October 7, 2021

Check out news story about our discovery:

October 5, 2021

We are grateful to the National Institute of Health for awarding our laboratory with MIRA grant. These funds will be used to determine the underlying cause of Parkinson disease, as well as other neurodegenerative diseases.

We also want to thank to Olga Kuchmet for putting a news story that highlights our success.

September 17, 2021

Group fun trip: Fredericksburg, wineries and Austin

August 3, 2021

This is how you should be dressed if you collect Raman spectra…

August 20, 2021

Congrats to Zhandong and Dmitry on acceptance of their paper on “Tip-Enhanced Raman Analysis of Plasmonic and Photocatalytic Properties of Copper Nanomaterials” to The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters!

August 11, 2021

Many congrats to Dr. Farber! Well done, Charlie!!!

July 30, 2021

Bowling group outing

July 29, 2021

Many Congrats to Charlie and all ‘Corteva’ team on acceptance of our super cool paper to Frontiers! Long nights in rubber boots finally paid off. We also want to thank to Mike Kolomiets and his team for their help and support on this project!

July 26, 2021

Charlie got a job! Many congrats, Charlie!

July 23, 2021

Many congrats to Rosie and Charlie, as well as all Stephenville team on acceptance of our paper to Plant Direct!

July 15, 2021

Now we have our own cell facility! Thanks to Michael and everyone who helped putting it together.

July11, 2021

Zack’s and Dmitry’s paper entitled “Raman Spectroscopy enables phenotyping and assessment of nutrition values of plants. A review” is accepted to Plant Methods. Congrats!

June 25, 2021

Farewell pizza party to Zhandong. Safe travels back and all the best to you, Zhandong! We will miss you.

June 12, 2021

We made it to Alamo!

June 8, 2021

Again many congrats to Zhandong on acceptance of his paper entitled “Probing the Redox Selectivity on Au@Pd and Au@Pt Bimetallic Nanoplates by Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS)” to ACS Photonics!

June 7, 2021

Many congrats to Zhandong on acceptance of his wonderful paper on Cargo-TERS to Nanoscale!

May 31, 2021

Contrast to Tianyi and our Weslaco friends (Kranthi’s lab) on acceptance of a very important paper for our group to Frontiers of Plant Sciences! In this paper, we performed HPLC analysis of plant extracts to identify the biochemical origin of Raman signals.

May 23, 2021

Congrats to Charlie on acceptance of his paper entitled ” Non-Invasive Identification of Nutrient Components in Grain” to Molecules!

May 4, 2021

Many Congrats to Tianyi on acceptance of his awesome paper on AFM-IR imaging of the individual a-synuclein oligomers to JPCL!

April 26, 2021

Congrats to Tianyi on the acceptance of his paper entitled “Raman spectroscopy can distinguish glyphosate-susceptible and -resistant Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri)” to Frontiers of Plant Sciences! Great result of the collaboration work with Muthu group from The Department of Horticultural Sciences.

April 23, 2021

Again many congrats to Nick on getting Texas Sea Grant Award!

This award honors the most innovative, yet practical research that exemplifies the focus areas of Texas Sea Grant: Resilient Coastal Communities & Economies, Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Sustainable Fisheries & Aquaculture, and Environmental Literacy & Coastal Workforce Development.

April 19, 2021

Many congratulations to Nick Goff on getting the 2nd Place in Oral Presentation Competition at Student Research Week at Texas A&M University! Great job, Nick!

April 15, 2021

Congrats to Zhandong and Dmitry on acceptance of their paper to The Account of Chemical Research!

April 13, 2021

Probably the longest reviewed paper finally crossed the finish line: Many congrats to Charlie on acceptance of his great work to ACS Agricultural Science & Technology!

March 3, 2021

Many congrats to Charlie on 2020 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Graduate Research!

January 27, 2021

Our review on “Nanoscale structural characterization of plasmon-driven reactions” has been accepted to Nanophotonics. Congrats to Zhandong and Dmitry

January 19, 2021

Many congrats to Charlie on acceptance of his paper to Journal of Biophotonics! Excellent team work in collaboration with Rogovsky group.

January 13, 2021

Many congrats to Zhandong on acceptance of his paper to J. Phys. Chem. C entitled “Underlying Mechanisms of Hot Carrier-Driven Reactivity on Bimetallic Nanostructures”. Very cool study and a great team work with El-Khoury and Large groups.

