Microbes can generate a lot of data. Especially 3D data is beautiful and essential to understand. We will give enzyme analysis a try. Next, spectroscopy is a great tool for monitoring the growth and production in your bioreactor. We will make our own light source and detector setup. The class is about other analytical techniques too.



This week we will build a spectrometer. We have created 2 spectrometer designs, you may choose which design to build. The Webcam based device is the simplest.

Webcam-based spectrometer

For fast and easy graphical analysis.

Webcam Spectrophotometer

Photodiode array-based photospectrometer

This is a more precise analytical instrument. Why not hack it into a flow cell spectrometer?


Bill of Materials

In order to take part in this class you will need the following materials:

Additional reading and hacking

Feeling lazy?

Go ahead and buy a spectrometer:

  • Second hand photospectrometers at LabX

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