Ag@WS2 quantum dots for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy: Enhanced charge transfer induced highly sensitive detection of thiram from honey and beverages.Food Chem. 2021 May 15; 344:128570.FC
Novel SERS substrates is urgently in demand for rapid and sensitive analysis of toxic agrochemicals from food. In this work, a monodispersed tungsten disulfide quantum dots modified silver nanosphere (Ag@WS2QD) was prepared and used as SERS substrate. Ag@WS2QD generated uniform and stable SERS signals within 2 min, displaying great promise in "mixing and reading" detection. Compared to unmodified colloidal silver nanoparticles, 4 times higher analytical enhancement factor was found in Ag@WS2QD. Density functional theory calculation verified the enhanced charge transfer within the coupling systems of molecule-Ag@WS2QD. Besides, the unique surface properties are beneficial for the enrichment of specific molecule. Both the chemical extraction and enhanced charge transfer contributes to rapid and sensitive SERS detection of Ag@WS2QD. A "mixing and reading" SERS method for thiram from honey and four kinds of juice was developed from Ag@WS2QD, showing great promise for rapid and direct SERS detection for toxic agrochemicals and further applications.