[Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopic studies on the thiophenol adsorbed on novel Ag-Au alloy nanoparticles].Guang Pu Xue Yu Guang Pu Fen Xi. 2007 Jun; 27(6):1136-9.GP
Ag-Au alloy seeds were prepared by the simultaneous reduction of Ag and Au salts. The seeds were grown via NH2OH x HCl-growth method to obtain novel Ag-Au alloy nanoparticles with diameters of 40-60 nm. The nanoseeds and novel nanoparticles were characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy and TEM respectively. The observation of one surface plasma resonance absorption band, the redshift in their frequencies, and the uniform color of the nanoparticles shown in TEM images indicated the formation of alloy structure for both the nanoseeds and the novel nanoparticles. By using thiophenol (TP) as probe molecules, SERS studies were performed on the novel nanoparticles. The absorption bands of the nanoparticles red shifted with the addition of TP, and new bands were detected in the near infrared region, which were attributed to the aggregation of TP covered nanoparticles. With the excitation line of 632. 8 nm, the SERS intensity of TP on Au was most largely enhanced, and that on alloy nanoparticles were increased as X(Au) increased.