared with Concomitant Raman Spectroscopy

Dr Alice Spadea has a PhD in Pharmacy from the University of Manchester (UoM) and since 2018 is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the North West Centre for Advanced Drug Delivery, a joint venture between the Division of Pharmacy and Optometry of UoM and AstraZeneca, which focuses on research into new, advanced delivery systems. Alice has a background in the characterisation, in-vitro and in-vivo evaluation of nanoparticulate systems. Alice’s experience spans biological models including multicellular spheroids with projects focused on strategies to assess the intracellular delivery of nanoparticles, and the interaction of delivery systems and biomolecules with model cell membranes and live cells. In the last 2 years Alice has focused on the application of O-PTIR and Raman spectroscopy to the study of cells. Her work has recently been published in Analytical Chemistry.

Pascaline Bouzy

Dr Pascaline Bouzy

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Exeter

O-PTIR and Raman spectroscopy in high resolution for the elucidation of specific changes in breast microcalcifications.

Dr Pascaline Bouzy obtained a master’s degree in 2015 at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France. She has a background in biology, imaging and spectroscopy for biomedical applications, including infrared and Raman imaging of tissues. In 2016 she joined the BioSpec group at the University of Exeter to start a PhD as part of the Mid-TECH project. This involved new infrared techniques for the elucidation of specific changes in breast cancer calcifications, and also analysis of in vitro microcalcifications using infrared and Raman spectroscopy. She is currently continuing her research in the same lab as a postdoctoral researcher, using a range of imaging techniques to explore aspects of the breast pathology.

Dr Mustafa Kansiz

Dr Mustafa Kansiz

Director of Product Management for the mIRage IR Microscope, Photothermal Spectroscopy Corp

Simultaneous Sub-micron IR and Raman Microscopy/Imaging – Breaking the Limits of Traditional IR Microscopy with O-PTIR

Dr Mustafa Kansiz will present the principles of O-PTIR, together with a range of applications in life science. Dr. Kansiz has over 20 years’ experience working with FTIR microscopy and imaging, spanning routine to research applications in both industry and academia. He’s previously worked at Varian and Agilent Technologies in technical and business development roles including FTIR Microscopy & Imaging Product Manager, Product Specialist, R&D Scientist and European FTIR Sales Manager. He has a Ph.D. from Monash University on biotechnological application of FTIR spectroscopy and multivariate statistics.

O-PTIR Demonstration

O-PTIR Demonstration

Dr Mustafa Kansiz will present a demonstration of O-PTIR from Santa Barbara, California. See the mIRage IR microscope from Photothermal Spectroscopy Corp in action. There’ll be a walk-through of the analysis workflow and you’ll be able to see the results as they appear.

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The date of this event has now passed; please contact us if you’d like more information or to arrange a demonstration of the mIRage O-PTIR system.

Videos of the talks are available to watch here:

mIRage IR Microscope

mIRage IR Microscope

See a demonstration on the mIRage:

  • Sub-micron spatial resolution.
  • Overcomes the limitations of IR.
  • Non-contact technique.
  • Little or no sample preparation (measure thick samples).
  • Transmission FTIR quality spectra in reflection mode.
  • Combine with Raman spectroscopy.

More about the mIRage…

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More Information

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