December 16, 2020

Many congrats to Zack! His review on “Raman-based diagnostics of biotic and abiotic stresses in plants” has been accepted to Frontiers of Plant Sciences!

December 15, 2020

Congrats to Zhandong on acceptance of his paper to Chemical Communications! “Tip-Enhanced Raman Imaging of Photocatalytic Reactions on Thermally-Reshaped Gold and Gold-Palladium Microplates” should appear soon online.

October 27, 2020

More news about Charlie’s FFAR Fellowship:

September 30, 2020

Congrats to Lee Sanchez! Lee’s paper on “Raman Spectroscopy Enables Non-Invasive and Confirmatory Diagnostics of Salinity Stresses, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium Deficiencies in Rice” has been accepted to Frontiers of Plant Sciences. Congrats, Lee!

September 12, 2020

Check out Texas A&M AgriLife news story about our discovery:

New method allows scientists to quickly ‘view’ individual virus particles

August 12, 2020

Charlie’s paper on Non-invasive Characterization of Single-, Double- and Triple-Viral Diseases of Wheat with a Hand-held Raman Spectrometer has been accepted to Frontiers of Plant Sciences. Congrats, Charlie!

July 20, 2020

Tianyi’s first paper on “Nanoscale Structural Characterization of Individual Viral Particles Using Atomic Force Microscope Infrared (AFM-IR) and Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS)” has been accepted to Analytical Chemsitry! Excellent work that shows complimentary of AFM-IR and TERS. Congrats!!!

July 6, 2020

Corteva experiment is in progress. Many thanks to Dillon for awesome videos and pics!

June 22, 2020

Congrats of Zhandong and Rui on acceptance of their paper to The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters! Great job guys!!!


Many congrats to Fern and Alex on acceptance of their paper to Analytical Methods!


June 18, 2020

Huge respect to our field Raman team: John, Tianyi and Yousef!


June 15, 2020

Many congrats to Charlie on winning FFAR Fellowship! Charlie was one of 23 students in the U.S. who was awarded the FFAR fellowship, beginning in the fall. The FFAR Fellows Program was established to provide professional development and career guidance to the next generation of food and agriculture scientists across the Foundation for Food and Agriculture’s Challenge Areas and strategic initiatives. The program provides early career support to graduate students and industry peers to equip students with the skills needed to facilitate their transition to the workforce and prepare future leaders for food and agriculture. Fellows will be co-mentored over the 3-year program by the university and industry representatives and engage with their peers in professional development programming both virtually and at the annual one-week residential sessions.

June 9, 2020

Many congratulations to Spectroscopy Magazine on their 35th Anniversary! Check out Dmitry’s Future Article that was published in the special Anniversary Issue of Spectroscopy: “A Spectroscopic Revolution in Agricultural World“.


June 3, 2020

Lee’s paper on “Raman Spectroscopy vs Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction In Early Stage Huanglongbing Diagnostics” has been accepted to Nature Scientific Reports. Congrats, Lee!

May 28, 2020

Rui’s paper on the “Use of Raman Spectroscopy and Size-exclusion Chromatography Coupled with HDX-MS Spectroscopy for Studying Conformational Changes of Small Proteins in Solution” has been accepted to The Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis. Congrats, Rui!

May 25, 2020

Check out AgriLife story about our peanut paper


May 21, 2020

Charlie’s and Lee’s paper on Raman-based identification of poison ivy has been accepted to RSC Advances. Congrats Charlie and Lee!


May 15, 2020

Zhandong’s paper on “Elucidation of Photo-Catalytic Properties of Goldplatinum Bimetallic Nanoplates Using Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy” has been accepted to The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Congrats, Zhandong!


May 13, 2020

Dmitry’s interview on Raman-based diagnostics of cannabis is in Cannabis Science and Technology Journal. Check it out:


Lee’s paper on “Raman-Based Differentiation of Hemp, Canabdiol-Rich Hemp and Cannabis” has been accepted to Analytical Chemistry! Congrats, Lee!


