- To validate SERS in a forensic context, and show the conditions under which Raman spectroscopy and especially SERS contribute to the value of forensic science.
- To compare both SERS and normal Raman spectra, and to explore the conditions in which each may be of value.
- To validate certain specialized SERS techniques
- To provide useful protocols for use of field workers
- To provide a searchable database for rapid and reliable field use.