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Hierarchical electrohydrodynamic structures for surface-enhanced Raman scattering.

Goldberg-Oppenheimer, P and Mahajan, S and Steiner, U (2012) Hierarchical electrohydrodynamic structures for surface-enhanced Raman scattering. Adv Mater, 24. OP175-OP174.

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Abstract

Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is a well-established spectroscopic technique that requires nanoscale metal structures to achieve high signal sensitivity. While most SERS substrates are manufactured by conventional lithographic methods, the development of a cost-effective approach to create nanostructured surfaces is a much sought-after goal in the SERS community. Here, a method is established to create controlled, self-organized, hierarchical nanostructures using electrohydrodynamic (HEHD) instabilities. The created structures are readily fine-tuned, which is an important requirement for optimizing SERS to obtain the highest enhancements. HEHD pattern formation enables the fabrication of multiscale 3D structured arrays as SERS-active platforms. Importantly, each of the HEHD-patterned individual structural units yield a considerable SERS enhancement. This enables each single unit to function as an isolated sensor. Each of the formed structures can be effectively tuned and tailored to provide high SERS enhancement, while arising from different HEHD morphologies. The HEHD fabrication of sub-micrometer architectures is straightforward and robust, providing an elegant route for high-throughput biological and chemical sensing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electrodes Nanostructures Polymers Silicon Spectrum Analysis, Raman
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div B > Solid State Electronics and Nanoscale Science
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:25
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 01:11
DOI: 10.1002/adma.201104159

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