Spectra Plasmonics receives international nanotechnology award

Spectra Plasmonics, one of NanoFabrication Kingston’s earliest clients, has earned a second international award for its ultra-sensitive sensing technology. The company received the Startup Award (Overseas) at the 2019 International Nanotechnology Exposition and Conference, held Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in Tokyo, Japan.

Spectra was established in 2017 to commercialize research by Queen’s University PhD candidates Hannah Dies and Josh Raveendran under the supervision of Professors Aris Docoslis and Carlos Escobedo of Queen’s Dept. of Chemical Engineering.

The company’s device uses surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) to enable rapid, inexpensive and highly sensitive detection of chemicals without the need for expensive laboratory facilities or specialized staff.     

The company was part of a delegation of Ontario nanotech companies that recently visited South Korea and Japan under the auspices of NanoCanada.

“We are very honoured to accept this award,” says Malcolm Eade, co-founder and CEO of Spectra. “We’re especially grateful to NanoCanada, which invited us to be part of their trade mission to Tokyo and Seoul.”

“We are proud to have helped the company manufacture their innovative device, and we’re delighted to see them continue to build on their success,” says Graham Gibson, Lab Operations Manager, NanoFabrication Kingston.

In 2017 Spectra won the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition, placing first in a field of 550 international competitors.

More international honours may be coming as well: Spectra has just been named a semi-finalist in the 2019 Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge competition. The company will join six other competitors (Food, Agriculture and Environment track), in the international not-for-profit’s fifth annual global technology summit, held March 15-16 in Paris, France.

Graham Gibson
Lab Operations Manager
P: 613. 530. 4786
E: gibson@cmc.ca

About NanoFabrication Kingston:
NanoFabrication Kingston (NFK) is a collaboration between Queen’s University, Innovation Park and CMC Microsystems, providing researchers and industry with access to leading-edge equipment, methodologies, and expertise for designing and prototyping microsystems and nanotechnologies.