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Controllable Preparation of SERS-Active Ag-FeS Substrates by a Cosputtering Technique

Key Laboratory of Preparation and Applications of Environmental Friendly Materials, Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Jilin Normal University, Changchun 130103, China
Key Laboratory of Functional Materials Physics and Chemistry, Ministry of Education, College of Physics, Jilin Normal University, Changchun 130103, China
Department of Chemistry, Institute for Molecular Science and Fusion Technology, Kangwon National University, Chunchon 24341, Korea
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Academic Editor: Keith C. Gordon
Molecules 2019, 24(3), 551;
Received: 10 December 2018 / Revised: 26 January 2019 / Accepted: 29 January 2019 / Published: 2 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Raman Spectroscopy: A Spectroscopic 'Swiss-Army Knife')
In this work, we introduced an ordered metal-semiconductor molecular system and studied the resulting surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) effect. Ag-FeS nanocaps with sputtered films of different thicknesses were obtained by changing the sputtering power of FeS while the sputtering power of Ag and the deposition time remained constant. When metallic Ag and the semiconductor FeS are cosputtered, the Ag film separates into Ag islands partially covered by FeS and strong coupling occurs among the Ag islands isolated by FeS, which contributes to the SERS phenomenon. We also investigated the SERS enhancement mechanism by decorating the nanocap arrays produced with different FeS sputtering powers with methylene blue (MB) probe molecules. As the FeS sputtering power increased, the SERS signal first increased and then decreased. The experimental results show that the SERS enhancement can mainly be attributed to the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of the Ag nanoparticles. The coupling between FeS and Ag and the SPR displacement of Ag vary with different sputtering powers, resulting in changes in the intensity of the SERS spectra. These results demonstrate the high sensitivity of SERS substrates consisting of Ag-FeS nanocap arrays. View Full-Text
Keywords: PSCP templates; cosputtering; SERS; SPR PSCP templates; cosputtering; SERS; SPR
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Ma, N.; Zhang, X.-Y.; Fan, W.; Han, B.; Jin, S.; Park, Y.; Chen, L.; Zhang, Y.; Liu, Y.; Yang, J.; Jung, Y.M. Controllable Preparation of SERS-Active Ag-FeS Substrates by a Cosputtering Technique. Molecules 2019, 24, 551.

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