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Nikalyte Ltd announces new partnership with Wasatch Photonics to advance application of SERS

February 3rd 2022

Nikalyte Ltd. and Wasatch Photonics are pleased to announce a partnership to facilitate evaluation and testing of a novel SERS substrate for trace detection of materials, with applications in narcotics, food safety, pharmaceuticals, environmental, and biological analysis.

Together, Nikalyte and Wasatch Photonics are evaluating the performance of these new SERS, Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) substrates for use in a variety of relevant applications. Wasatch Photonics is a leading manufacturer of high sensitivity, field-portable Raman spectrometers at wavelengths spanning 248-1064 nm, and as such, is well-positioned to evaluate the performance of the SERS substrates. To date, the use of 785 nm and 830 nm excitation has been assessed for trace detection of a representative drug analyte, demonstrating a 1000x increase in the limit of detection using the Nikalyte SERS substrates. The results of this study are published on the Wasatch Photonics website here. Future work will focus on improving the limit of detection further, and on studies of other analytes relevant for promising SERS applications.

Nikalyte Ltd. is a leading supplier of nanoparticle coating equipment and coating services for both academic and commercial research and development. Nikalyte’s products range from simple-to-use teaching tools to advanced research equipment and bespoke solutions. Nikalyte’s technology generates nanoparticles in vacuum, to offer ultra-pure, ligand-free nanocoating with superior control over nanoparticle properties.  Our equipment and coatings are used worldwide in a wide variety of application areas, including catalysis, electrochemistry, photonics, sensing, battery technology, and life sciences.

Nikalyte’s experienced technical team also offers advice on nanoparticle applications and UHV systems and has helped our customers to develop new nanocoating technology from proof of concept, through pilot equipment design, to scale-up for manufacture. To learn more about us, please visit www.nikalyte.com.

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