Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP160103332 [ 2016 - 2020 ]

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Researchers A/Prof Gabriel Molina Terriza; A/Prof Fabio Sciarrino; Prof Javier Aizpurua; Prof Lorenzo Marrucci; Prof Dr Juan Saenz; Dr Nicolas Bonod

Brief description This project aims to enhance the sensitivity of optical activity to ultralow molecular concentration samples. Optical activity is a commercially available technique used to distinguish chemically identical and morphologically different biomolecules (enantiomers). Unlike other scattering techniques, near-field enhancing of optical activity has not been achieved, thus limiting these measurements to high molecular concentrations. There is evidence indicating that optical activity can be enhanced using dual nanoparticles (ie small particles with the same response to electric and magnetic fields). This project aims to advance our understanding of these dual nanoparticles and experimentally implement their use to enhance optical activity.

Funding Amount $370,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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