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Title: Sensitive SERS-pH sensing in biological media using metal carbonyl functionalized planar substrates
Authors: Kong, K.V.
Dinish, U.S.
Lau, W.K.O.
Olivo, M. 
Keywords: Metal carbonyl reporter molecule
PH Sensing
SERS substrates
Surface enhanced Raman scattering
Urine sample
Issue Date: 15-Apr-2014
Citation: Kong, K.V., Dinish, U.S., Lau, W.K.O., Olivo, M. (2014-04-15). Sensitive SERS-pH sensing in biological media using metal carbonyl functionalized planar substrates. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 54 : 135-140. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Conventional nanoparticle based Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) technique for pH sensing often fails due to the aggregation of particles when detecting in acidic medium or biosamples having high ionic strength. Here, We develop SERS based pH sensing using a novel Raman reporter, arene chromium tricarbonyl linked aminothiophenol (Cr(CO)3-ATP), functionalized onto a nano-roughened planar substrates coated with gold. Unlike the SERS spectrum of the ATP molecule that dominates in the 400-1700cm-1 region, which is highly interfered by bio-molecules signals, metal carbonyl-ATP (Cr(CO)3)-ATP) offers the advantage of monitoring the pH dependent strong CO stretching vibrations in the mid-IR (1800-2200cm-1) range. Raman signal of the CO stretching vibrations at ~1820cm-1 has strong dependency on the pH value of the environment, where its peak undergo noticeable shift as the pH of the medium is varied from 3.0 to 9.0. The sensor showed better sensitivity in the acidic range of the pH. We also demonstrate the pH sensing in a urine sample, which has high ionic strength and our data closely correlate to the value obtained from conventional sensor. In future, this study may lead to a sensitive chip based pH sensing platform in bio-fluids for the early diagnosis of diseases.© 2013 Elsevier B.V.
Source Title: Biosensors and Bioelectronics
ISSN: 09565663
DOI: 10.1016/j.bios.2013.10.052
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