SERS spectroscopic evidence for the integrity of surface-deposited self-assembled coordination cages
A series of self-assembled coordination cages [Pd4Ln8] based on a phenothiazine backbone has been investigated by means of Raman spectroscopy in solution and by Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) on a nanostructured Au surface. The experiments demonstrate that the cages can be clearly distinguished from their constituting ligands by their Raman spectroscopic signatures. Furthermore, the structural integrity of the interpenetrated coordination cages upon deposition on the Au surface was demonstrated for the first time. The signal assignment of the experimental vibrational spectra was supported by Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations on suitable molecular models.