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Humic acids-based one-step fabrication of SERS substrates for detection of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
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PMID:  23340517     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
A facile one-step approach to fabricate substrates for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) detection of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) was explored by reduction of silver nitrate with humic acids (HAs). This simple process readily delivers silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) decorated with HAs (HAs-Ag NPs), and an average diameter of 50 nm. More importantly, it compares favorably to Ag NPs prepared by the usual sodium citrate method, HAs-Ag NPs show excellent SERS activity for PAHs and display a remarkable capacity to absorb aromatic molecules through presumed π-π stacking interactions. Furthermore, the HAs-Ag NPs displayed good SERS stability, possibly due to the fact that HAs form loose coils or networks around the nanoparticles thus preventing aggregation. The investigation of qualitative and quantitative detection of PAHs on HAs-Ag NPs indicate that different PAHs can be distinguished easily from their discriminant SERS peaks, and the SERS responses exhibited a linear dependence on PAH concentrations over two orders of magnitude, with tens of nM detection limits. In addition, the HAs-Ag NPs performed well in the multicomponent analysis of PAH mixtures by the SERS technique without pre-separation.
Lu-Lu Qu; Yuan-Ting Li; Da-Wei Li; Jin-Qun Xue; John S Fossey; Yi-Tao Long
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Analyst     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1364-5528     ISO Abbreviation:  Analyst     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372652     Medline TA:  Analyst     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering & Department of Chemistry, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai 200237, China.
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