Pictures from TERS-5

TERS-5 finished successfull and we are thankful to all the participants, invited speakers, committee members and volunteers for making this conference such a wonderful experience.
Here are some pictures from the conference- TERS-5 pictures

The Conference

The International Conference on Tip Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (the TERS series) brings together academic and industrial researchers interested in the latest developments in the field of Tip Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS).

The meeting addresses the fundamentals and applications of TERS, with special emphasis on spatial resolution, enhancement, improvements in reliability, comparability, robustness and methodology. The scientific program will include invited and contributed talks, industry presentations and a poster session.

The TERS series had its first edition in 2009, and since then it has been gathering a growing number of scientists from around the world.

2015 Highlights

2015 is the International Year of Light (IYL), and the 5th edition of the International conference on TERS, which will take place in Osaka, Japan, during October 29-30, 2015, will actively contribute to promote the IYL. The TERS community has recently grown remarkably and many groups have achieved impressive results. It will be the right time to discuss these new and interesting achievements during the conference.

The Topics

The conference will bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars in the domain of interest from around the world. Topics of interest include:

  • Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
  • TERS Imaging
  • Enhancement in TERS
  • Spatial Resolution in TERS
  • Single Molecule Detection with TERS
  • Tip Fabrication and Simulation
  • Reference Samples for TERS
  • Applications of TERS
  • Theoretical Consideration
  • Commercialization of TERS
  • Other Topics Related to TERS

The Abstract

We are no more accepting any Abstracts.


  •   TERS-6 will be held at NIST, Washigton DC in Sept. 2017  
  •   More information on  TERS-6  will be posted in due time  


Important Dates

July 17, 2015: Registration Opens
Sept. 17, 2015: Early Registration Deadline
Sept. 25, 2015: Abstract Submission Deadline
Oct. 29, 2015:
Conference Starts

Steering Committee

Prof. Ado Jorio

UFMG, Brazil

Prof. Alfred Meixner

Tübingen, Germany

Dr. Debdulal Roy


Prof. Prabhat Verma

Osaka, Japan

Prof. Renato Zenobi

ETH-Zurich, Switzerland

Prof. Richard Van Duyne

Northwestern, USA

Conference Chairs

  • Prabhat  Verma

    , Osaka University
  • Satoshi  Kawata

    , Osaka University

Organizing Committee

  • Prof. Prabhat Verma, Osaka University
  • Prof. Satoshi Kawata, Osaka University
  • Prof. Yasushi Inouye, Osaka University
  • Prof. Yuji Kuwahara, Osaka University
  • Dr. Yuika Saito, Osaka University
  • Dr. Katsumasa Fujita, Osaka University
  • Dr. Atsushi Taguchi, Osaka University
  • Dr. Almar Palonpon, Osaka University
  • Dr. Kyoko Masui, Osaka University
  • Prof. Yukihiro Ozaki, Kwansei Gakuin University

Invited Speakers


Richard P. Van Duyne

NorthWestern University, Evanston IL, USA
Short CV Professor Van Duyne discovered surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), invented nanosphere lithography (NSL), and developed ultrasensitive nanosensors based on localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) spectroscopy. His research interests include all forms of surface-enhanced spectroscopy, plasmonics, nanoscale biosensors, atomic layer deposition (ALD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), ultra-high vacuum (UHV) STM, UHV-tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (UHV-TERS), and surface-enhanced femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (SE-FSRS).
   He has been recognized for his accomplishments with the Theophilius Redwood Award, Royal Society of Chemistry (2015), E. Bright Wilson Award in Spectroscopy, American Chemical Society (2014); Thomson Reuters List of Highly Cited Researchers (2014); Charles Mann Award in Applied Raman Spectroscopy, Society of Applied Spectroscopy (2014); Sir George Stokes Award, Royal Society of Chemistry (2013); Honorary Member, Society of Applied Spectroscopy (2013); Thomson Reuters list of top 100 chemists over the period 2000-2010 as ranked by the impact of their published research (2011); Charles N. Reilley Award, Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry (2011); Election to the US National Academy of Sciences (2010); Analytical Chemistry Award, American Chemical Society, (2010); Bomem-Michelson Award, Coblentz Society (2010); Ellis R. Lippincott Award, Optical Society of America (2008); L'Oreal Art and Science of Color Prize (2006); Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education, American Chemical Society (2005); Election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2004); The Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy, American Physical Society (2004); Excellence in Surface Science Award of the Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation (1996); Pittsburgh Spectroscopy Award (1991); National Fresenius Award, American Chemical Society (1981); and the Coblentz Memorial Prize in Molecular Spectroscopy (1980). He is also a fellow of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy (2013), Royal Society of Chemistry (2013), American Physical Society (1985), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1983). Van Duyne received his B.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1967) and a PhD. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of North Carolina (1971).

