FURI | Summer 2020

Practical Applications for Fluorescence Spectroscopy

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The research is aimed at exploring diverse applications of fluorescence spectroscopy. Using a portable inexpensive (<$ 20.00) UV/VIS/IR optical spectrometer system designed by the SciHub laboratory, the research focused on the development of a fluorescence instrument that can detect melanoma skin cancer in humans. The ideal test samples are not used due to the difficulty in obtaining melanoma lesion biopsies. The results from on-going tests under the same conditions used to detect skin cancer will determine the efficiency and practicality of the spectrometer for this application.

Student researcher

Benjamin Asiedu Owusu

Materials science and engineering

Hometown: Nkawkaw, Eastern Region, Ghana

Graduation date: Spring 2021