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Gold nanoparticle SERS substrates sustainable at extremely high temperatures

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Abstract

We report a technology for supporting gold nanoparticles (GNPS) with preserved SERS activity in substrates capable of sustaining temperatures as high as the melting point of gold. The material processing involved dispersion of citrate-capped GNPS in colloidal pseudoboehmite. The suspension was dried at 100 °C followed by annealing in air at temperatures of up to 1000 °C. Thus prepared substrates crystallized in γ-Al2O3 or θ-Al2O3 phases depending on the annealing temperature. XRD, TEM, and Raman spectroscopy characterizations show that GNPS remain nano-crystalline with preserved SERS activity and no apparent changes in size or shape after being treated at high temperatures. These results were also corroborated by the substrate UV-Vis absorption spectra. The SERS enhancement factor for Rhodamine 6G remained stable across the samples and showed no dependence on exposure to harsh environments.

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The article was received on 01 Feb 2017, accepted on 03 May 2017 and first published on 03 May 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC00527J
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017,5, 4959-4966
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    Gold nanoparticle SERS substrates sustainable at extremely high temperatures

    F. D. Cortes Vega, P. G. Martinez Torres, J. Pichardo Molina, N. M. Gomez Ortiz, V. G. Hadjiev, J. Zarate Medina and F. C. Robles Hernandez, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, 5, 4959
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TC00527J

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