1996 Phase 2
New Material for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
Advanced Fuel Research,
East Hartford, CT
The firm has developed
a new product that consists of silver nanoparticles embedded in a porous
sol-gel glass, which increases Raman scattering by 1 million times or
Industrial Raman Analyzer
- There is virtually no sample preparation
required (samples do not have to be pre-mixed, dried or dissolved
in specific solvents or reagents). All common solvents can be used,
including water from pH 1 to 10, signals appear in less than 1 second,
the sol-gels are active for 1 year or more, the vials can be used
with any commercial Raman Spectrometer and, most importantly, the
SERS activity can be duplicated from vial-to-vial allowing reproducible
and quantitative measurements.
- SERS vials have been
sold to R&D laboratories worldwide, first by Advanced Fuel Research,
Inc. (AFR) and now by Real-Time Analyzers, Inc. (RTA), a spin-off
company from AFR.
- For additional information,
visit Real-Time Analyzers, Inc.
or contact Advanced Fuel
Research. In August of 2001, AFR won its fourth R&D 100 Award, for
Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy. The vials were also patented
(US No. 6,623,977).
- The SER active sol-gels were
developed for NASA to provide trace chemical analysis with potential applications
for life support systems through continuous water quality monitoring and for
astronaut health assessment through urine and blood analysis.
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