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Green method to fabricate porous microspheres for ultrasensitive SERS detection using UV light

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Abstract

A green method was developed to fabricate a novel porous polymer microsphere with SERS activity, which can be used for ultrasensitive detection because of its preconcentration function. Ultraviolet irradiation as “green” reduction was successfully achieved through several complex processes, namely, monomer solidification, hydrogen peroxide photolysis, and silver nanoparticle fabrication, in only one step. During the solidification process, H2O and O2, which are originally from H2O2 reduction, escaped from the emulsion templates, resulting in various interconnected micro-/nano-channels. The mean pore size of the prepared porous microspheres was 4 μm, and the specific surface area can reach 31 m2 g−1. The silver nanoparticles produced in the reduction process of silver nitrate were deposited on the porous surface of the microsphere and contributed to stable SERS activity with a SERS enhancement factor of up to 3.8 × 106 and a low detection limit of 10−13 M level for rhodamine 6G. This green method provides highly sensitive and uniform SERS substrates and ensures the stability and reliability of our “SERS substrate”.

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The article was received on 13 Jul 2016, accepted on 11 Oct 2016 and first published on 12 Oct 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6RA17820K
Citation: RSC Adv., 2016,6, 100519-100525
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    Green method to fabricate porous microspheres for ultrasensitive SERS detection using UV light

    F. Wang, Y. Qiu, B. Wang, H. Wang and Y. Long, RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 100519
    DOI: 10.1039/C6RA17820K

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