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Metrohm’s SERS expert and inventor of P-SERS strips, Dr. Wei Yu, has been awarded a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for a portable Raman-based postmortem toxicology screening method.

Whole blood screening at the scene

Dr. Yu’s powerful platform technology will aid in quick cause-of-death determination from overdose in the field. Determining Overdose by Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (DOSERS) starts with a simple and unique whole blood sample processing method. P-SERS printed substrates and Metrohm’s handheld Raman systems facilitate post-mortem detection of fentanyl and other drugs. Even minimally trained users can successfully employ DOSERS in the field.

Metrohm Spectro is comprised of three spectroscopy-centered businesses: Innovative Photonic Solutions (IPS) provides the highest quality laser sources for analytical instruments, B&W Tek is a leading supplier of handheld and laboratory Raman products for diverse markets, Metrohm Raman creates innovative handheld Raman and SERS systems for Pharma RMID and CBRNe threat reduction.