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Introduction

  • Claudia Fasolato
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Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Abstract

In recent years, the development of novel technological platforms for the study of biosystems has allowed for reaching extreme sensitivity and gaining deep insight in the physical mechanisms at the basis of biophysical processes. Interesting results have been obtained with imaging techniques as well as in the development of refined approaches for biosystem manipulation and control like microfluidic devices, optical tweezers, etc. Among these novel tools, innovative spectroscopic techniques enable probing specific biomolecules and investigating their composition, structural properties, location and interaction with other elements also in complex environments, as inside a cell. For approaching complex biophysical problems, it is crucial to push the limits of our investigation down to the single cell and single molecule level. To this aim, ultrasensitive and molecular specific spectroscopic techniques as Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) can be successfully employed. Here we briefly discuss the state of the art of the field and the content of this Thesis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Fisica e GeologiaUniversità degli Studi di PerugiaPerugiaItaly

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