February, 2007 – Mesophotonics has chosen to demonstrate
the latest version of its SE1000 Raman Spectrometer at Pittcon.
Delivering the sophistication of a research-grade Raman instrument
for a fraction of the cost, the SE1000 is designed for walk-up,
simple operation, enabling new users to start gathering data within
a few minutes. When used with Mesophotonics’ unique KlariteTM
substrates, the SE1000 can also perform Surface Enhanced Raman
Spectroscopy (SERS), allowing customers to employ the same multi-purpose
platform for both bulk- and trace-level analysis of materials.
SERS is an enabling technology that increases the normally weak
Raman signals by up to a million-fold, providing a high-sensitivity
analysis technique to detect molecules even at femtogram levels.
Until now, SERS has been confined to academic laboratories owing
to the instability of the substrates at the heart of the analysis.
Klarite SERS substrates have broadened the applicability of the
technique by providing a stable, uniform sensing surface which
can be utilized in laboratory or field-based situations.
“The fact that the SE1000 can perform both routine bulk
Raman and SERS analysis is proving to be extremely beneficial to
end-users in academia and industry alike,” says Dr Philip
Hargreaves, Director of Business Development and Marketing at Mesophotonics. “Fundamental
to the early success of the platform is the versatility to perform
detection down to the sub-picogram level by combining the SE1000
platform with our unique Klarite substrates. We are finding that
this combination of enabling technology is opening up a wealth
of new application areas from Defense and Homeland Security sensing
to Biomedical Diagnostic analysis.”