The main aim of my project is to develop and build an imaging system capable of performing dual Raman and fluorescence lifetime imaging. The combination of these imaging techniques is of great interest, particularly in biomedical applications, where fluorescence imaging is already a well-established tool and additional information from the Raman spectroscopic data may be valuable.
Learned how to set up and align the spectrometer and incorporated the new spectrometer into the imager.
Developed a new spectrometer design which will improve the quality of the Raman spectra and get sharper peaks/Raman signals.
Testing a new laser with the Kronoscan inverted system to get better Raman results and explore possibilities for getting sdual Raman – fluorescence image.
Building a new spectrometer and comparing it with the old spectrometer.
Looking to identify high-impact applications for combined Raman and fluorescence imaging.
At the moment I’m doing a lot of technical work on the Raman system, but we are hoping to get some liver, bone and other tissue samples once the imager is built. I'll work more on applications in my third year, and I'm looking forward to talking to people about possible applications and figuring out where combined Raman and fluorescence can have the most impact. There are so many people on Proteus with different backgrounds and experience, and everyone is very knowledgeable and friendly and willing to help.