Volume 88 Issue 5 | p. 30 | Concentrates
Issue Date: February 1, 2010

Foil And Tape Serve Raman

Pastelike silver dendrites generated on aluminum foil and transferred to Scotch tape serves as a substrate for SERS
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: JACS In C&EN, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: dendrites, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy

A simple method that generates a forest of silver dendrites on aluminum foil turns out to be ideal for creating material to use as a substrate in surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, or SERS (J. Am. Chem. Soc., DOI: 10.1021/ja909806t). Since the 1970s, scientists have used metal surfaces to amplify the normally weak signals generated during Raman spectroscopy. Although the mechanism . . .

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