Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), although popular in research, has not yet been adopted in industrial applications. This is largely due to the challenge of manufacturing cost-effective, reproducible SERS substrates in volume that can be read by a compact reader for practical deployment in the field. Here we demonstrate and characterize a new dual-nanostructured SERS substrate approach that could be amenable to large-scale production. This dual-nanostructured surface combines long-range ordering of silver nanowires (AgNWs) with dense non-ordered decoration via silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) to improve on the SERS response characteristics of the individual structures, using fabrication methods that could be scaled for deposition via roll-to-roll Mayer rod coating. Characterization of the substrates' SERS response using 638 nm Raman spectroscopy and ATP as the reporter molecule found the dual-nanostructured SERS substrate to offer both greater spatial uniformity and a consistently higher SERS enhancement factor (EF) than the nanowires alone.
Original Publication Citation
Castro, K. B., Rathmell, C., & Cooper, J. (2021). A dual nanostructured approach to SERS substrates amenable to large-scale production. Spectroscopy, 36 (Suppl. 6) 24-37.
Castro, Kory Brian; Rathmell, Cicely; and Cooper, John, "A Dual Nanostructured Approach to SERS Substrates Amenable to Large-Scale Production" (2021). Chemistry & Biochemistry Faculty Publications. 226.