STTR Phase I:Novel Nanostructured Substrates for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1010368
Agency Tracking Number: 1010368
Amount: $149,755.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2010
Solicitation Topic Code: MM
Solicitation Number: NSF 09-605
Small Business Information
7630 First Place, cleveland, OH, 44146
DUNS: 107857948
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hailiang Zhang
 PhD
 (440) 786-8700
 kzhang@lxdinc.com
Business Contact
 Hailiang Zhang
Title: PhD
Phone: (440) 786-8700
Email: kzhang@lxdinc.com
Research Institution
 Kent State University
 Qihuo Wei
 OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER
KENT, OH, 44242
 (330) 672-3020
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
This Small Business Technology Transfer Phase I project will develop a new type of nanostructured substrate for applications in arsenide detection using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). Arsenic is a well known toxic chemical which exists in both nature and industrial processes, and its detection and monitoring at very low concentration is highly desired. SERS, which relies on Raman signal enhancements for molecules in close contact with noble metal nanostructures, can provide essential information for detection and identification of biological and chemical materials including arsenic. However, its application has been obstructed primarily by the lack of SERS substrates that can be fabricated with high performance and in a repeatable fashion. The proposed research aims to resolve this issue by developing SERS substrates through designing, fabricating, and testing a new nanostructured noble metal substrate. The broader impact/commercial potential of this project will be high-performance and low-cost SERS substrates that can be employed for monitoring drinking water for chemical toxins such as arsenic and cyanide. Additionally, a large range of SERS-related technologies will benefit from the development of improved design and fabrication processes for plasmonic nanostructures. Success of the project will facilitate large-scale manufacturing of reliable SERS substrates for applications in defense, medical diagnostics, environment monitoring, drug development, forensics and analytical chemistry.

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