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Nilam Shah


Associate Professor of Chemistry
Chair of Chemistry (spring)



Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS)
Localized Surface Plasmon Spectroscopy (LSPR)
Nanoparticle Fabrication


PhD Chemistry, Northwestern University 2009
MS Biomedical Enginnering, Northwestern University 2000
BA Chemistry, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 1997

Courses Taught

Introductory Chemistry I and II
Instrumental Analysis


Kurouski, D.; Zaleski, S.; Casadio, F.; Van Duyne, R.P.; Shah, N.C.: Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS) For in situ Identification of Indigo and Iron Gall Ink on Paper. The Journal of the American Chemical Society 2014, 136, 8677-8684.

Idone, A.; Gulmini, M.; Henry, A-I.; Casadio, F.; Chang, L.; Appolonia, L.; Van Duyne, R.P.; Shah, N.C.: Silver Colloidal Pastes for Dye Analysis of Reference and Historical Textile Fibers Using Direct, Extractionless, Non-hydrolysis Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy. Analyst 2013, 138, 5895-5903.

Greeneltch, N.G.; Davis, A.; Valley, N.A.; Casadio, F.; Schatz, G.C.; Van Duyne, R.P.; Shah, N.C.: Near-Infrared Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (NIR-SERS) for the Identification of Eosin Y: Theoretical Calculations and Evaluation of Two Different Nanoplasmonic Substrates. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 2012, 116, 11863–11869.

Ma, K.; Yuen, J.M.; Shah, N. C.; Walsh, Jr., J. T.; Glucksberg, M. R.; Van Duyne, R.P.: In Vivo, Transcutaneous Glucose Sensing Using Surface-Enhanced Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy: Multiple Rats, Improved Hypoglycemic Accuracy, Low Incident Power, and Continuous Monitoring for Greater Than 17 Days. Analytical Chemistry 2011, 83, 9146-9152.

Yuen, J.M.; Shah, N. C.; Walsh, Jr., J.T.; Glucksberg, M. R.; Van Duyne, R.P.: Transcutaneous Glucose Sensing by Spatially Offset Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy in a Rat Model. Analytical Chemistry 2010, 82, 8382-8385.

Shah, N. C.; Yuen, J.M.; Glucksberg, M.R.; Walsh, Jr., J.T.; Van Duyne, R.P.: Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for Glucose Sensing. In In Vivo Glucose Sensing; Stenken, J. A.; Cunningham, D. E. Eds.; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: New York, 2010; pp. 421-443.

Stiles, P.; Dieringer, J.; Shah, N. C.; Van Duyne, R.P.: Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy. Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry 2008, 1, 601-626.

Shah, N.C.; Lyandres, O.; Walsh, Jr., J.T.; Glucksberg, M.R.; Van Duyne, R.P.: Lactate and Sequential Lactate-Glucose Sensing Using Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy. Analytical Chemistry 2007, 79, 6927-6932.

Shah, N.C.; Lyandres, O.; Yonzon, C.R.; Zhang, X.; Van Duyne, R.P.: Surface-enhanced Raman Sensing: Glucose and Anthrax. In ACS Symposium Series; Vol. 963: New Approaches in Biomedical Spectroscopy; Kneipp, K., Arcoa, R., Kneipp, H., Wentrup-Byrne, E. Eds.; ACS Books: Washington, DC 2007; pp.107-122.

Lyandres, O.; Shah, N. C. ; Yonzon, C.R.; Walsh Jr., J.T.; Glucksberg, M.R.; Van Duyne, R.P.: Real- Time Glucose Sensing by Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy in Bovine Plasma Facilitated by a Mixed Decanethiol/Mercaptohexanol Partition Layer. Analytical Chemistry 2005, 77, 6134-6139.