Individually Silica-Embedded Gold Nanorod Superlattice for High Thermal and Solvent Stability and Recyclable SERS Application

Sung Hwan Lim, Min Jae Lee, Shin Hyun Kang, Jahar Dey, Aminah Umar, Sang Jo Lee, Sung Min Choi

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Abstract

A facile method to fabricate 2D hexagonal monolayer superlattices of gold nanorods (GNRs) individually embedded in silica matrix on a substrate is developed. In this method, the cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) bilayer-coated GNRs are self-assembled into a hexagonally packed monolayer superlattice on the substrate by slow evaporation in the presence of silica precursors in the solution at a highly acidic condition. The GNR superlattices fabricated by this method show excellent structural stability at high temperature as high as 500 °C and in solvents of a wide range of polarities including water, ethanol, toluene, and cyclohexane. The structural stability makes the GNR superlattices highly reusable surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-active substrates for sensitive molecular detection, well-maintaining the SERS intensity over 10 cycles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1900986
JournalAdvanced Materials Interfaces
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • gold nanorod
  • recyclable SERS-active substrate
  • self-assembled superlattice
  • silica matrix
  • thermal stability

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