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Issue Date: 25 April 2020  
  Mesophotonics develops first all-in-one SERS toolkit for trace level molecular analysis  
  Mesophotonics Ltd has developed the first surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) toolkit for measurement of materials at sub-picogram levels. Comprising a compact, laser-safe Raman spectrometer, a complete data handling software package and the company's unique Klarite substrates, the toolkit will provide analytical chemists with an affordable, all-in-one solution for the development of trace level analysis applications.

The last two years has seen a significant increase in the number of laboratories using SERS. Fabricated using well established semiconductor techniques, Klarite's unique structure allow dramatic enhancements in sensitivity and repeatability, enabling SERS to move out of research into a routine analytical technique. Applications include medical diagnostics, drug discovery, forensic analysis and homeland security, and initial results from high profile projects in the US and Europe is extremely positive. One example is the use of SERS to identify biomarkers for early diagnosis of osteoarthritis, a project being led by the University of Michigan for the US National Department of Health.

Klarite substrates enhance Raman signals by several orders of magnitude and enable faster, higher accuracy detection at lower detection limits. And Mesophotonics' new spectrometer SE1000, unveiled for the first time in Europe at ANALYTICA 2006, includes built-in video imaging and automated XYZ sample stage for rapid sampling and data collection. Integration of industry-standard ACDLabs' SpecManager software ensures easy-to-use comprehensive data handling, including molecular structure interpretation, identification and quantification.

"This is the first time anyone has successfully integrated the three key elements for affordable adoption of SERS," explains Steve Allen, Head of Mesophotonics' Analytical Business, "Now, spectrometer, substrate and a complete spectroscopic data handling software are all available in one toolkit, providing a complete solution from sample-to-answer."

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