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The development of Army relevant peptide-based surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensors for biological threat detection
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Paper Abstract

The utility of peptide-based molecular sensing for the development of novel biosensors has resulted in a significant increase in their development and usage for sensing targets like chemical, biological, energetic and toxic materials. Using peptides as a molecular recognition element is particularly advantageous because there are several mature peptide synthesis protocols that already exist, peptide structures can be tailored, selected and manipulated to be highly discerning towards desired targets, peptides can be modified to be very stable in a host of environments and stable under many different conditions, and through the development of bifunctionalized peptides can be synthesized to also bind onto desired sensing platforms (various metal materials, glass, etc.). Two examples of the several Army relevant biological targets for peptide-based sensing platforms include Ricin and Abrin. Ricin and Abrin are alarming threats because both can be weaponized and there is no antidote for exposure. Combining the sensitivity of SERS with the selectivity of a bifunctional peptide allows for the emergence of dynamic hazard sensor for Army application.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2016
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 9863, Smart Biomedical and Physiological Sensor Technology XIII, 98630B (13 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2224102
Show Author Affiliations
Mikella E. Farrell, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Pietro Strobbia, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)
Deborah A. Sarkes, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Dimitra N. Stratis-Cullum, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
Brian M. Cullum, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County (United States)
Paul M. Pellegrino, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9863:
Smart Biomedical and Physiological Sensor Technology XIII
Brian M. Cullum; Douglas Kiehl; Eric S. McLamore, Editor(s)

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