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Uniaxially Stretched Flexible Surface Plasmon Resonance Film for Versatile Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering Diagnostics

Uniaxially Stretched Flexible Surface Plasmon Resonance Film for Versatile Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering Diagnostics
Lianwei Chen, Ghim Wei Ho, Eng San Thian, Chuan Fu Tan, Lei Ren, Minghui Hong, Zuyong Wang, Ning Kang, Kaichen Xu, Rong Ji
Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy affords a rapid, highly sensitive, and nondestructive approach for label-free and fingerprint diagnosis of a wide range of chemicals. It is of great significance to develop large-area, uniform, and environmentally friendly SERS substrates for in situ identification of analytes on complex topological surfaces. In this work, we demonstrate a biodegradable flexible SERS film via irreversibly and longitudinally stretching metal deposited biocompatible poly(ε-caprolactone) film. This composite film after stretching shows surprising phenomena: three-dimensional and periodic wave-shaped microribbons array embedded with a high density of nanogaps functioning as hot-spots at an average gap size of 20 nm and nanogrooves array along the stretching direction. The stretched polymer surface plasmon resonance film gives rise to more than 10 times signal enhancement in comparison with that of the unstretched composite film. Furthermore, the SERS signals with high uniformity exhibit good temperature stability. The polymer SPR film with excellent flexibility and transparency can be conformally attached onto arbitrary nonplanar surfaces for in situ detection of various chemicals. Our results pave a new way for next-generation flexible SERS detection means, as well as enabling its huge potentials toward green wearable devices for point-of-care diagnostics.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b06669

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b06669

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