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Studies from D.P. Benedetti and Co-Researchers in the Area of Raman Spectroscopy Reported

February 11, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- Investigators discuss new findings in Raman Spectroscopy. According to news reporting originating in New York City, New York, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "We present a new method for the minimally invasive in situ identification of inks and colorants on documents and other objects on the basis of the deposition of silver colloid nanodroplets on a region of interest in the objects to be tested using inkjet technology. By adapting commercially available thermal and piezoelectric inkjet heads, volumes of silver colloid in the 60-220 picoliters range (corresponding to impact diameters in the range of 50-150 mu m) can be delivered onto substrates with great accuracy and precision."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research, "We demonstrate that the instantaneous superheating of the colloid in the thermal print head does not adversely affect the surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy efficiency of the Ag nanoparticles. Furthermore, by mounting a compact piezoelectric inkjet head within a large-stage Raman microscope, we developed an instrument where all phases of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy microanalysis are integrated, with great advantages in sample handling, spatial accuracy, and colloid delivery reproducibility. The approach can be considered functionally nondestructive as the amount of silver delivered, and the area affected are too small to be detected by visual observation, and in most conditions, even by optical microscopy."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The method was successfully applied to the analysis of textile fibers, gel pen ink writing on paper, and a Japanese woodblock print dating to the end of the 19th century."

For more information on this research see: In situ microanalysis of organic colorants by inkjet colloid deposition surface-enhanced Raman scattering. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 2014;45(1):123-127. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy can be contacted at: Wiley-Blackwell, 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ, USA. (Wiley-Blackwell - www.wiley.com/; Journal of Raman Spectroscopy - onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1097-4555)

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting D.P. Benedetti, Metropolitan Museum Art, New York, NY 10028, United States. Additional authors for this research include J. Zhang, T.J. Tague, J.R. Lombardi and M. Leona.

Keywords for this news article include: New York City, United States, Raman Spectroscopy, North and Central America

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