Chemical Segregation and Reduction of Raman Background Interference Using Drop Coating Deposition
Abstract:A new application of the recently described drop coating deposition Raman (DCDR) method facilitates the segregation and independent spectral characterization of mixture components. The quality of the normal (un-enhanced) Raman spectra are significantly improved as a result of reduced spectral interference from fluorescent impurities and buffer compounds. Fluorescence of commercial amino acid (O-phospho-L-serine) and protein (myoglobin) samples is reduced by over an order of magnitude using DCDR, more effectively than prolonged photo-bleaching. Furthermore, DCDR is used to obtain high-quality Raman spectra of proteins, lysozyme, and insulin, derived from solutions with up to 1000-fold excess buffer concentration. Possible thermodynamic and kinetic contributions to the observed segregation phenomena are discussed.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Purdue University, Department of Chemistry, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
Publication date: August 1, 2004
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