Talk title: "Single Molecule Chemistry at the Nanometer Length Scale and Picosecond Time Scale".


H. Kumar Wickramasinghe

University of California, Irvine CA, USA
Short CV Professor H. Kumar Wickramasinghe, a Ph.D. from the University of London, is currently a Henry Samueli Endowed Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of California, Irvine. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering and respected pioneer in nanotechnology. Prior to joining UC Irvine, Prof. Wickramasinghe managed nanoscience and technology research at IBM's Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA. Holding 70 patents, some of his most significant inventions and contributions to the nano field include the development of the vibrating mode atomic force microscope (AFM), the magnetic force microscope, the electrostatic force microscope, the Kelvin probe force microscope, the scanning thermal microscope, and the apertureless near-field optical microscope (TERS). Most of these scanning probe microscopes are standard instruments use today for nano-scale characterization.
   His AFM jet device for rapid molecule sorting and delivery was named one of the 25 most innovative products of 2006 in the inaugural "MICRO/NANO 25" competition held by the editors of R&D magazine and the MICRO/NANO Newsletter.
   Prof. Wickramasinghe is an IBM Fellow and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Royal Microscopical Society.

Talk title: "TERS and Photo Induced Force Microscopy".


Yung Doug Suh

Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Daejeon, South Korea
Short CV Dr. Yung Doug Suh studied at Seoul National University for his BS(1991), MS(1993), and PhD(1999) under the guidance of Prof. Seong Keun Kim in Chemistry Department, Prof. Young Kuk in Physics, and Dr. Dongho Kim in Korea Research Inst. of Standards and Science (KRISS) researching gas phase molecular reaction dynamics, surface physics with UHV-STM, and laser spectroscopies, respectively. After finishing a Postdoc in ETH Zurich working with Prof. Renato Zenobi in 1999–2000, he worked at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), USA, in 2001–2002. He accepted a recruited principal research scientist position in 2003, to form his own research group: Laboratory for Advanced Molecular Probing (LAMP) at the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) in DaeJeon, South Korea. He is currently a director of Research Center for Convergence Nanobiotechnology, KRICT, and an adjunct professor of Chemical Engineering Department, SungKyunKwan Univerisity (SKKU), Korea.

Talk title: "Nanogap Enhancement in Raman Scattering".


Bin Ren

Xiamen University, Xiamen, China
Short CV Professor Bin Ren is now a Professor in Chemistry and Vice-Director of the State Key Lab of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces, Xiamen University. He obtained his Bachelor and Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry, Xiamen University. He was an Alexander von Humboldt fellow and worked in Fritz-Haber Institute, Germany on tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. He was awarded the distinguished young scholar fund of the National Science Foundation of China. He has published over 180 papers in English and has an H-index of 40. He is now an Editor of Spectrochimica Acta A. His research field is on surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and electrochemistry, and their application in studying the fundamental aspect of surface and interfaces of energy and bio-related systems.

Talk title: "Fifteen Years of Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy – Quo Vadis".

Substituted by Natalia Martin!

    Katrin Domke; Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany

Talk title: "TERS at solid/liquid interfaces".


Natalia Martin

Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany

Talk title: "TERS at solid/liquid interfaces".


Janina Maultzsch

Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Short CV Dr. Janina Maultzsch is cu‎rrently an Associate Professor at University of Technology Berlin, Germany. She received her Ph.D. in 2004 from TU Berlin. In 2006/7 she was an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at Columbia University, New York, in the group of Prof. Tony Heinz. In 2008 she was appointed as an Assistant Professor at TU Berlin; in 2010 she received an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council. Her research interests include optical spectroscopy of low-dimensional materials, in particular resonant Raman spectroscopy and TERS. The main focus is on novel materials like graphene, carbon nanotubes, GaN nanostructures, and transition metal dichalcogenides.

Talk title: "Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy in Carbon and Semiconductor-Based Nanomaterials".


