Supported ultra-thin alumina membranes with graphene as efficient interference enhanced raman scattering platforms for sensing



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Aguilar Pujol, Montserrat X. and Ramírez Jiménez, Rafael and Xifre Pérez, Elisabet and Cortijo Campos, Sandra and Bartolomé Vílchez, Javier and Marsal, Lluís F. and Andrés, Alicia de (2020) Supported ultra-thin alumina membranes with graphene as efficient interference enhanced raman scattering platforms for sensing. Nanomaterials, 10 (5). ISSN 2079-4991

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The detection of Raman signals from diluted molecules or biomaterials in complex media is still a challenge. Besides the widely studied Raman enhancement by nanoparticle plasmons, interference mechanisms provide an interesting option. A novel approach for amplification platforms based on supported thin alumina membranes was designed and fabricated to optimize the interference processes. The dielectric layer is the extremely thin alumina membrane itself and, its metallic aluminum support, the reflecting medium. A CVD (chemical vapor deposition) single-layer graphene is transferred on the membrane to serve as substrate to deposit the analyte. Experimental results and simulations of the interference processes were employed to determine the relevant parameters of the structure to optimize the Raman enhancement factor (E.F.). Highly homogeneous E.F. over the platform surface are obtained, typically 370 +/- (5%), for membranes with similar to 100 nm pore depth, similar to 18 nm pore diameter and the complete elimination of the Al2O3 bottom barrier layer. The combined surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and interference amplification is also demonstrated by depositing ultra-small silver nanoparticles. This new approach to amplify the Raman signal of analytes is easily obtained, low-cost and robust with useful enhancement factors (similar to 400) and allows only interference or combined enhancement mechanisms, depending on the analyte requirements.

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©2020 MDPI
The research leading to these results has received funding from Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovacion y Universidades (RTI2018-096918-B-C41) and RTI2018-094040-B-I00) and by the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR) 2017-SGR-1527. S.C. acknowledges the grant BES-2016-076440 from MINECO.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Surface; Sers; Interference; Enhanced raman scattering; Alumina membrane; Graphene; Nanoparticles; Optical simulations; AFM; SEM
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Materials
Sciences > Physics > Solid state physics
ID Code:61486
Deposited On:16 Jul 2020 23:27
Last Modified:16 Jul 2020 23:27

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