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Science Lab Spectroscopy Hardware and Instructional Materials

Your Kids deserve state-of-the-art equipment! Red Tide Spectroscopy systems are based on the same technology being used in NASA missions to Mars and the Moon. Our CCD array based spectrometers capture whole spectra in milliseconds, they couple to cuvette based systems for chemistry, fiber optic sensors for physics and biology and they work with Linux, MacIntosh or Windows operating systems.

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Spectroscopy101 Red Tide Spectrometers  -- A Guide to Spectroscopy

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Spectroscopy101 Red Tide Spectrometers  -- A Guide to Spectroscopic Studies in Biology & Life Sciences

Innovations in Educational Spectroscopy


Advances in electro-optics continue to transform the way we sense our world. High-speed array detectors, inexpensive optical fibers and powerful computers have made optical spectroscopy the sensing technique of choice for many real-world applications. 

The development and marketing of scientific instruments and methods have changed in an equally dramatic way. In the past, cutting-edge instrumentation started with expensive research devices that were accessible only to well-funded research and development enterprises. Gradually, the technologies filtered into general laboratory use, application-specific instruments and, eventually, into educational settings. In contrast, recent breakthroughs in optical sensing have resulted from efforts to develop low-cost devices for mass markets for imaging equipment, telecommunications and computers. 

A spin-off benefit from these mass-market technologies is the development of cutting-edge, low-cost, powerful analytical equipment, such as our CHEM4000-series Spectrophotometers. A single CHEM400 Spectrophotometer operating for 26 days will acquire as much data as all the Spectronic 20s and other single-wavelength spectrophotometers have acquired in the last 30 years! What's more, the new generation of electro-optic instruments is computer-based, easily networked and transparently integrated with scientific and business-oriented software products.

In many ways, advances in sensing technology hardware have quickly surpassed our capacity for adapting and applying these new tools. New technologies deliver high performance and great power, but also require substantially better-educated users. Why? The new technologies are modular, flexible and highly integrated. We (the equipment manufacturers) supply the engineering, while you (the user) supply the science. 

It is important that today's science and engineering students appreciate the capabilities of optical sensing, the fundamental physics of the measurement process, the design trade-offs inherent in selecting and integrating components, and the discipline required to produce quality results.

About the Program

The Innovations in Educational Spectroscopy Grant Program from Spectrecology provides resources to public and private teaching institutions. The program strives to promote the use of spectroscopy as a general-purpose, broad-based measurement tool, and to enable the use of state-of-the-art instrumentation and technology in science and engineering curricula.

Spectrecology works with Ocean Optics to provide low cost educational tools and cost sharing for high tech apparatus. In the program's history, more than $1.5 million has been awarded to high schools and universities for funding such spectroscopic applications as:

  • Measuring the photoluminescence of polymers

  • Detecting emission lines for various gas discharge tubes

  • Recording absorption lines from bright nebulae

  • Studying plant physiology

Spectrecology offers several options:

Cost sharing on proposals for extramural funds for purchasing science equipment

Spectrecology offers cost-sharing support for proposals to federal, state or private institutions for the express purpose of purchasing Ocean Optics brand products to be used in science or engineering teaching. Cost sharing will vary according to the product. There is no limit to the total cost-sharing amount.

Cost sharing for purchasing science equipment to develop science and engineering curricula

Spectrecology offers cost sharing to purchase Ocean Optics brand products to be used expressly for developing new science and engineering curricula. Cost sharing will vary according to the product. Funding may come from any source, including an organization's internal funds; however, awards will be granted based on the strength of the applicant's technical proposal and the uniqueness of the proposed curricula. The developed materials must be made available for publication at and, so that other educators may have free and unrestricted access to the information.

Grant Application Guidelines

All grant applicants must complete an Educational Grant Application.

Submit completed applications to:

551 Baywood Drive S
Dunedin, FL 34698

or by Fax: 727.230.6845


Grants are available to any non-profit educational institution located in the United States. Foreign institutions may be considered but should contact Spectrecology before submitting an application. Grant applications must be signed by the submitting instructor (or principal investigator) and an authorized official of the institution. The submitting instructor should be a full-time (>50%) employee of the institution. 

Awardees of Ocean Optics Grants are required to maintain a Total Technical Services contract on the equipment obtained through the grant program. This ensures that the equipment made available is fully supported by Ocean Optics’ technical team, kept in top working condition and are continually used in the learning environment without interruption.


Applicants are encouraged to contact Spectrecology regarding any aspect of the grant program. For questions regarding eligibility, cost-sharing amounts, procedures and administrative details, please contact:

Mike Morris
551 Baywood Drive S
Dunedin, FL 34698
Fax 727.733.3962