Nanosphere arrays with controlled sub-10-nm gaps as surface-enhanced raman spectroscopy substrates

Hui Wang, Carly S Levin, Naomi J. Halas

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Abstract

We demonstrate a convenient and cost-effective chemical approach for fabricating highly ordered Au nanoparticle arrays with sub-10-nm interparticle gaps. Near-field enhancements inside the interparticle gaps create uniform periodic arrays of well-defined "hot spots" exploitable for large surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) enhancements. A cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) bilayer surrounding each individual nanoparticle upon array crystallization is responsible for this periodic gap structure; displacement of the CTAB by smaller thiolated molecules does not affect the structural integrity of the arrays. As SERS substrates, the as-fabricated Au nanoparticle arrays exhibit high SERS sensitivity, long-term stability, and consistent reproducibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14992-3
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume127
Issue number43
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2 2005

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