Virginia Merk

Virginia Merk Department of Chemistry
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Brook-Taylor-Str. 2, room 3‘308
12489 Berlin-Adlershof
Phone +49 30 20 93 71 33


Since 09/2013 Research Fellow
Chemistry Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
09/2012 - 08/2013 Research Fellow
Science Institute, University of Iceland, Reykjavik
06/2008 - 06/2012 PhD Student
Chemistry Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

PhD Dissertation work: „Nanoparticles on Surfaces – Characterization and Application in Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering“
2008 Diplom
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Diploma Thesis: “Preparation and Characterization of SERS Substrates for Bioanalytical Applications”)
2003 - 2008 Studies in Chemistry
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin



  • Zhang, Z.; Merk, V.; Hermanns, A.; Unger, W.E.S.; Kneipp, J., The role of metal cations in plasmon-catalyzed oxidation: a case study of p-aminothiophenol dimerization. ACS Catal., 2017, 7 (11), 7803–7809 Abstract
  • Heck, Ch.; Prinz, J.; Dathe, A.; Merk, V.; Stranik, O.; Fritzsche, W.; Kneipp, J.; Bald, I., Gold Nanolenses Self-Assembled by DNA Origami. ACS Photonics 2017,
    DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.6b00946 Abstract
  • Büchner, T.; Drescher, D.; Merk, V.; Traub, H.; Guttmann P.; Werner S.; Jakubowski, N.; Schneider G., Kneipp, J., Biomolecular environment, quantification, and intracellular interaction of multifunctional magnetic SERS nanoprobes. Analyst 2016, 141 (17), 5096-5106 Abstract
  • López-López, M.; Merk, V.; García-Ruiz, C.; Kneipp, J., Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy for the analysis of smokeless gunpowders and macroscopic gunshot residues. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry 2016, 408 (18), 4965–4973 Abstract
  • Prinz, J.; Heck, C.; Ellerik, L.; Merk, V.; Bald, I., DNA origami based Au–Ag-core–shell nanoparticle dimers with single-molecule SERS sensitivity. Nanoscale 2016, 8, 5612-5620 Abstract
  • Seifert, S.; Merk, V.; Kneipp, J., Identification of aqueous pollen extracts using surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and pattern recognition methods. Journal of Biophotonics 2015, 9 (1-2), 181-189 Abstract
  • Merk, V.; Nerz, A.; Fredrich, S.; Gernert, U.; Selve, S.; Kneipp, J., Optical properties of silver nanocube surfaces obtained by silane immobilization Nanospectroscopy 2015, 1, 19–25 Abstract
  • Lasogga, L.; Bricks, J.; Merk, V.; Kneipp, J.; Rettig, W., Electric field effects on donor–acceptor dyes: A model compound study using UV/vis absorption and Raman spectroscopy. Chemical Physics Letters  2014, 592, 1-6 Abstract
  • Merk, V.; Kneipp, J.; Leosson, K., Gap Size Reduction and Increased SERS Enhancement in Lithographically Patterned Nanoparticle Arrays by Templated Growth. Adv. Opt. Mater. 2013, 1, 313-318 (Frontiespiece 04/2013, featured in Materials Views)
  • Kadkhodazadeh, S.; Wagner, J.B.; Joseph, V., Kneipp, J.; Kneipp, H.; Kneipp, K., Electron energy loss - and one- and two-photon excited SERS probing of "hot" plasmonic silver nanoaggregates. Plasmonics 2013, 8, 763-767
  • Joseph, V.; Engelbrekt, C.; Zhang, J.; Gernert, U.; Ulstrup, J.; Kneipp, J., Charakterisierung Nanopartikel-katalysierter Reaktionen durch oberflächenverstärkte Raman-Streuung. Angew. Chem. 2012, 124, 7712-7716
  • Joseph, V.; Engelbrekt, C.; Zhang, J.; Gernert, U.; Ulstrup, J.; Kneipp, J., Catalytically active and plasmonic mix-and-match nanoparticle surfaces for in situ determination of reaction kinetics by SERS. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 7592-7596 (Backcover 30/2012)
  • Joseph, V; Gensler, M; Seifert, S.; Gernert, U.; Rabe, J.P.; Kneipp, J., Nanoscopic Properties and Application of Mix-and-Match Plasmonic Surfaces for Microscopic SERS.J. Phys. Chem. C 2012, 116, 6859 - 6865
  • Joseph, V.; Schulte, F.; Rooch, H.; Feldmann, I.; Dörfel, I.; Österle, W.; Panne, U.; Kneipp, J., Surface-enhanced Raman scattering with silver nanostructures generated in situ in a sporopollenin biopolymer matrix. Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 3236 3238.
  • Joseph, V.; Matschulat, A.; Polte, J.; Rolf, S.; Emmerling, F.; Kneipp, J., SERS enhancement of gold nanospheres of defined size. J. Raman Spec. 2011, 42, 1736 1742
  • Simo, A.; Joseph, V.; Fenger, R.; Kneipp, J.; Rademann, K., Long-Term Stable Silver Subsurface Ion-Exchanged Glasses for SERS Applications. ChemPhysChem 2011, 12, 1683 1688 (Cover 09/2011)


  • Schulte, F.; Joseph, V.; Panne, U.; Kneipp, J., Applications of Raman and Surface-enhanced Raman scattering to the analysis of eukaryotic samples. In: Matousek, P.; Morris, M. D. (eds.), Emerging Raman Applications and Techniques in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Fields, Springer, Heidelberg, Berlin, 2010.


  • Joseph, V.; Kneipp, J., Surface-enhanced Raman scattering for bioanalytical chemistry, Analytica, München, Germany, 2010
  • Joseph, V.; Kneipp, J., Development and characterisation of new planar SERS sensors for detection of catalytic activity and other applications. Molecular Plasmonics, Jena, Germany, 2011
  • Joseph, V.; Kneipp, J., Development and characterisation of new planar SERS sensors for detection of catalytic activity and other applications. Spectroscopy, Rostock, Germany, 2011
  • Merk, V.; Leosson; K. Templated growth of lithographically patterned nanoparticle arrays for enhanced optical processes. 11th Mediterranean Workshop and Topical Meeting "Novel Optical Materials and Applications", Cetraro, Italy, 2013
  • Merk, V.; Leosson, K. Templated growth of gold nanostructures for SERS, Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium, Stockholm, Sweden, 2013