Sébastien Bonhommeau

Université Bordeaux 1, Talence, France
Short CV Sébastien Bonhommeau received his PhD from the University Paul Sabatier (Toulouse III) in 2006. His work focused on the dynamics and photo-induced properties of the molecular spin crossover, with particular emphasis on the spin state characterization using Raman microscopy. From 2006 to 2008, he was hired as a postdoctoral fellow at the synchrotron BESSY II in Berlin where he studied metal-ligand charge transfer effects involving 3d transition metals in systems, such as molecular magnets, metalloporphyrins and hydrated ions. In 2008 he came back to Toulouse as a university teaching and research assistant. In 2009, he finally joined as an assistant professor the Molecular Spectroscopy Group in the University of Bordeaux, where he developed his research activity on Raman spectroscopic investigations of nanomaterials and especially tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. He has currently co-authored 32 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and has given 36 seminars or oral presentations in national and international conferences/workshops.

Talk title: "Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopic Probes: an Overview".


P. James Schuck

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Berkeley, USA.
Short CV Dr. P. James Schuck is currently the Director of the Imaging and Manipulation of Nanostructures Facility at the Molecular Foundry, located at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He earned his B.A. in Physics at UC Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics with Prof. Robert Grober at Yale University. Jim then did his postdoctoral studies at Stanford University with Prof. W. E. Moerner, studying optical nanoantennas and single-molecule spectroscopy. His research currently focuses on nanoscale spectroscopic investigations of condensed matter and bio-related materials.

Talk title: "Nano-Optical Spectroscopic Imaging of Two-Dimensional Transition Metal Dichalcogenides"

