JUPITER, Fla., March 5, 2015 — BioTools’ new family of portable Raman microscopes bridges the gap between microscopy and spectroscopy. The Mobile μRaman (pictured) is designed for examining particles, liquids, contaminants and fibers, while the μ-BioRaman is intended for protein analysis. When coupled with surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates or capillaries, the instruments can collect a spectrum in 10 s, requiring only four to eight spectra to generate a well-defined Raman signature. Both systems offer multiple sample handling modalities (microscope slide, cuvette, vial or syringe), a fast-scanning piezoelectric stage for Raman mapping and an optional battery pack for fieldwork. Both models are available in Extended Range (ER), covering 200 to 3200 cm-1 with a spectral resolution of 8 cm-1 and High Resolution (HR), covering 200 to 2000 cm-1, with a spectral resolution of 4 cm-1. Smaller than a portable sewing machine, each instrument is suited for use in industry and pharma, research and forensics, art and archeology, doctors’ offices and infusion clinics and food and water safety testing.