Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering and Infrared Absorption with Plasmonic Ag-SiO2Nanocomposite Films for High-Sensitivity Analyte Sensing

Afra S. Alketbi, Aikifa Raza, Jin You Lu, Tiejun Zhang

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Abstract

Because of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR), molecules adsorbed at the surfaces of the metallic nanostructures exhibit a strongly enhanced electric field. The enhanced field around the nanoscale morphology amplifies the Raman scattering signal and excites the local field across the infrared (IR) vibrational modes, enabling high-sensitivity chemical and biological sensing. Herein, we achieve strong enhancement in surface-enhanced Raman and IR absorption (SERS and SEIRA) spectroscopies with scalable nanocomposite substrates, consisting of ultrathin nanoscale plasmonic Ag-SiO2 films fabricated by cosputtering. The plasmonic hotspots of a 25-nm-thick nanocomposite film successfully amplify the SERS and SEIRA signals of methylene blue with ultralow detection of 10-10 M in the SERS mode. The LSPRs of topping silver particles and near-field plasmonic coupling among the neighboring granular silver nanoparticles and topping particle make a combinatorial impact and lead to signal enhancement, with a predicted factor of up to 109 orders of magnitude for Raman scattering and 102 under the IR vibrational modes. These simple nanocomposite films with a high density of plasmonic hotspots are highly suitable as sensors-on-a-chip for label-free chemical and biomolecular identification with outstanding performance.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)10867-10877
Number of pages11
JournalACS Applied Nano Materials
Volume5
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 26 Aug 2022

Keywords

  • localized surface plasmon resonance
  • metal nanoparticles
  • near-field coupling
  • SEIRA
  • SERS
  • ultrathin nanocomposite film

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