The Program

(This is an outline of tentative program. Actual program with more details will come up in due time.)
Time October 28
17:00 - 18:30 Welcome and Registration
Time October 29
08:00 - 08:30 Registration
08:30 - 08:50 Opening Session:
Prabhat Verma:
Opening remarks
Satoshi Kawata:
Welcome notes
8:50 - 10:30 Session 1
Prabhat Verma
08:50 - 09:20 Invited Talk 1:
Richard P. Van Duyne:
"Single Molecule Chemistry at the Nanometer Length Scale and Picosecond Time Scale"
09:20 - 9:50 Invited Talk 2:
H. Kumar Wickramasinghe:
"Photo Induced Force Microscopy – Application to Linear and Non-Linear Spectroscopy"
9:50 - 10:10 Contributed Talk 1:
Alfred J. Meixner:
"Probing TERS Spectra as Function of a Scanning DC Electric Field in a Tunneling Junction"
10:10 - 10:30 Contributed Talk 2:
Erin L. Wood:
"Evaluation of Lithographic Test Structures in Back-Scattering TERS"
10:30 - 10:50 Coffee Break
10:50 - 12:00 Session 2
P. James Schuck
10:50 - 11:20 Invited Talk 3:
Yung Doug Suh:
"Nanogap Enhancement in Raman Scattering"
11:20 - 11:40 Contributed Talk 3:
Naresh Kumar:
"Nanoscale Mapping of Catalytic Activity Using Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS)"
11:40 - 12:00 Contributed Talk 4:
Taka-aki Yano:
"In-Situ TERS Observation of Pressure-Induced Molecular Isomerization"
12:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break & Luncheon Seminar
Lunch packs will be provided
12:10 - 13:30 Session Luncheon
Atsushi Taguchi
12:10 - 12:50 Luncheon 1:
Sung Park (Molecular Vista):
"Photo-Induced Force Microscopy: Nanoscale Imaging with Chemical Recognition"
12:50 - 13:30 Luncheon 2:
Thomas Rodgers (Princeton Instruments):
"Tighter Focusing for Improved SNR in Dispersive Spectrometers"
14:00 - 15:40 Session 3
Ado Jorio
14:00 - 14:30 Invited Talk 4:
Katrin Domke Natalia Martin:
"TERS at Solid/Liquid Interfaces"
14:30 - 14:50 Contributed Talk 5:
Prompong Pienpinijtham:
"Chemically Modified Tip-Enhanced Raman Scattering (TERS) in Solution: Nanoscale Local pH Measurement"
14:50 - 15:10 Contributed Talk 6:
Atsushi Taguchi:
"Grains for Plasmonic Nanoprobe in Tip-Enhanced Raman Microscopy"
15:10 - 15:40 Special Lecture:
Debdulal Roy:
"Realising the Commercial Impact and Innovation Promises of TERS"
15:40 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00 General Discussion:
Lead: Satoshi Kawata
Topic: "Tip and Instrumentation in TERS"
17:00 - 18:15 Poster Session
Held in Room # 702
18:15 - 18:30 Transfer for Dinner
18:30 ~ Conference Dinner
Time October 30
8:30 - 10:10 Session 4
Sébastien Bonhommeau
08:30 - 09:00 Invited Talk 5:
Bin Ren:
"Fifteen Years of Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy – Quo Vadis"
09:00 - 09:30 Invited Talk 6:
P. James Schuck:
"Engineering Nanolight to Reveal Optoelectronic Properties of 2D Materials at Length Scales That Matter"
09:30 - 9:50 Contributed Talk 7:
Ado Jorio:
"Graphene for TERS and TERS for Graphene"
9:50 - 10:10 Contributed Talk 8:
Yukihiro Ozaki:
"Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of Polymer Nanocomposites and Graphene"
10:10 - 10:40 Coffee Break
10:40 - 12:00 Session 5
Debdulal Roy
10:40 - 11:00 Contributed Talk 9:
Yasuaki Kumamoto:
"Deep-UV Plasmonic Materials for TERS and SERS"
11:00 - 11:20 Contributed Talk 10:
Korenobu Matsuzaki:
"Large Spontaneous Emission Enhancement by a Plasmonic Gold Nanocone Antenna"
11:20 - 11:40 Company Talk 1:
Andrey Krayev (AIST-NT):
"Gap Mode TERS Response of Patterned 2-D Carbon"
11:40 - 12:00 Company Talk 2:
Marc Chaigneau (Horiba)
"Single Molecule Sensitivity in Ambient AFM-Based Gap-Mode TERS"
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break
Lunch packs will be provided
13:30 - 15:10 Session 6
Alfred J. Meixner
13:30 - 14:00 Invited Talk 7:
Janina Maultzsch:
"Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy in Carbon and Semiconductor Nanomaterials"
14:00 - 14:30 Invited Talk 8:
Sébastien Bonhommeau:
"Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopic Probes: An Overview"
14:30 - 14:50 Contributed Talk 11:
Jun Ando:
"3D SERS Imaging of Intracellular Pathways with Endocytosed Gold Nanoparticles"
14:50 - 15:10 Contributed Talk 12:
Raul D. Rodriguez:
"Development of Reference Samples and Plasmon Active Tips for TERS Imaging"
15:10 - 15:20 Closing Session
15:20 - 15:40 Coffee Break
15:50 - 16:50 Transfer to Suita Campus
17:00 - 18:00 Lab Visits at Osaka University
18:00 - 19:00 Return Back to Downtown
19:00 ~ Free Time in Downtown

The Venue And The Neighborhood

While the three main campuses of Osaka University are a bit far from the downtown of Osaka city, the Nakanoshima Center is right in the middle of the downtown. This university center provides wonderful facilities for holding meetings and conferences.
A pdf copy of local map can be found here.

Here is a Google Map that shows the Conference Site (red baloon), Subway Stations (blue baloons) and some Hotels in this vicinity (orange baloons):

Note: Due to a known bug, if you do not see the Map below, please first login to your Google account.

Click here to enlarge the map.

Tourist Information

Located on the main island of Honshu, roughly in the center of Japan, Osaka is Japan's second most important city with a population of about 2.5 million serving as a major economic hub in the Kansai region. Throughout the centuries, Osaka has been known as the "water city" because rivers, big and small, flow through the central part of the city, and it is also known as the "nation's kitchen" serving as a center of trade during the Edo period. Today, Osaka is a modern Asian city combining a rich cultural past with a sophisticated high-tech future that provides countless attractions for visitors and residents alike. The following is a recommended list of activities and places of interests for guests of TERS-5.

Nakanoshima Park

The first public park in Osaka created in 1891 located between the Dojima and Tosabori rivers. It is an ideal place from which to appreciate the beauty of the Water City.
Access: 8-min walk from Yodoyabashi station (Google map directions), 21-min walk from conference venue (Google map directions).

The National Museum of Art, Osaka

A modern facility with three floors below ground, the museum stores and displays a wide range of contemporary art.
Access: 5-min walk from conference venue (Google map directions).

