Dopamine-mediated self-assembled anisotropic Au nanoworms conjugated with MoS2 nanosheets for SERS-based sensing

Hong Yuan, Subin Yu, Minju Kim, Ji Eun Lee, Haeun Kang, Dohyub Jang, Madeshwaran Sekkarapatti Ramasamy, Dong Ha Kim

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Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) utilizing plasmonic metals coupled with transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) has received increasing attention in bio-applications due to the synergistically enhanced detection sensitivity. However, there have been several issues to be addressed such as strong SERS background signals and low Raman intensities of analytes. In this study, we report a novel approach for high SERS performance based on anisotropic hybrid plasmonic nanostructures of gold nanoworms (Au NWs) conjugated with 2D Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) nanosheets. To significantly enhance the SERS enhancement factor (EF), we optimized the gap between Au NWs and MoS2 to ~2 nm by controlling the thickness of polydopamine (PDA). Thus, giant localized electric field enhancement and synergistic coupling effect occurred in the hybrid plasmonic nanostructures, generating abundant hot spots. Consequently, SERS EF of the order of ~107 was achieved, which was 104 times higher than that of colloidal Au nanoparticles. Further, we showcase that our AuNW@MoS2 can detect the 10−10 M level thiram, a typical pesticide, under soil-pollutant muddy condition, evidencing the powerful multimodal sensory platform of our hybrid substrates. This work provides new insight into the rational design of plasmon-coupled 2D nanohybrids for high-performance SERS substrates with a premise for the practical and viable biosensing applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number132453
JournalSensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
StatePublished - 15 Nov 2022

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government [ 2020R 1A 2C 3003958 ], by the Basic Science Research Program (Priority Research Institute) funded by the Ministry of Education [ 2021R 1A 6A 1A10039823 ], by the Korea Basic Science Institute (National Research Facilities and Equipment Center) grant funded by the Ministry of Education [ 2020R 1A 6C 101B194 ], by Creative Materials Discovery Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by Ministry of Science and ICT [ 2018M 3D 1A 1058536 ] and by the Ewha Womans University Research Grant of 2022 .

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  • Au NWs
  • Biosensing
  • SERS
  • Self-assembly
  • TMD


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