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EU project delivers new possibilities for SERS sensors

Glasgow, Scotland, March 2014

Dr David Eustace, Renishaw Diagnostics Ltd

Renishaw Diagnostics Limited (RDL) has played a key role in an EU project team that recently announced the successful development of a new technology which could have significant implications for the future of photonic sensor applications. A nine member consortium, led by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the PHOTOSENS project has successfully developed mass-producible, polymer-based nanophotonic sensors that could be used in applications ranging from air contaminant identification, to the detection of melamine in milk products.

Dr David Eustace, Commercial Business Manager at RDL, said “The PHOTOSENS project has developed a novel and highly cost effective manufacturing method for periodic nanostructures, which form the basis of most SERS substrates. We look forward to further developments in this field to open up a new range of applications for this highly sensitive and selective analytical technique”.

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The PHOTOSENS project aims to deliver a low cost, mass-manufacturable, nano-structured, large-area multi parameter sensor array using Photonic Crystal (PC) and improved surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) methodologies for environmental and pharmaceutical applications. Integrating the PC and SERS based sensors with integrated optics coupling structures within a single sensor platform allows the implementation of a high-performance multi-parameter sensor. Currently, utilization of multi-parameter sensing is hindered by the lack of low-cost and highly reproducible fabrication methods for nano-structured surfaces. Further information can be found at