Th team is comprised of four individuals, each one with his unique expertise in different fields. Ranging from nano-fabrication, to surface chemistry, and up to system engineering and sensor development.
All originate at BIU`s Chemistry Department, and the Nanotechnology center (BINA)
What are the gaps nowadays?
Most of sensing substrates are "general"
Today, the vast majority of substrates for sensing, and specifically referring to Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS), are general and non-selective, used for multiple analytes.
The substrates are commonly offered by optical (giants) enterprises as complementary gear for optical instruments (Raman spectrophotometers), while also calibrated for these instruments solely. Meaning, that results and resolution of the sensing measurements - might strongly depend on the instrument/substrate bundle.
Offering specific and/or selective substrates for optical sensing is quite of a challenge due to surface chemistry which is "tricky" in many ways, and specifically when needed to be executed into "real world" applications.
However, when done right, analyte-sensor customization would be a perfect fit to address industry / academia needs, which are missing today.
Our mission to solutions
High throughput & sensitive plasmonic sensors for industry
In this project, trusted by IIA, we aim to develop SERS plasmonic sensing devices (substrates) for the wide-spread use of various industries (home-land security, food/water safety, counter-freight, etc).
The goals are to enhance their robustness, increase their shelf-life, and functionalize them with selective ligands for higher bonding efficiency - making the optical detection far more effective (signal and cost).
Eventually, the plasmonic sensing devices would bring benefit to many end-users including: research laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, optical instrumentation retailers and manufactures, etc.