A Novel Method for Fabricating the Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Substrates and Its Enhanced Properties
Abstract:We have got large area surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates with uniform high enhancement factors by the so-called moulage method for the first time. A silver film (99.99%) with several millimeters thickness was thermally evaporated on the porous anodic alumina templates and the SERS substrate was got after moving off the templates. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering spectra of pyridine (0.01 Mol/L) were measured under 632.8 nm excitation. The experimental enhancement factors were more than 105 and S/N(p–p) around 100 was obtained. We have compared the SERS spectra of pyridine collected from different locations on the same SERS substrate and different substrates, which illustrate the well uniform enhance properties and the reproducibility of this method, respectively. The comparison of the SERS spectra, obtained from the SERS substrates and Ag film evaporated directly on glass slide, have proved that the electromagnetic coupling between two adjacent nanoparticles was important to the SERS effect. We also used rhodamine 6G as the probe molecules and found that the different molecules were very sensitive to the morphology of the SERS substrates.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2010-11-01
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