We have state-of-the-art Infrared and Raman micro-spectroscopic facilities to examine the chemical molecular structure of biomaterials (including polymers, ceramics, composites), biological molecules (tissue engineered and human tissues), cell-lines (cancerous) and normal cell lines, and to perform non-invasive imaging for 3D tissue constructs in vitro.
Our spectroscopic systems are capable of analysing samples non-invasively, providing biochemical information on highly localised volumes (~1μm) or as 2D or 3D spatial maps (~4μm).
The FTIR spectrometer system (capable of step-scan and running FT-Raman module/unit) comprises an FT-Raman module/unit with 1064nm laser which is compatible for solids and liquids, a combination of sampling accessories for surface analysis at macro and micro scale, depth profiling (DP) and analysis of neat samples (both synthetic and natural).
We also have two dispersive Raman micro-spectroscopic (conventional and imagining) systems equipped with 455nm or 488nm, 532nm green laser, 633nm red laser and 780 or 785 or 788nm, which allow us to study a wide range of materials spanning ceramics, polymers, glasses, composites, and natural biological tissues.
In addition, we employ Raman with confocal analysis and imaging to analyse surfaces and, for example clinical samples, such as cancer tissues, bones and dental tissues.