Surface-enhanced Raman scattering-based molecular encoding with gold nanostars for anticounterfeiting applications†
Recently, surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) joined other optical methods in making novel anticounterfeiting materials due to the fact that abundant molecular fingerprints in Raman spectra can be less susceptible to fraud. Using these molecular features, it is critical to make novel nanostructures with increased SERS enhancement and stability. Herein, we synthesized star-shaped gold nanoparticles as SERS substrates and applied various Raman probes with these gold nanostars to make SERS tags. The encoded molecular information was successfully decoded using principal component analysis (PCA). These colloidal tags can be further stabilized when embedded in a polymer matrix. We made a prototype ballpoint pen that can do simple writing with these secret SERS inks.
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