Rosie’s paper has been accepted to Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. Many congrats to Rosie! Also, Charlie’s hand became a part of history 🙂


April 29, 2020

Lei’s paper on “Structural Characterization of Individual α-Synuclein Oligomers Formed at Different Stages of Protein Aggregation by Atomic Force Microscope Infrared Spectroscopy” has been accepted to Analytical Chemistry. Congrats, Lei!


April 27, 2020

Rui’s paper on Gap-Mode Tip-Enhanced Raman Scattering on Au Nanoplates of Varied Thickness has been accepted to The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Congrats, Rui!


April 17, 2020

Our paper on Raman-based identification of peanut genotypes and value-added traits has been accepted to Nature Scientific Reports! Many congrats to everyone who contributed to it! Special congrats to Charlie Farber who led the work!

April 7, 2020

Dmitry is talking about hemp and cannabis:

March 11, 2020

Our review on complimentary of AFM-IR and TERS has been accepted by Chemical Society Reviews, the top journal of The Royal Chemical Society. The review is co-authored by Andrea Centrone, the expert in AFM-IR from NIST, USA as well as Renato Zenobi (ETH, Switzerland) and Alexandre Dazzi (Université Paris-Sud, France), the discoverers of TERS and AFM-IR respectively.

February 28, 2020

Farewell lunch to Lei and Rui


February 21, 2020

Group lunch at Fritella.


January 18, 2020

Mark is presenting his poster at Biophysical Society Meeting in San Diego.


January 1, 2020

Check out news about us:

January 30, 2020

Lee and Dillon are developing Raman-based fungal disease diagnostics on corn. Exciting collaboration project with Kolomiets group and Corteva.

January 29, 2020

Lee’s paper on “Non-invasive diagnostics of Liberibacter disease on tomatoes using a hand-held Raman spectrometer” has been accepted to Planta. Congrats, Lee!!!

January 24, 2020

Happy Chinese New Year!


January 21, 2020

Lee and Dmitry are on TV talking about non-invasive diagnostics of cannabis.

January 3, 2020

FeedNavigator put a news story about our research. Check it out here:


January, 2, 2020

Rui’s paper on “Direct Experimental Evidence of Hot-Carrier-Driven Chemical Processes in Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS)” has been accepted to  J. Phys. Chem. C.

The paper showed experimental evidence and theoretical support of hot-carrier driven chemical reactions in TERS.

Congrats, Rui!


December 27, 2019

Lee’s paper on Raman-based confirmatory non-invasive and non-destructive differentiation between hemp and cannabis has been accepted to RCS Advances.

This is the groundbreaking work that shows non-invasive and 100% accurate diagnostics of marijuana.

Congrats, Lee!


December 6, 2019

Great Christmas party. Happy Holidays to Everyone!


December 2, 2019

Interview with Dr. Kurouski about Raman-based digital nutrition and farming.


November 25, 2019

Charlie’s work on rose rosette diagnostics by Raman spectroscopy has been highlighted by Check it out here:


November 17, 2019

Check out a news story in Eagle about our research:

November 13, 2019

Mark is teaching forensics Texas A&M students how to use Raman spectroscopy.

November 1, 2019

We made the news!


Check the story on here:

October 31, 2019

Halloween Group Meeting


October 15, 2019

Rui’s paper on temperature-induced transformations in gold microplates has been accepted to ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. Congrats, Rui!


October 14, 2019

Dmitry gave three invited talks at SXIC 2019, Palm Springs, CA.

September 17, 2019

Mark’s and Charlie’s paper on non-invasive assessment of nutrient content in corn and Raman-based phenotyping of corn varieties has been accepted to ACS Omega. Congrats Mark and Charlie!


August 25, 2019

Lee’s paper on detection and identification of canker and blight on orange trees using a hand-held Raman spectrometer has been accepted to the Journal of Raman Spectroscopy. Congrats, Lee!


July 19, 2019

Friday lunch at Hopdoddy


July 12, 2019

Stas’s paper on AFM-IR study of amyloids has been accepted to ChemBioChem. Congrats, Stas!


July 10, 2019

Dmitry gave a talk at ICAVS 10 that was held in Auckland, New Zealand.

July 7, 2019

We are delighted to have Dr. Lei Zhou and Dr. Zhandong Li joining our group as Postdoctoral Researchers. Welcome Lei and Zhandong!

