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Title: Use of single-layer g-C3N4 /Ag hybrids for surface-enhanced raman scattering (SERS)
Authors: Jiang, J 
Zou, J
Wee, A.T.S 
Zhang, W
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Jiang, J, Zou, J, Wee, A.T.S, Zhang, W (2016). Use of single-layer g-C3N4 /Ag hybrids for surface-enhanced raman scattering (SERS). Scientific Reports 6 : 34599. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates with high activity and stability are desirable for SERS sensing. Here, we report a new single atomic layer graphitic-C3N4 (S-g-C3N4) and Ag nanoparticles (NPs) hybrid as high-performance SERS substrates. The SERS mechanism of the highly stable S-g-C3N4 /Ag substrates was systematically investigated by a combination of experiments and theoretical calculations. From the results of XPS and Raman spectroscopies, it was found that there was a strong interaction between S-g-C3N4 and Ag NPs, which facilitates the uniform distribution of Ag NPs over the edges and surfaces of S-g-C3N4 nanosheets, and induces a charge transfer from S-g-C3N4 to the oxidizing agent through the silver surface, ultimately protecting Ag NPs from oxidation. Based on the theoretical calculations, we found that the net surface charge of the Ag atoms on the S-g-C3N4 /Ag substrates was positive and the Ag NPs presented high dispersibility, suggesting that the Ag atoms on the S-g-C3N4 /Ag substrates were not likely to be oxidized, thereby ensuring the high stability of the S-g-C3N4 /Ag substrate. An understanding of the stability mechanism in this system can be helpful for developing other effective SERS substrates with long-term stability. © The Author(s) 2016.
Source Title: Scientific Reports
ISSN: 20452322
DOI: 10.1038/srep34599
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