Blending teaching and research: Low-cost surface-enhanced Raman scattering to probe the reaction dynamics of a molecular photoswitch


Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is well suited as an example of a modern spectroscopic tool that has wide application, but commercial instruments are often cost-prohibitive for small or primarily undergraduate institutions. A low-cost SERS instrument and educational modules that can be used in undergraduate analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and molecular/optical physics courses are being developed. This surface-enhanced Raman system is also being investigated as a probe of the reaction dynamics of diarylethene photoswitches in plasmonic fields.

KS-NE Symposium on Imaging and Controlling Ultrafast Dynamics of Atoms, Molecules, and Nanostructures
Kansas State University