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NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology Program

Request for Interest: Confocal Raman SNOM System

Through the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Boise State University aims to write a proposal for the acquisition of a state-of-the-art confocal Raman / scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM) system. The system can combine atomic force microscopy with Raman and SNOM for correlative imaging with resolution beyond the diffraction limit of light. Specifically, the instrument will have spatial resolution of <10 nm with simultaneous optical and Raman scanning at <100 nm resolution and have sample stage temperature control from -100 to 600 degrees C. The system could be utilized across a broad range of (bio)materials science and engineering, physics, and chemistry, where disciplines merge into nano and microscale phenomena.

In support of this effort — which is being led by Konrad Meister, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry — we are seeking input from investigators from across campus that may have interest in this system. Please complete this form if you have interest in or any input regarding this system.

Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology Program

Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST F.5) solicits proposals from accredited U.S. universities and other eligible organizations for graduate student-designed and performed research projects that contribute to the Science Mission Directorate’s (SMD) science, technology, and exploration goals. The graduate student shall have the primary initiative to define the proposed FINESST research project and must be the primary author, with input or supervision from the proposal’s Principal Investigator (PI) or mentor, as appropriate. The proposal must present a well-defined research problem/activity and a justification of its scientific significance to NASA. FINESST awards are research grants for up to three years and up to $50K per year.

Proposals are due February 7, 2023. The solicitation can be found here.

For anyone interested in pursuing this opportunity that would like input from previous awardees, please contact