This is a research project led by Wilfred Doré (R&D Engineer) with the support of Norbert Freundlich (QA Engineer) from Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center (, France. Norbert is our speaker in the video.


Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is the gold standard for virus detection. This chemical process amplifies the virus genetic material. It is slow and expensive as it requires reagent.

Spectroscopy, the study of interaction between light and matter is the solution we propose to explore for rapid and non-invasive virus detection at low cost.

The Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) measures light frequencies shift due to the presence of a chemical component. SERS is able to detect matter at a molecular level thanks to the adjunction of disposable metal nanoparticles.

What it does

Diagnose the coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2) at early stage from saliva. Help people, countries and governments for (de)containment. Protect people at higher risk.

Challenges we ran into

Understand matter at nanoscale

Accomplishments that we are proud of

  • Research report attached for the jury
  • Simulation of a simple molecule's Raman Spectra
  • Simulation of a SARS-Cov-2 protein's compound Raman Spectra
  • Ideas on how to simulate SARS-Cov-2 protein's Raman Spectra with HPC
  • Simulation of a SARS-Cov-2 protein's Mass Spectra

What we learned

(Quantum) Physics-Chemistry, Biology, Optics Engineering, Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies

What's next for Samsung Research for SARS-CoV-2 detection with spectroscopy

Implementation of the idea

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