Square-inch 2D-arrays of Au nanodisks fabricated by sputtering Au onto anodic aluminum oxide templates for SERS applications

Thi Thuy Nguyen, Thi Dieu Thuy Ung and Quang Liem Nguyen

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Keywords: nano


Two-dimensional (2D) arrays of gold nanodisks (Au NDs) with different sizes of 75, 95 and 115 nm, with the distances between NDs of 10, 30 and 50 nm were fabricated on square-inch substrates. The optimal conditions regarding the thickness of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template, sputtering time and annealing temperature for Au, lift-off the walls of AAO template for getting the highest quality 2D arrays of Au NDs have been determined. Morphology and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorption of the 2D arrays of Au NDs were examined by using appropriate techniques. The 2D arrays of fabricated Au NDs show different SPRs peaking in the spectral range of 600–1600 nm, which are very promising for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-based sensor applications. As an example for the potential use of fabricated SERS substrates, we have demonstrated the detection of methamidophos at various concentrations ranging from 1 ppb to 103 ppm. Moreover, the method we have used to fabricate the 2D arrays of Au NDs can be applied to other kinds of metals or alloys just by varying the targets in the sputtering process

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