Stretchable plasmonic nanostructures constituted by Ag nanoparticles on flexible elastomeric matrices are synthesized and used as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates. The structure consists of silver particles deposited by DC sputtering on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The optical transmittance spectra show marked dips related to plasmonic inter-particle short-range interactions. The substrates show noticeable Raman enhancement allowing detection of R6G at very low concentration. Under mechanically controlled stretching, the interparticle gap sizes change yielding a reversible spectral shift of the plasmonic resonance. Experimental results are validated by 3D modeling. When such a resonance matches the Raman excitation line, pronounced enhancements can be achieved, optimizing the SERS regime. Taking advantage of the PDMS matrices, these tunable SERS-active substrates are integrated in microfluidic circuitry fruitfully exploitable for on-chip label-free detection.
|Titolo:||Metal–elastomer nanostructures for tunable SERS and easy microfluidic integration|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1039/c4ra12168f|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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