Flower-like Ag coated with molecularly imprinted polymers as a surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrate for the sensitive and selective detection of glibenclamide†
Flower-like Ag was formed by nanosheet self-assembly as a SERS-active substrate and was utilized for the preparation of flower-like Ag@molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) as a surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) sensor. Based on the combination of the molecular imprinting technique and SERS technology, the flower-like Ag@MIPs with high sensitivity and excellent selectivity were used as SERS substrates for the detection of glibenclamide. The imprinted layer could effectively protect the flower-like Ag from oxidation and thereby may improve the stability of the SERS substrate. The intensities of the characteristic peaks obtained for the flower-like Ag@MIPs were higher than that of flower-like Ag. By applying the flower-like Ag@MIPs as an efficient and ultra-sensitive SERS platform, glibenclamide was quantitatively detected in trace concentrations as low as 1 ng mL−1. Furthermore, the SERS enhancement for the flower-like Ag@MIPs was due to the synergetic effect between electromagnetic enhancement and chemical enhancement. We believe that this reliable method can open up new opportunities for practical chemosensor or biosensor applications.