Identification number: 1.1.1.1/21/A/053

Type: ERDF

Project duration: 23 months, 2022 - 2024

Project manager: Dr.phys. Krisjanis Smits, Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia

Partners:

  • SIA Ceram Optec

Responsible person from ISSP UL:

  • Dr.phys. Krisjanis Smits, Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia

Total funding:

  • Total budget: 540 467.91EUR

  • ERDF contribution 442 967.49EUR

Project aim:

The main goal of the project is to develop a precise and simple to use testing system for the rapid determination of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein based on Raman spectroscopy.

Project summary:

The main goal of the project is to develop a precise and simple to use testing system for the rapid determination of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein based on Raman spectroscopy

The proposed Industrial research project will be implemented by the Institute of Solid State Physics, University of Latvia (ISSP UL) and Ceram Optec LLC. This multidisciplinary project consists of the research activities in Physical (1.3) and Chemical (1.4) sciences, Materials science (2.5) and Nanotechnology (2.10), according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Frascati Manual.

Expected scientific results:

The planned results of the project are: 3 original research publications, accepted for publication in the high-level peer reviewed scientific journals; 1 Latvian patent; 2 prototypes of new products (optical fiber bundle and test cell), presentation of project results at 7 international conferences.

Tasks at ISSP UL:

  • Design a hardware prototype and software for Raman spectroscopy;

  • Develop dedicated fiber optics for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS);

  • Develop an easily exchangeable testing cell for SARS-CoV-2 spike protein detection;

  • Evaluate and optimize the detection method of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.

 
 

Project progress information

Period 01.07.2022. - 30.09.2022. | 30.09.2022

The scientific results obtained in project were successfully presented in international FMNT2022 conference with two posters ("SERS SUBSTRATES BASED ON GOLD NANOPARTICLE-COATED ZNO TETRAPODS "TOWARDS SURFACE-ENHANCED RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY ON THE TIP OF OPTICAL FIBER: COMPARISON OF SUBSTRATES") and one oral presentation ("STRUCTURAL AND OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF OXIDE NANOPARTICLES AND NANOSTRUCTURES").

We are proud that poster prepared by Mg.phys. Liga Bikse received poster award, as most promising results.

The project is co-financed by REACT-EU funding for mitigating the consequences of the pandemic crisis.


Period 01.04.2022. - 30.06.2022. | 30.06.2022

Dr.phys Krisjanis Smits and Msc.chem Edgars Vanags visited PROMES-CNRS in France, where they successfully prepared materials for SERS substrates.

The second meeting with CeramOptec was held on May 24. Current progress and future tasks were discused.

The project is co-financed by REACT-EU funding for mitigating the consequences of the pandemic crisis


May 18, 2022

The project meeting was held on February 10 at the CeramOptec facilities in Livani. During the event, the project's cooperation was discussed, as well as the requirements for the initial design of the optical fiber bundle prototype that would be developed in frame of this project.

Currently, work is being done on the project to make SERS substrates, development of optical fiber bundles, and procurement preparation of the materials needed for the project.