About the project

One of the most important characteristics of a space apparatus is its reliability over a lifetime. While design improvements have reduced the probability of mechanical failure, performance degradation directly traceable to internal contamination has been observed across the industry in significant numbers, both in endurance test units and flight units. Therefore, the risk posed by excessive contamination is still a major concern and should be addressed in a consistent standard throughout industry. While the several Standards for detection of contamination of surfaces were developed by ECSS (ECSSQST7005C, ECSS-Q-ST-70-02C) and intended to be applied together for the management, engineering and product assurance in space projects and applications, a need still exists to develop a new detection methods of surface contamination with higher sensitivity and better analytical possibilities to increase a reliability of space apparatus.

The progress in nanoplasmonic science and recent developments in plasmonic materials stimulated innovations in a new directions of analytical science and molecular sensors. Raman spectroscopy, because of achievements in nanoplasmonics, laser developments and computers technology is going to be a new breakthrough in analytical and measurement technique in many areas of application from nanomedicine to space applications and motivates the aim of this project:

the development of novel, one molecule level sensitivity technique for analysis and chemical mapping of surface molecular contamination in space applications.

About Research Center

The Research Centre for Microsystems and Nanotechnology (RCMN), Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, KTU (RCMN-KTU), was established in 1998 to act as a focus for interdisciplinary research into microsystems and nanotechnology. The mission of the centre consists of R&D in micro- and nanotechnologies, technology transfer, education, development of the national strategy in nanoscience/nanotechnology, and playing a national/international role through networking and partnership.