Surface-enhanced Raman scattering on nanoporous Au

S. O. Kucheyev, J. R. Hayes, J. Biener, Thomas R Huser, C. E. Talley, A. V. Hamza

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Colloidal solutions of metal nanoparticles are currently among the most studied substrates for sensors based on surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). However, such substrates often suffer from not being cost-effective, reusable, or stable. Here, we develop nanoporous Au as a highly active, tunable, stable, biocompatible, and reusable SERS substrate. Nanoporous Au is prepared by a facile process of free corrosion of AgAu alloys followed by annealing. Results show that nanofoams with average pore widths of ∼250 nm exhibit the largest SERS signal for 632.8 nm excitation. This is attributed to the electromagnetic SERS enhancement mechanism with additional field localization within pores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number053102
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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