Osaka Science Museum

The museum consists of an exhibition space where people can "see, touch and play" and a planetarium where you can learn of the wonders of space and energy.
Access: 5-min walk from conference venue (Google map directions).

Umeda Sky Building "Floating Garden"

Suspended 170 m above the ground and connecting the twin skyscrapers of Shin-Umeda City, the Floating Garden Observatory offers unprecedented views of the city and its surroundings. Below ground is Takimi Shoji Alley, an area of restaurants recreated with a retro feel.
Access: 8-min walk from JR Osaka station, Subway Umeda station and Hankyu Umeda station (Google map directions), 20-min walk from conference venue (Google map directions).

Osaka Castle

The 55 meter-tall castle tower is built on a 260-acre ground including the park. A famous warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who aimed to unify Japan as a nation, founded the castle in 1583. If you are interested in Japanese history, you could see all displays related to Hideyoshi and his battles from first to eighth floor and get a fine view of the city from the observation deck on the top floor.
Access: 18-min walk from Osakajo Koen station (Google map directions).


With its restaurants, eye-catching billboards and trademark crab and blowfish signs, Dotonbori is a lively place that is typical of many areas of Osaka. In addition to the Dotonbori Gokuraku Shotengai, the food and performing arts theme park, there is the Dotonbori Walkway, the Ebisu Tower Ferris wheel, and Yabafo, Japan’s first building-mounted free-fall amusement ride.
Access: short walk from Namba station (Google map directions).

Shitennoji Temple

Shitennoji is one of the oldest temples in Japan and the first ever to be built by the state in 593 by Prince Shotoku.
Access: 9-min walk from Shitennojimae Yuhigaoka station (Google map directions).


At 300 meters, Abeno HARUKAS is Japan's tallest building. It is a commercial complex featuring state-of-the-art offices, department store, the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel, an art museum and a top-floor observatory.
Access: directly above Osaka-Abenobashi station (Google map).

More information about other tourist attractions in Osaka can be found in the official website of Osaka,

If you have time, you may also like to explore Kyoto and Nara. Both these places can be accessed within an hour of train ride from Osaka.

Hotels In The Neighborhood

Nakanoshima center of Osaka University is located in the downtown of Osaka. There are plenty of nice hotels in this locality. One can easily reserve a hotel in "Nakanoshima" or "JR Osaka Station" areas via popular booking sites such as,,,, etc.

Our recommendation, however, is Rihga Royal Hotel, which is located right in front of the Nakanoshima Station of Keihan-Subway Line, and the Conference place is located at only a few minutes walk from the Rihga Royal Hotel.

For more details about the area, please refer to the Google map above in the "Location" section.


(Late Registration finished on October 12, 2015)

Registration Fee* (in Japanese Yen):

  (1 US$ is approximately 125 JPY)
Early Registration Late Registration On-Site Registration**
(Finished) (Finished) (on October 29th)
Regular Participant JPY 25,000 JPY 28,000 JPY 30,000
Students*** JPY 5,000 JPY 5,000 JPY 8,000
Banquet JPY 5,000 JPY 5,000 JPY 6,000

* The registration fee includes lunch packets and coffee breaks.
** Please note that on-site payments are only accepted by credit card or cash in Japanese Yen.
*** Students must present their student ID cards on site.

Cancellation and Refund:
In the unfortunate event of cancellation, the refund of the registration fee will be as follows:

     - 50% refund until October 12th, 2015.
     - NO REFUND after October 12th, 2015.

Visa for Japan

Citizens of most of the countries do not require any Visa for a short visit to Japan.

However, depending upon your nationality, you may need a Visa to attend TERS-5. Please confirm from your nearest Japanese embassy/consulate.

The documents required to apply for a Japanese Visa may also depend on your nationality. If you need any document from us to obtain your Japanese Visa, please contact us immediately by email ( and let us know what kind of documents are required. In order to avoid any possible delay, please do not forget to provide us the postal address of your residence and a copy of the first page of your passport. Please note that the Visa process may take several weeks, it is therefore advised that you start the Visa application process without any delay.

Please also note that conference registration is required before you apply for the Visa.


Prabhat Verma,
Co-Chair, TERS-5
Professor, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan.

Tel.: +81 (0)6 6879 4710
Fax: +81 (0)6 6879 4711


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