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Title: Synthesis of silver particles on copper substrates using ethanol-based solution for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

The displacement reaction of AgNO{sub 3} and copper metal is an effective and economical way to fabricate Ag-Cu surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates. Aqueous solutions of AgNO{sub 3} are usually used for substrate preparation. In this work, a new method for Ag-Cu SERS substrate preparation is proposed, which uses an ethanol solution rather than an aqueous AgNO{sub 3} solution. Analysis of the surface morphologies of sample substrates by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) showed that the silver nanoparticles prepared by this new method were more regular than those prepared in the traditional aqueous solution. The SERS spectra of Rhodamine 6G (R6G) adsorbed on these Ag-Cu substrates were then investigated and compared. It was found that the Ag-Cu substrates prepared by this method provide significant improvements in Raman signal sensitivity and large-area uniformity. The enhancement factor of this new substrate is about 330 times higher than that prepared using an aqueous AgNO{sub 3} solution under identical experimental conditions. It was also found that 70% of the original sensitivity of the substrate remains after 15 days of exposure to air.
Authors:
; ; ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Defense Key Disciplines Lab of Novel Micro-nano Devices and System Technology, and Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Technology and Systems, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China)
  2. (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22250887
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Advances; Journal Volume: 4; Journal Issue: 3; Other Information: (c) 2014 Author(s); Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS; COPPER; ETHANOL; FIELD EMISSION; NANOSTRUCTURES; RAMAN EFFECT; RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; SENSITIVITY; SILVER; SILVER NITRATES; SPECTRA; SUBSTRATES; SURFACES; SYNTHESIS