Otago scientist's contribution recognised
Friday 9 August 2013
Professor Jim McQuillan
Otago Chemistry Professor Jim McQuillan’s role as a co-discoverer of the most sensitive analytical technique ever developed was recently highlighted at a UK event celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), which allows molecules to be detected in minute quantities, was discovered by Professors Martin Fleischmann, Patrick Hendra and McQuillan at the University of Southampton in 1973. SERS has since revolutionised areas as diverse as crime-scene forensic analysis, drug detection, and establishing the origins of works of art.