Nature paper features HORIBA Scientific LabRAM Raman microscope

Professors Wang (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) and Tian (Xiamen University, China) and co-workers have recently reported a new SERS technique: shell-isolated nanoparticle-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SHINERS).  In SHINERS the Raman signal amplification is provided by gold nanoparticles with an ultrathin silica or alumina shell. A monolayer of such nanoparticles is spread as ‘smart dust’ over the surface that is to be probed.  SHINERS is an extremely elegant technique, providing strong enhancement, with a SERS active material which is suitable for use with a wide range of samples.

Raman measurements reported in the paper were acquired with a HORIBA Scientific LabRAM 300 Raman microscope, and a diverse range of materials including adsorbed hydrogen species on Pt and Si, yeast cells, and whole citrus fruits were analysed using the SHINERS technique.

Jian Feng Li, Yi Fan Huang, Yong Ding, Zhi Lin Yang, Song Bo Li, Xiao Shun Zhou, Feng Ru Fan, Wei Zhang, Zhi You Zhou, De Yin Wu, Bin Ren, Zhong Lin Wang and Zhong Qun Tian, Nature, 2010, 464, 392