Photonics Spectra Spectroscopy Conference to showcase advances in biomedicine | Features | March/April 2022

Laura Fabris, from Rutgers University, will speak on the use of surface-enhanced Raman scattering to understand drug delivery and traits associated with specific diseases.

Join Photonics Media online April 12-13 for the Photon spectra Spectroscopy (PSS) Conference, a virtual event exploring new and evolving trends in spectroscopy. Biospectroscopy is one of the four tracks of the program, which was organized in collaboration with the Coblentz Society and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. Sessions will explore technologies ranging from Raman and NIR spectroscopy to laser sources for spectroscopic applications and vaccine manufacturing.

The other three tracks are Emerging Technologies, Data Analytics and Embedded Spectroscopy. The full program and registration details are available at

“In the four distinct tracks that make up our program, we aim to introduce techniques and applications and provide guided roadmaps to members of a wide audience on how they might integrate spectroscopic methods into facets of their R&D, data science and commercial activities,” said Richard Crocombe, director of Crocombe Spectroscopy Consulting and past president of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

“While many sessions, particularly in the area of ​​emerging technologies, focus on what we consider to be ‘hot topics’ – such as fiber optics and new laser spectroscopy – we have prioritized widespread applicability throughout the program,” Crocombe said. “How do users transform data into useful and actionable information to generate results? How to follow progress in spectroscopic imaging for biomedical applications? How are multispectral sensors integrated into “smart” consumer goods? These are questions at the forefront of the field of spectroscopy. As a result, these are the same questions that guided us in building the PSS program. »

Fabris and Wiens in keynote

Laura Fabris. Courtesy of Jeff Heckman.

Laura Fabris of Rutgers University will discuss spectroscopy as a mechanism for biophotonics applications in her keynote. Fabris leads a team that explores current and future methods for monitoring drug delivery and disease characteristics, such as investigating the suitability of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) probes to provide response to outliers of the population that could indicate over-spreading behavior.

Roger Craig Wiens. Courtesy of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

In his keynote address, Roger Craig Wiens of Los Alamos National Laboratory and Purdue University, and leader of the SuperCam instrument team on the Mars Perseverance rover, will detail the variety of spectroscopic methods currently deployed on Mars. From sophisticated custom spectrometers to precisely calibrated and combined methods, the missions of the Perseverance and Curiosity rovers provide precise information on the mineralogical, chemical, atomic and molecular composition of the surface of Mars. Wiens will cover techniques such as Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), Visible and Near Infrared Spectroscopy (VISIR), Raman Spectroscopy and Acoustic Spectroscopy – all of which are utilized by the SuperCam instrument.

Industry Drivers and Key Players

Industry leaders such as Oxford Instruments, TOPTICA Photonics, ams OSRAM and many more will lead sessions on relevant topics in the life sciences. Renowned personalities from the spectroscopy landscape, including Crocombe and Conor Evans of Harvard Medical School, will present their recent work. Crocombe will headline the Embedded Spectroscopy portion of the program with a presentation on instrument miniaturization.

Registration for the Photon spectra The spectroscopy conference is free for participants. The Biospectroscopy course takes place on April 13.

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