Asian Journal of Physics  Vol. 31 No 2, 2022, 283-302

A new generation of Raman spectroscopists: Thinking diversity in the analytical sciences
Janina Kneipp, Ulrich Panne, Dorota Bartkowiak, Dimitra Gkogkou, Christian Heck, Wan-Ing Lin, Tilmann Neubert, Elena Pavlenko, Christine Joy Uy Querebillo, Bita Rezania, Maximilian Ries, Victor M Rodriguez Zancajo, Radwan Mohammed Sarhan, Gergo Péter Szekeres, Yanlong Xin, Anur Yadav, Zhiyang Zhang and Vesna Zivanovic


Analytical Raman spectroscopy finds itself at the interface of physics, chemistry, biology, modeling, and data science, and is evolving at a high pace due to the interaction of scientists trained in different fields. To address the major challenges regarding sensitivity and selectivity in the applications of Raman scattering, to push its physical limits, and to connect different levels of understanding of complex systems in the natural sciences, future generations of spectroscopists will need a diverse background. In this paper, we report on the activities of junior scientists of all genders in the field of Raman spectroscopy in a multidisciplinary, multi-institution graduate school. We demonstrate that bias-free recruitment, yielding a high percentage of female researchers, infrastructural support, and an environment promoting exchange leads to high-level research in basic and applied Raman spectroscopy. The examples illustrate our research activities in surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and molecular plasmonics, advances in the characterization and utilization of low-dimensional materials, and the application of Raman scattering for the characterization of complex biological systems. © Anita Publications. All rights reserved.
Keywords: Graduate education, Analytical chemistry, Surface-enhanced Raman scattering, Low-dimensional materials.

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