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26 November 2013

Knowledge Exchange & Discussion Workshop

Venue: Linklater Rooms, King’s College, University of Aberdeen
Took place on: 5 December 2013

Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) is a robust optical method that can detect very low concentrations of molecular species. Recent advances in SERS means that right now, new types of instrumentation are being designed including integration of SERS into fibre optic sensor assemblies. There is a huge range of unexplored new opportunities for SERS.

Can SERS be applied to your research area or industry operations?

Recent applications include monitoring of chemical reactions, detection of chemical war agents, in vitro and in vivo glucose sensing, explosive-agent detection and environmental monitoring.

Potential new areas could include food and materials authentication, fatty acid profiling, water analysis, materials quality, deterioration products and more…

This workshop was of interest to:

  • Process and environmental engineers seeking new means of sensitive process and environmental monitoring technology and also:
  • Biomedical scientists seeking new methods for cell characterisation and speciation of biochemicals
  • Geologists seeking new methods for geochemical and geomicrobiological sensing
  • Food and materials scientists seeking better characterisation methods

This workshop brought together SERS/spectroscopy experts and potential academic and industrial end-users to learn about SERS, exchange ideas and discuss feasibilities. The features of SERS were introduced in short presentations given by Scottish and international experts.

The day also included information about funding opportunities for industry/university collaboration project.