I am in the process of research the various FTIR ATR devices on the market. While FTIR is by no means the best analytical technique out there (mass spectrometry and NMR are obviously the ideal choice, if ones budget can allow it... which mine unfortunately does not... Therefore, FTIR ATR spectroscopy is probably the only some identification and purity analysis method which might work in on our budget.
So far I have looked at Bruker, Thermo and Agilent devices, with the conclusion that Thermo systems see to be the least costly out of these manufacturers.
At the moment Thermo seems the most attractive option, but since my budget is somewhat limited, I am still hoping to find a stem that sold at price that will no blow my limited budget.Do any of you know what manufacturer sells the cheapest FTIR ATR device that is currently on the market?
Of course one option is to look into buying a second hand system, as long as it is good working order. The only potential issue here however is that I'm a bit afraid to go this route because I don't really know the state of the system until I have received it... These systems are of course considerably cheaper, but they tend to be older model, which I'm not even sure are produced anymore. Do you think that this could nevertheless be a viable option or do you think it's too risky?
Thank you in advance for any advice you may be willing to share. Thank you.