Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for Bio/Chemical Sensing

Jun Lu
University of Ottawa Heart Institute and World Heart Corp.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004
11:30 AM @ Stirling 412C


A Raman spectrum contains an "optical fingerprint" of a molecule. The molecular information provided by Raman spectra can allow unequivocal identification of chemicals or biological substances. The traditional Raman spectroscopy technique is disadvantaged by the weakness of the Raman signals. Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) technology combines laser Raman spectroscopy with optical properties of excited metallic nanostructures that can significantly increase the Raman signals by several order of magnitude. As an emerging detection technology capable of ultra high sensitivity, SERS has opened up many exciting opportunities in bio/chemical sensing. Recent applications of Raman spectroscopy and SERS include trace chemical and toxin detection, identification of microorganisms, immunoassays, DNA/gene analysis, and non-invasive medical diagnostic tools.

I will provide an overview of Raman spectroscopy and SERS, as well as its recent developments in the field of bio/chemical sensing. I will also discuss my current research activities in developing an effective and low cost SERS-based bio/chemical sensor for real time in-situ applications. With the increasing concerns over public health, food and water safety, and more recently, biological/chemical terrorism, there are urgent demands for fast and effective bio/chemical sensors.

Jun Lu is an applicant for the Engineering Physics Assistant Professorship in the Department.

Refreshments will be available after the talk.