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Sensors (Basel). 2018 Nov 21;18(11). pii: E4076. doi: 10.3390/s18114076.

Sensitive and Reproducible Gold SERS Sensor Based on Interference Lithography and Electrophoretic Deposition.

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1
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon 34141, Korea. ssvsjs76@kaist.ac.kr.
2
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon 34141, Korea. myyang@kaist.ac.kr.

Abstract

Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is a promising analytical tool due to its label-free detection ability and superior sensitivity, which enable the detection of single molecules. Since its sensitivity is highly dependent on localized surface plasmon resonance, various methods have been applied for electric field-enhanced metal nanostructures. Despite the intensive research on practical applications of SERS, fabricating a sensitive and reproducible SERS sensor using a simple and low-cost process remains a challenge. Here, we report a simple strategy to produce a large-scale gold nanoparticle array based on laser interference lithography and the electrophoretic deposition of gold nanoparticles, generated through a pulsed laser ablation in liquid process. The fabricated gold nanoparticle array produced a sensitive, reproducible SERS signal, which allowed Rhodamine 6G to be detected at a concentration as low as 10-8 M, with an enhancement factor of 1.25 × 10⁵. This advantageous fabrication strategy is expected to enable practical SERS applications.

KEYWORDS:

electrophoretic deposition; gold nanoparticle array; laser interference lithography; pulsed laser ablation in liquid; surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy

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