Interaction potential surface between Raman scattering enhancing nanoparticles conjugated with a functional copolymer
A novel Raman scattering enhancement was discovered using colloid nanoparticles conjugated with an amine-based copolymer. The interaction potential surface between Raman scattering enhancing nanoparticles was clarified by combining a small-angle scattering method and a model-potential-free liquid-state theory as an in situ observation under solution state. The potential surface indicates that the most stable position is located around 0.9 nm from the particle surface, suggesting the existence of a nanogap structure between the nanocomposites. The change in Raman scattering enhancement was also acquired during the dispersion process of the aggregated nanocomposites through a glutathione-triggered nanosensing reaction.