July 3, 2019

Dmitry gave a talk at 7th International Conference on Frontiers of Nonlinear Physics, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

June 24, 2019

Dmitry gave a talk at Forensics Section of North East Regional ACS Meeting (NERM 2019) that has held in Saratoga, NY

June 18,2019

Dmitry is giving a talk at ICES 2019 in London, Canada on the discovered by Rui 3D TERS.


June 13, 2019

Charlie’s paper on Raman-based diagnostics of rose rosette has been accepted to Planta. Congrats, Charlie!

May 17, 2019

Our review on “Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques for Plant Disease Diagnostics” has been accepted to Trends in Analytical Chemistry. Congrats to Charlie, Mark M. and Lee!


May 8, 2019

Isaac got a Golden Medal for completing the LAUNCH Undergraduate Research Scholars program and submitting a senior thesis. Congratulations, Isaac!


May 4, 2019

Isaac’s and Rui’s paper on SERS-based analysis of hair colorants is accepted to Analytical Chemistry. Congrats, guys!


April 26, 2019

Mark continues working on his corn project.


April 19, 2019

Group meeting at Dmitry’s house.


April 5, 2019

Dr. Rizevsky made a very interesting presentation about biology of human cercarial dermatitis and newly developed approaches to battle this disease. Thank you, Stas!


April 4, 2019

BBQ lunch at J. Cody.


March 29, 2019

Charlie and Isaac presented posters at The 1st Annual Biochemistry & Biophysics Research and Technologies Symposium.

March 27, 2019

We are delighted to have Dr. Stanislav Rizevsky as a visiting scholar from Biology Department, Belarussian State University. Welcome, Stas!


March 26, 2019

Mark has been accepted to a Graduate Program in Biophysics at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Congratulations, Mark!


March 21, 2019

Charlie and Isaac made excellent oral and poster presentations at PittCon 2019 that was held in Philadelphia, PA. Great job, guys!

March 11, 2019

Lee’s paper on “Rapid and Non-invasive Diagnostics of Huanglongbing and Nutrient Deficits on Citrus Trees with a Hand-Held Raman Spectrometer” is now accepted to Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. Congratulations, Lee!


March 8, 2019

Look what a great work these two guys made. Isaac is going to report these exciting results at PittCon 2019 that will start in just a week in Philadelphia, PA.


March 7, 2019

We got our AFM-IR system! Now we are the first group in the world that is going both TERS (nano-Raman) and AFM-IR (nano-IR). Many thanks to Anirban and Yi (Bruker) for such a quick and efficient installation.

March 3, 2019

Awesome bowing night!

February 20, 2019

Lee and Dr. Kurouski visited Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at Stephenville, TX. Many thanks to Bill McCutchen, Charles Simpson and John Cason for their kind invitation to visit the center. Our lab is excited to work together with a great team of scientists on the launched peanut breeding program.

February 18, 2019

Mark Krimmer was accepted to 2019 Summer Research Program at Brandeis University. Mark will work on cell and molecular visualization. Congratulations, Mark!

February 15, 2019

Signe made an excellent presentation about fucoidan, a sulfated polysaccharide that has various excited application in medicine and cosmetics. Great job, Signe and thank you!

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February 5, 2019

Charlie’s paper on “Complementarity of Raman and Infrared Spectroscopy for Structural Characterization of Plant Epicuticular Waxes” is now accepted to ACS Omega. Great job, Charlie!


February 4, 2019

We are delighted to have Signe Ptak as a visiting scholar from Chemical Engineering Department of University of Southern Denmark. Welcome, Signe!

January 9, 2019

Charlie’s paper on “Nanoscale Structural Organization of Plant Epicuticular Wax Probed by Atomic Force Microscope Infrared Spectroscopy” is now accepted to Analytical Chemistry! This work opened up a new direction in our laboratory: AFM-IR. Great job, Charlie!


January 8, 2019

Lee’s and Charlie’s paper on “Non-Invasive and Non-Destructive Detection of Cowpea Bruchid Within Cowpea Seeds with a Hand-Held Raman Spectrometer” is now accepted to Analytical Chemistry. Congrats, guys!


January 6, 2019

Dr. Kurouski was invited to give a talk at PQE 2019 meeting in Snowbird, UT.

December 14, 2018

Our project “Non-Invasive And Non-Destructive Detection Of Huanglongbing On Citrus Trees Using Raman Spectroscopy” has been funded by T3 Grant of Texas A&M University!

