13 February 2018 Plasmon-enhanced Raman detection of body-fluid components
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Plasmon-enhanced spectroscopies such as surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) concern the detection of enhanced optical responses of molecules in close proximity to plasmonic structures, which results in a strong increase in sensitivity. Recent advancements in nanofabrication methods have paved the way for a controlled design of tailor-made nanostructures with fine-tuning of their optical and surface properties. Among these, silver nanocubes (AgNCs) represent a convenient choice in SERS owing to intense electromagnetic fields localized at their extremities, which are further intensified in the gap regions between closely spaced nanoparticles. The integration of AgNCs assemblies within an optofluidic platform may confer potential for superior optical investigation due to a molecular enrichment on the plasmonic structures to collect an enhanced photonic response. We developed a novel sensing platform based on an optofluidic system involving assembled silver nanocubes of 50 nm in size for ultrasensitive SERS detection of biomolecules in wet conditions. The proposed system offers the perspective of advanced biochemical and biological characterizations of molecules as well as of effective detection of body fluid components and other molecules of biomedical interest in their own environment.
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Paolo Matteini, Paolo Matteini, Martina Banchelli, Martina Banchelli, Marella De Angelis, Marella De Angelis, Cristiano D'Andrea, Cristiano D'Andrea, Roberto Pini, Roberto Pini, "Plasmon-enhanced Raman detection of body-fluid components", Proc. SPIE 10488, Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment Applications XVIII, 104880W (13 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2295086; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2295086

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