Diagnostic anSERS’ unique approach to SERS substrates enables the use of SERS without the format and use limitations typical of traditional SERS substrates. For more information, please refer to our P-SERS™ 2.0 product sheet and our technical white paper. This white paper aims to present some of the most compelling benefits of the P-SERS platform, with accompanying application examples in:

  • Agriculture
    • Pesticide detection
    • Food contamination testing
  • Law enforcement and homeland security
    • Trace detection of narcotics such as cocaine and heroin
    • Trace explosives detection
  • Anti-counterfeiting
    • Detection of weakened/inactive counterfeit drugs
    • Counterfeit perfumes and liquors
    • Detection of taggants at parts per billion levels

These examples are only a small sampling of the potential uses of surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy: SERS has the potential to solve a vast array of problems requiring trace detection.



Additionally, the P-SERS technology has been featured in an array of prestigious scientific journals.


Inkjet-printed paper-based SERS dipsticks and swabs for trace chemical detection

Wei W. Yu and Ian M. White. Analyst, 138, 1020-1025, 2013. DOI: 10.1039/C2AN36116G


Detection of Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Targets Using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and Paper Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) Chromatography
Eric P. Hoppmann, Wei W. Yu and Ian M. White. Applied Spectroscopy, 68(8), 2014.
DOI: 10.1366/14-07451

Highly sensitive and flexible inkjet printed SERS sensors on paper
Eric P. Hoppmann, Wei W. Yu and Ian M. White. Methods, 63, 219-224, 2013.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ymeth.2013.07.010 
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Chromatographic separation and detection of target analytes from complex samples using inkjet printed SERS substrates
Wei W. Yu and Ian M. White. Analyst, 138, 3679-3686, 2013.
DOI: 10.1039/C3AN00673E

Inkjet-printed fluidic paper devices for chemical and biological analytics using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy
Eric P Hoppmann, Wei W. Yu and Ian M. White.  Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 20, 2013.
DOI: 10.1109/JSTQE.2013.2286076

A simple filter-based approach to surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy for trace chemical detection
Wei W. Yu and Ian M. White. Analyst, 137, 168-173, 2012.
DOI: 10.1039/C2AN15947C

Inkjet Printed Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Array on Cellulose Paper
Wei W. Yu and Ian M. White. Analytical Chemistry, 82, 9626-9630, 2010.
DOI: 10.1021/ac102475k