Light Scattering: Nanoparticle Analysis and Raman Spectroscopy
Duration 1 day
Training Units 1.0
Team Researcher Academy

This course is delivered by the NMRC in conjunction with the Researcher Academy

Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February.

Target Audience:
Postgraduate research students and early career researchers in the faculties of Science, Engineering and Medicine & Health Sciences.



Course Description

This lecture is designed for novice users of the particle sizing and micro Raman spectroscopy facilities at the nmRC or those wanting refresher training. The lecture will cover:

  • Introduction to the light scattering techniques used for materials characterisation
  • Introduction to elastic light scattering, including applications in dynamic and electrophoretic light scattering (DLS and ELS, respectively) and nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA)
  • Introduction to inelastic light scattering, including applications in micro Raman spectroscopy (µRS)

Learning outcomes

  • Familiarisation with light scattering facilities available at the nmRC
  • Theoretical basis for techniques based on light scattering
  • Functionality of specific instrumentation
  • Practical applications of light scattering techniques

*Please note the course will take place in two sessions, 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. It is expected that you will attend both sessions

Booking Conditions

Latecomer policy

Researchers should plan to arrive prior to the advertised course start time. Except for exceptional reasons, there will be no admittance to a Researcher Academy or Faculty Training Programme (FTP) course 15 minutes after the advertised course start time.

Importance of booking commitment

When booking on to a Researcher Academy short course you are entering into a commitment to attend. If you find that you are no longer available to attend you MUST cancel your place (on the system if more than three days before the course) or if at short notice by emailing This will ensure that your place can be offered to another researcher on the waiting list. Failure to cancel a place results in other researchers missing out on places through the waiting list process.

It is unacceptable for researchers to just not attend when booked onto a course. Researcher Academy maintains records of those who repeatedly do not attend courses they have booked. This may affect future eligibility to book onto further Researcher Academy courses and will affect considerations for Researcher Academy funded opportunities.


Pre-Requisites Pre-requisites: A background in Engineering, Physical or Life Sciences
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