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SERS–Fluorescence Dual-Mode pH-Sensing Method Based on Janus Microparticles

SERS–Fluorescence Dual-Mode pH-Sensing Method Based on Janus Microparticles
Mingli Chen, Xiaoting Sun, Yue Wang, Yaning Wang, Ning Wang, Zhangrun Xu, Jianhua Wang, Shuai Yue
A surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)–fluorescence dual-mode pH-sensing method based on Janus microgels was developed, which combined the advantages of high specificity offered by SERS and fast imaging afforded by fluorescence. Dual-mode probes, pH-dependent 4-mercaptobenzoic acid, and carbon dots were individually encapsulated in the independent hemispheres of Janus microparticles fabricated via a centrifugal microfluidic chip. On the basis of the obvious volumetric change of hydrogels in different pHs, the Janus microparticles were successfully applied for sensitive and reliable pH measurement from 1.0 to 8.0, and the two hemispheres showed no obvious interference. The proposed method addressed the limitation that sole use of the SERS-based pH sensing usually failed in strong acidic media. The gastric juice pH and extracellular pH change were measured separately in vitro using the Janus microparticles, which confirmed the validity of microgels for pH sensing. The microparticles exhibited good stability, reversibility, biocompatibility, and ideal semipermeability for avoiding protein contamination, and they have the potential to be implantable sensors to continuously monitor pH in vivo.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b13321

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b13321

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