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Localized surface plasmon resonance sensors based on wavelength-tunable spectral dips

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Abstract

Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) sensors serve as sensitive analytical tools based on refractive index changes, which can be applied to affinity-based chemical sensing and biosensing. However, to select the monitoring wavelength, monodisperse Au or Ag nanoparticles must be synthesized. Here we developed LSPR sensors that operate at arbitrary wavelengths after preirradiation at the corresponding wavelength. Polydisperse plasmonic Ag nanospheroids or nanorods are photocatalytically deposited on TiO2. The nanoparticle ensemble shows a broad absorption band over the visible and near infrared regions, and absorption dips can be formed at desired wavelengths simply by photoexciting the ensemble at the wavelengths, on the basis of plasmon-induced charge separation. The dips redshift linearly in response to a positive change of refractive index, and the refractive index sensitivity linearly increases with increasing dip wavelength (e.g., 356 nm RIU−1 at 1832 nm). The dip-based sensor is applied to monitoring of selective binding between biotin and streptavidin. The present system would allow development of miniaturized and cost-effective sensors that operate at the optimum wavelength at which the sensitivity is highest within the optical window of the sample.

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The article was received on 02 Nov 2013, accepted on 05 Dec 2013 and first published on 12 Dec 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3NR05846H
Citation: Nanoscale, 2014,6, 2397-2405
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    Localized surface plasmon resonance sensors based on wavelength-tunable spectral dips

    E. Kazuma and T. Tatsuma, Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 2397
    DOI: 10.1039/C3NR05846H

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