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Nano Lett. 2005 Jan;5(1):5-9.

High-density silver nanoparticle film with temperature-controllable interparticle spacing for a tunable surface enhanced Raman scattering substrate.

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Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center, Department of Bioengineering, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720, USA.


The formation of high-density silver nanoparticles and a novel method to precisely control the spacing between nanoparticles by temperature are demonstrated for a tunable surface enhanced Raman scattering substrates. The high-density nanoparticle thin film is accomplished by self-assembling through the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique on a water surface and transferring the particle monolayer to a temperature-responsive polymer membrane. The temperature-responsive polymer membrane allows producing a dynamic surface enhanced Raman scattering substrate. The plasmon peak of the silver nanoparticle film red shifts up to 110 nm with increasing temperature. The high-density particle film serves as an excellent substrate for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), and the scattering signal enhancement factor can be dynamically tuned by the thermally activated SERS substrate. The SERS spectra of Rhodamine 6G on a high-density silver particle film at various temperatures is characterized to demonstrate the tunable plasmon coupling between high-density nanoparticles.

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