The AIM-9000 is more than just an infrared microscope; it is an Automatic Failure Analysis System with a unique concept allowing complete automation of all necessary steps involved in Failure Analysis and micro sample evaluation; observation, definition of measurement spots, measurement and identification.

The AIM-9000 is compatible with both Shimadzu's IRAffinity-1S and IRTracer-100 FTIR Spectrophotometers. Certainly in combination with the IRTRacer-100, the AIM-9000 is an extremely powerful platform offering the highest specifications in the market. 

SHIMADZU aims to provide an analysis systems for all users so micro analysis can be per formed quickly and easily. All our accumulated know-how in micro analysis is concentrated in the AIM-9000 to strongly support analysts.

Key Features/Benefits

Fast, Easy Positioning

With a 330X digital zoom “view to scan” feature, the AIM-9000 infrared microscope provides analysts with an easier and more efficient sample positioning tool for accurate analysis. In addition to observing large areas up to 10x13 mm, analysts can use the wide field camera (optional) and microscope camera together to zoom and position areas as small as 30x40 μm without loss or repositioning of the sample.


Automatic Contaminant Recognition

Software for the AIM-9000 FTIR microscope includes a function that automatically recognizes contaminants. Analysts simply click one button and the software automatically selects potential areas for analysis and suggests optimal aperture sizes and angles, all in only one second.

Two modes are available: the standard mode and one optimized for extremely small areas.

Standard Function


Micro Function



Automatic Identification of Contaminants

A proprietary contaminant analysis program for this infrared microscope analyzes contaminants using both library scans and key spectral features to rapidly match spectra and provide identification with reporting for accurate search results.

Program features:

  • Spectra for more than 550 inorganic substances, organic substances, and polymers commonly detected in contaminant analysis.
  • Automated searching for spectra, determination of matches, and preparation of reports.
  • Even for contaminants that are mixtures, it searches for primary and secondary components and displays the probability of candidate substances.

A unique library for analyzing contaminants in tap water and food products as well as a thermal-damaged plastics library are also available as options for this FTIR microscope.


Ultra Micro Analysis

With a 30,000:1 signal-to-noise ratio, the AIM-9000 FTIR microscope yields low noise spectra from even extremely small contaminants for better library matching results.

Shown here is a transmission measurement of polystyrene beads. Low noise and a high-quality spectrum of a very small sample were obtained with only a small number of scans.

Transmission measurement of polystyrene beads


Visible/Infrared Dual View System

Allows measuring infrared spectra while checking a visible image of the sample. When used in combination with the tiling function, the AIM-9000 FTIR microscope can perform visible observations and infrared measurements anywhere within the stage operating range, eliminating the need to reposition the sample.


Chemical Imaging

The invisible distribution of chemicals can be visualized based on peak height or area, multivariate analysis (PCR/MCR), or spectral similarity to target spectra when using the AIM-9000 FTIR microscope with an optional mapping program.

The following shows the chemical image of pharmaceutical powder.

Chemical image of pharmaceutical powder


High-Sensitivity ATR Measurement

A steep incident angle for the infrared light allows the AIM-9000 infrared microscope to acquire excellent distortion-free ATR spectra even when measuring samples with a high refractive index.


12,000 Spectra Library

An FTIR library containing 12,000 spectra of common polymers, chemical compounds and contaminants is included. Additional libraries are available.



The AIM-9000 microscope system is supported by a large array of accessories. These include:



Included LabSolutions IR software and AIMSolution software offer advanced features such as film thickness measurement, validation functions, Kramers–Kronig transformation, mapping, spectral search, peak pick, advanced PLS analysis and more.

Advanced Regulatory Compliance is available with the appropriate software package.

  • Compliance with GLP/GMP, FDA 21 CFR Part 11 and other regulations
  • Full support for Pharmacopeia (JP, USP and EP). Validation programs are included for users to periodically measure and record the integrity of measurements
  • Enhanced security functions to provide audit trails and various user authority levels (“Administrator”, “Developer” and “Operator”)

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Relevant Application Notes

Relevant Literature Citations

Renner, G., Sauerbier, P., Schmidt, T. C., & Schram, J. (2019). Robust Automatic Identification of Microplastics in Environmental Samples Using FTIR Microscopy. Analytical Chemistry, 9656-9664.


Quayson, E., Amoah, J., Hama, S., Yoshida, A., Morita, K., & Ogino, C. (2019). Valorization of Activated Carbon as a Reusable Matrix for the Immobilization of Aspergillus oryzae Whole-Cells Expressing Fusarium heterosporum Lipase toward Biodiesel Synthesis. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 5010-5017.


Beltran, V., Salvado, N., Buti, S., Cinque, G., & Pradell, T. (2017). Markers, Reactions and Interactions during the Aging of Pinus Resin Assessed by Raman Spectroscopy. Journal of Natural Products, 854-863.


Tan, C., Zhang, Z., & He, L. (2017). Ag2O/TiO2 Nanocomposite Heterostructure as a Dual Functional Semiconducting Substrate for SERS/SEIRAS Application. Langmuir, 5345-5352.


Kasperiski, F. M., Lima, E. C., Umpierres, C. S., dos Reis, G. S., Thue, P. S., Lima, D. R., da Costa, J. B. (2018). Production of porous activated carbons from Caesalpinia ferrea seed pod wastes: Highly efficient removal of captopril from aqueous solutions. Journal of Cleaner Production, 919-929.

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