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Surface-enhanced Raman for monitoring toxins in water
Author(s): Kevin M Spencer; James M. Sylvia; Susan L. Clauson; Jane F. Bertone; Steven D. Christesen
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Paper Abstract

Protection of the drinking water supply from a terrorist attack is of critical importance. Since the water supply is vast, contamination prevention is difficult. Therefore, rapid detection of contaminants, whether a military chemical/biological threat, a hazardous chemical spill, naturally occurring toxins, or bacterial build-up is a priority. The development of rapid environmentally portable and stable monitors that allow continuous monitoring of the water supply is ideal. EIC Laboratories has been developing Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) to detect chemical agents, toxic industrial chemicals (TICs), viruses, cyanotoxins and bacterial agents. SERS is an ideal technique for the Joint Service Agent Water Monitor (JSAWM). SERS uses the enhanced Raman signals observed when an analyte adsorbs to a roughened metal substrate to enable trace detection. Proper development of the metal substrate will optimize the sensitivity and selectivity towards the analytes of interest.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5268, Chemical and Biological Standoff Detection, (27 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.514844
Show Author Affiliations
Kevin M Spencer, EIC Labs., Inc. (United States)
James M. Sylvia, EIC Labs., Inc. (United States)
Susan L. Clauson, EIC Labs., Inc. (United States)
Jane F. Bertone, EIC Labs., Inc. (United States)
Steven D. Christesen, U.S. Army Soldier Biological and Chemical Command (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5268:
Chemical and Biological Standoff Detection
James O. Jensen; Jean-Marc Theriault, Editor(s)

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