Investigation of drug distribution in tablets using surface enhanced Raman chemical imaging

Tamás Firkala, Attila Farkas, Balázs Vajna, István Farkas, György Marosi

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

29 Citations (Scopus)


This paper reports the first application of surface enhanced Raman chemical imaging on pharmaceutical tablets containing the active ingredient (API) in very low concentrations. Taking advantage of the extremely intensive Raman signals in the presence of silver colloids, image aquisition time was radically decreased. Moreover, the investigation of drug distribution below the detection limit of regular micro-Raman spectrometry was made feasible. The characteristics of different manufacturing technologies could be revealed at very low API concentrations by using chemometric methods for processing and evaluating the large number of varying spectra provided with this imaging method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-151
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Publication statusPublished - Mar 5 2013


  • Chemometrics
  • Multivariate curve resolution
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Raman chemical imaging
  • Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Spectroscopy
  • Clinical Biochemistry

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Investigation of drug distribution in tablets using surface enhanced Raman chemical imaging'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this