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Plasma Reduction of Silver Compounds for Fabrication of Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Substrates

Volume 62, Number 7 (July 2008) Page 721-726

Kinnan, Mark K.; Kumbhar, Amar; Chumanov, George

Several silver compounds were reduced by low-pressure air plasma to produce porous nanostructured surfaces as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates. This method is advantageous because substrates are easy to prepare and the silver metal surface is inherently clean without spectroscopic background. Silver compounds were melted into 1-2 mm slugs on quartz slides and plasma treated for different lengths of time. Silver chloride was found to be the best compound to make reproducible and stable SERS substrates. SERS activity of the substrates was tested using L-tryptophan, 4-mercaptobenzoic acid, and adenine.