Visualizing nanoparticles in wood

In current research, methods to detect nanomaterials with a high sensitivity are becoming indispensable. Detecting and characterizing nanomaterials becomes even more difficult if they have to be analyzed in a complex matrix, like wood. To solve this problem we prepared nanoparticles that can be visualized by surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). SERS is a spectroscopic method that can detect small amounts of molecules attached to metal nanostructures. This allows us to get information about impregnation pathways of nanoparticles in the wood structure.


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María Inés Placencia Peña

Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering, Bern University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Pierre Brodard

Hochschule für Technik und Architektur Freiburg

Prof. Thomas Volkmer

Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering, Bern University of Applied Sciences

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