Surface Enhanced Raman Substrate by Thermal Evaporation of Metal in Porous Filter Template

Description:

Background:

Enhanced Raman spectroscopy results can be achieved  by use of an improved substrate.  This invention is directed to the fabrication and use of a metal film for SERS (surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy). Gold surfaces prepared with this method produce signals 10x better than the industry leading surface. Silver surfaces the improvement is 100x to 1000x than the current technology. The improvement in signal performance is due to the surface production method which increases the "hotspot" density, which in turn produce a signal resonance when interigated by specific laser frequencies therby increasing the chance for an analyte detection.

 

Technology:

A template process is used to produce a Raman surface with nanoscaled structures capable of producing a localized surface Plasmon resonance.  The high density of these regions increases the chance of an analyte interacting with one of these areas.

The electric field present on the surface of the Raman substrate is greatly increased due to the coupling of the nanostructures which is dependent on their dielectric and size/shape properties.  The structures formed by this technology produce an electromagnetic enhancement which is in resonance with the LSPR.

 

Advantage:

The SERS substrate described here provides coupled nanostructures resulting in enhanced signals and better analyte detection capabilities.

 

Link to the Technology Announcement:

http://ott.testtechnologypublisher.com/files/sites/raman-spectroscopy.pdf

 

Patent Information:
Category(s):
Devices
For Information, Contact:
Tim Joyce
Licensing Associate
University of Notre Dame
(574) 631-3029
tjoyce2@nd.edu
Inventors:
Zachary Schultz
Steven Asiala
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