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Spectroscopic Experiments: A Review of Raman Spectroscopy of Biological Systems

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Abstract

Raman spectroscopy is fast emerging as an important characterization tool for biological systems. Raman spectroscopy has proven to be a powerful and versatile characterization tool used for determining chemical composition of material systems such as nanoscale semiconductor devices or biological systems. One major advantage of Raman spectroscopy in the case of biological molecules is that water gives very weak, uncomplicated Raman signal. Biological systems are essentially wet systems; hence, Raman spectrum of a biological system can be easily obtained by filtering the water’s Raman signal. Another advantage of Raman spectroscopy in the case of biological molecules is the ability of Raman spectroscopy to analyze in vivo samples. This aspect gives this technique an edge over other methods such as infrared (IR) spectroscopy which requires elaborate signal preparation for excitation and complex instrumentation for signal processing after the excitation. This chapter focuses on presenting information on advancements made regarding the Raman spectroscopy of algae.

Keywords

Raman Biology Algae Material chemistry 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Indian Institute of Technology DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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