The Use of Silver Nanoprisms in Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for Applications to Art Conservation

Hello everyone,

My name is Stephen Dinehart, and I am a junior at the College of William and Mary. I’m majoring in chemistry, and this summer I will be working on a summer research project in the chemistry department with Dr. Kristin Wustholz. The goal of my project is to determine whether silver nanoprisms are useful in surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) when applied to art conservation. SERS is a relatively new technique where metal substrates like silver nanoprisms act as an antenna to broadcast and enhance spectroscopic signals. This area of research is particularly exciting because it merges two very different academic disciplines – art and chemistry. I have the opportunity to learn about art and the pigments that were used in the past, as well as learning about analytic chemistry and cutting edge uses of SERS.

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