December 12, 2018

Finals are over and Winder Break is coming. Happy Holidays y’all!


November 1, 2018

Charlie was selected by our Department for The Graduate Student Spotlight. Congrats, Charlie!


October 23, 2018

Dr. Kurouski gave an invited talk on the meeting on rose rosette disease in Crossville, TN. Many thanks to Profs. Byrne and Windham for their invitation.

October 22, 2018

Dr. Kurouski gave a talk on SCIX 2019 in Atlanta, GA on “Raman-based plant pathogen diagnostics”.

October 19-20, 2018

Charlie, Lee and Rui presented their research work on 2018 Scott Medal Symposium. Well done!

September 10, 2018

Rui’s first paper on TERS entitled “Elucidation of Tip-Broadening Effect in Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS): A Cause of Artifacts or Potential for 3D TERS” is accepted to The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Great job, Rui!


August 28, 2018

Charlie Farber got The Best Poster Award on ICORS 2018! This year, around 900 scientists came to ICORS from all different parts of the world and more than 300 posters presented. There were only 20 poster awards, which means that only ~5% of students got awarded. Many congratulations, Charlie!


August 27, 2018

Dr. Kurouski gave an invited talk and Charlie Farber presented a poster on The International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS) 2018 in Jeju, Korea.

August 15, 2018
Dr. Kurouski and Lee Sanchez visiting Citrus Center and laboratory of Dr. Mandadi at Weslaco on Raman-based detection of HLB on citrus trees.

July 16, 2018

Dr. Kurouski was invited to give a talk at LPHYS 18, Nottingham, UK

June 13, 2018

Our paper on “Detection and Identification of Fungal Infections in Intact Wheat and Sorghum Grain Using a Hand-Held Raman Spectrometer” is accepted by Analytical Chemistry, the top analytical journal of ACS!


June 8, 2018

Congratulations to Rui and his wife on the birth of their beautiful baby girl!!! We all are wishing both of you the best of luck with your new little princess!!!!


May 9, 2018

Our paper on “Forensic Identification of Urine on Cotton and Polyester Fabric with a Hand-held Raman Spectrometer” is accepted by Forensic Chemistry. Many congratulations to Elizabeth and Charlie!


April 25, 2018

Our confocal Raman system is built and aligned!


April 12, 2018

Prof. Kurouski was invited to give an invited seminar at the Department of Physics, Florida International University.

April 4, 2018

Prof. Kurouski was invited to give an invited seminar at the Department of Physics, Baylor University.

March 28, 2018

We are delighted to host Chris Welch, formal Scientific Lead at Merck! Chris gave excellent talk about “High throughput analysis and high throughput experimentation in pharmaceutical development” in our department and conduced a great career workshop for our graduate students. Thank you Chris!

March 23, 2018

Many congratulations to Charlie, who just won The First Place Poster Award on 21st Annual Student Research Week!


February 21st, 2018

We are pleased to host Peter Tessier from The University of Michigan, as our department seminar speaker!

February 21st, 2018

Our first paper is accepted to Analytical Chemistry. Congratulations, Charlie! Great job!

Check it out here


January 18th, 2018

We are pleased to host Niklas Waasem from Hübner, who gave an excellent talk about lasers and career development in both academia and industry. Thank you, Niklas!

January 9th, 2018

Prof. Kurouski gave an invited talk on TERS at PQE 2018 meeting, Salt Lake City, UT

December 21, 2017

Welcome to Charlie, Elizabeth and Veronica, first year graduate students! We are excited to have every one of you in the lab.

November 21, 2017


Our review on surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is published by Spectroscopy Magazine. Check it out here!

November 14, 2017

Our TERS system has arrived! Andrei Krayev (HORIBA) explains how great and hard is TERS.

November 13, 2017

We are excited to have Rui Wang (PhD from Fudan University, China) as a Postdoctoral Fellow in our group. Welcome, Rui!

November 2, 2017

Electrochemistry in action!

We are delighted to host Dr. Alex Peroff, the expert in electrochemistry from Pine Instruments.

October 19, 2017

Elizabeth and Charlie making gold nanoplates.

September 15, 2017

Alex and Minal help setting up the lab.


September 6, 2017

The laser tables have arrived!