Welcome to Kurouski Lab!

We focus on structural characterization of catalytic and biological systems with sub-nanometer spatial resolution.

Tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) is a powerful technique that combines the single-molecule sensitivity of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and the precise spatial control of scanning probe microscopy (SPM). A key goal of our research is to examine the fundamental physical principles which lay behind the sub-nanometer resolution of TERS, in order to facilitate the implementation of this technique in analytical chemistry and biochemistry.

A fundamental understanding of the spatial resolution of TERS will allow us to work towards answering two questions: (1)How does the structural organization of prefibrilar oligomers contribute to the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease?” and (2)How do molecular orientation and nanoscale surface heterogeneity impact electrochemical catalytic reaction dynamics?


Group News


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!