Your Instructor: Dr. Brian C. Smith

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Dr. Brian C. Smith is Founder, CEO, and Chief Technical Officer of Big Sur Scientific. Over the last 30 years Dr. Smith has taught thousands of scientists from around the world how to improve their infrared chemical analyses in his acclaimed series of training courses. He has written three books on infrared spectroscopy, Fundamentals of Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, Infrared Spectral Interpretation: A Systematic Approach, and Quantitative Spectroscopy: Theory and Practice. Dr. Smith has decades of experience as an industrial analytical chemist, and has worked for companies such as PerkinElmer, Princeton Instruments, IBM, and Bell Labs. He earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Dartmouth College.

In recent years Dr. Smith has performed pioneering research in the application of infrared spectroscopy to cannabis, which has resulted in a number of peer reviewed papers. He sits on the editorial board of Cannabis Science and Technology (Cannabis Science and Technology ( and writes a regular column for them called Cannabis Analysis Cannabis Analysis | Cannabis Science and Technology ( where he passionately advocates for more and better cannabis testing. For more info on this work check out the main Big Sur Scientific webpage here: .