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In situ controlled growth of well-dispersed gold nanoparticles in TiO2nanotube arrays as recyclable substrates for surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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Abstract

In this paper, well-aligned Au-decorated TiO2 nanotube arrays with high surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) enhancement were prepared using a facile in situreduction and controlled growth approach. The gold nanoparticles are well-dispersed and assembled on the mouth surface and the inside of the TiO2 nanotubes without clogging. The structure and optical properties of the Au-decorated TiO2 nanotube arrays have been characterized. The Au-decorated TiO2 nanotube arrays were employed as SERS-active substrates, which exhibit good performance due to long-range coupling between Au nanoparticles, and TiO2-assisted enhanced charge-transfer from Au to Rh6G. The SERS activity of the substrates strongly depends on the crystallite size and level of aggregation. The substrates display significant fluorescence quenching ability and uniform SERS responses throughout the whole surface area. Particularly, good recyclability is shown. The photocatalytic property of Au-decorated TiO2 nanotube array was exploited to recycle the substrate through UV light photocatalytic purification. The experimental results showed that the substrate is featured by high reproducibility and can be used as a highly efficient SERS substrate for multiple detection of different chemical and biological molecules.

Graphical abstract: In situ controlled growth of well-dispersed gold nanoparticles in TiO2 nanotube arrays as recyclable substrates for surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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The article was received on 16 Aug 2011, accepted on 13 Oct 2011 and first published on 14 Nov 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1DT11540E
Dalton Trans., 2012,41, 1020-1026

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    In situ controlled growth of well-dispersed gold nanoparticles in TiO2 nanotube arrays as recyclable substrates for surface-enhanced Raman scattering

    Y. Chen, G. Tian, K. Pan, C. Tian, J. Zhou, W. Zhou, Z. Ren and H. Fu, Dalton Trans., 2012, 41, 1020
    DOI: 10.1039/C1DT11540E

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