Tanja Deckert-Gaudig

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TERS (tip-enhanced Raman scattering) provides exceptional spatial resolution without any need for labelling and has become a versatile tool for biochemical analysis. Two examples will be highlighted here. On the one hand, TERS measurements on a single mitochondrion are discussed, monitoring the oxidation state of the central iron ion of cytochrome c,(More)
The structural organization of cellular membranes has an essential influence on their functionality. The membrane surfaces currently are considered to consist of various distinct patches, which play an important role in many processes, however, not all parameters such as size and distribution are fully determined. In this study, purple membrane (PM) patches(More)
The development of novel DNA sequencing methods is one of the ongoing challenges in various fields of research seeking to address the demand for sequence information. However, many of these techniques rely on some kind of labeling or amplification steps. Here we investigate the intrinsic properties of tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS) towards the(More)
Amyloid fibrils associated with many neurodegenerative diseases are the most intriguing targets of modern structural biology. Significant knowledge has been accumulated about the morphology and fibril-core structure recently. However, no conventional methods could probe the fibril surface despite its significant role in the biological activity. Tip-enhanced(More)
Tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS) enables the label-free investigation of biochemical interfaces with nanometer lateral resolution by combining the benefits of the intrinsic molecular specificity of Raman spectroscopy, the sensitivity because of signal enhancing capabilities of plasmonic nanoparticles, and the precision of scanning probe microscopy. The(More)
Heterogeneous catalysts play a pivotal role in the chemical industry, but acquiring molecular insights into functioning catalysts remains a significant challenge. Recent advances in micro-spectroscopic approaches have allowed spatiotemporal information to be obtained on the dynamics of single active sites and the diffusion of single molecules. However,(More)
Amyloid fibrils are known to be responsible for diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. A detailed insight into the structure of amyloid fibrils is fundamental since it is not yet understood what triggers the misfolding of proteins to the fiber like structures. The molecular structure of fibril surfaces on a single amino acid level has not been revealed so(More)
Tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS) is a powerful technique to obtain molecular information on a nanometer scale, however, the technique has been limited to cell surfaces, viruses, and isolated molecules. Here we show that TERS can be used to probe hemozoin crystals at less than 20 nm spatial resolution in the digestive vacuole of a sectioned malaria(More)
Tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS) has become a powerful tool for nanoscale structural analysis for several branches of organic, inorganic, and biological chemistry. This highly sensitive technique enables molecular characterization with a lateral resolution far beyond Abbe's diffraction limit and correlates structural and topographic information on a(More)
The combination of scanning probe microscopy and Raman spectroscopy enables chemical characterization of surfaces at highest spatial resolution. This so-called tip-enhanced Raman scattering (TERS) can be employed for a variety of samples where a label-free characterization or identification of constituents on the nanometer scale is pursued. Present TERS(More)