One-step synthesis of gold nanoflowers of tunable size and absorption wavelength in the red & deep red range for SERS spectroscopy

Abstract : We describe a novel protocol for a one-step, seed-less, organic solvent- and surfactant-free synthesis of optically dense aqueous colloids of gold nanoflowers (AuNF), with tunable absorption wavelength between 620 and 800 nm. We demonstrate that simple variation of the ratio of two reagents allows the plasmonic band position to be tuned to any desired wavelength ± 5 nm, namely to those of the laser sources commonly used for SERS spectroscopy. The AuNF size distribution was sufficiently narrow, comparable to that known with seed-mediated synthesis. The AuNF have been validated as efficient aggregation-free substrates for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy using two common fluorescent dyes, Nile Blue and Crystal Violet, both thiol-free. Their fluorescence was quenched and SERS signal intensity was a linear function of the dye concentration, from nanomolar to micromolar range. Easy to prepare and to use, these AuNF appear as a particularly user-friendly and efficient way to obtain plasmonic substrates for SERS in the red and deep red spectral range.
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Mathias Pacaud, Katel Hervé-Aubert, Martin Soucé, Alaa Abdelrahman Makki, Franck Bonnier, et al.. One-step synthesis of gold nanoflowers of tunable size and absorption wavelength in the red & deep red range for SERS spectroscopy. Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, Elsevier, 2020, 225, pp.117502. ⟨10.1016/j.saa.2019.117502⟩. ⟨hal-02305317⟩

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