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Title: GOLD NANOSTARS AS A SURFACE ENHANCED RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY (SERS) SUBSTRATE FOR BIOSENSING APPLICATIONS
Authors: HE SHUAI
Keywords: SERS, gold nanostar, substrate, biosensing, optimization
Issue Date: 24-Aug-2017
Citation: HE SHUAI (2017-08-24). GOLD NANOSTARS AS A SURFACE ENHANCED RAMAN SPECTROSCOPY (SERS) SUBSTRATE FOR BIOSENSING APPLICATIONS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is a sensitive and specific technique for molecular identification, which overcomes the limitations of conventional Raman spectroscopy by generating high enhancement and low fluorescence and hence is desirable for biosensing applications. Colloidal gold nanoparticles are common SERS substrates and gold nanostars (AuNS) have been reported to exhibit superior SERS enhancement among various morphologies due to the presence of multiple sharp spikes serving as SERS “hotspots”. While seedless synthesis approach of AuNS is more facile and rapid compared to seed-mediated approach, little is known about the effect of synthesis parameters on the SERS enhancement. Therefore, there is a need to optimize the SERS enhancement of AuNS synthesized using a seedless approach by varying the synthesis parameters as well as other extrinsic properties. The optimized AuNS can be then immobilized on filter paper strips to form a flexible, cost-effective, biodegradable and disposable SERS substrate, which overcomes the limitations of conventional solid phase SERS substrates and enables easy and efficient sample collection process such as physical swabbing. Biosensing applications such as identification of human enterovirus 71 (EV71) virus and Protein Kinase A (PKA) have been realized using the optimized AuNS-based SERS substrates.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/138601
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