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The use of aligned silver nanorod Arrays prepared by oblique angle deposition as surface enhanced Raman scattering substrates

Driskell, Jeremy D. and Shanmukh, Saratchandra and Liu, Yongjun and Chaney, Stephen B. and Tang, X. -J. and Zhao, Y. -P. and Dluhy, Richard A. (2008) The use of aligned silver nanorod Arrays prepared by oblique angle deposition as surface enhanced Raman scattering substrates. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 112 (4). pp. 895-901.

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Official URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/jp075288u

Abstract

Aligned Ag nanorod arrays have been fabricated on glass substrates using an oblique angle vapor deposition (OAD) method. The surface morphology and structure of the Ag rods were studied by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. Individual nanorods were found to be primarily cylindrical, albeit with irregularly shaped surface protrusions of the rods. The surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) response as a function of nanorod length was investigated using trans-1,2-bis(4-pyridyl)ethene as a probe molecule at an excitation wavelength of 785 nm. The enhancement factors reached a maximum of similar to 5 x 10(8) as the nanorod length approached 868 nm and then decreased to similar to 3 x 10(6) as the nanorod length increased further to 1900 nm. For the 868 nm nanorod array, signals collected over multiple spots within the same substrate resulted in a relative standard deviation (RSD) of 10%, while an RSD of 15% was measured in signals collected from different substrates. When stored in a food vacuum bag, the substrates are stable with respect to SERS intensity for greater than 2 months. This study demonstrates that the OAD Ag nanorod arrays are highly sensitive, uniform, and stable SERS substrates that are suitable for a variety of surface chemical analysis applications.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:silver - nanorod - array - morphology - microscopy
Subjects:Material Science > Functional and hybrid materials
Analytical Science > Microscopy and probe methods
ID Code:5866
Deposited By:IoN
Deposited On:02 Sep 2009 12:22
Last Modified:02 Sep 2009 12:22

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