Prof. Sander Woutersen of the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (UvA) has been awarded a Demonstrator Grant of 160,000 euros by the Dutch Research Council NWO (Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences). Together with his colleague and Veni-fellow Dr Giulia Giubertoni he will be developing a structure- and size-sensitive chemical probe.
In their project IR-DOSY, Woutersen and Giubertoni envision a new device that can determine molecular structure and size simultaneously in a cost-effective, non-invasive and simple manner. Its working is based on the combination of microfluidic technology with infrared spectroscopy.
In earlier research, the researchers have already validated this concept in a pilot. Together with the Technology Centre, IXA, and Demonstrator Lab Science Park, Woutersen and Giubertoni will now further develop it into a device that can be used by researchers from different disciplines in any laboratory as an analytical or diagnostic tool.
Image: UvA Technology Centre – Design of the IR-DOSY apparatus
Working paper at ChemRxiv: Infrared Diffusion-Ordered Spectroscopy Reveals Molecular Size and Structure
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