A Plasmonic Coupling Substrate Based on Sandwich Structure of Ultrathin Silica-Coated Silver Nanocubes and Flower-Like Alumina-Coated Etched Aluminum for Sensitive Detection of Biomarkers in Urine

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  • National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Abstract

Interactions between substrate and plasmonic nanostructures can give rise to unique optical properties and influence performance in plasmonic biosensing applications. In this study, a substrate with low refractive index and roughness based on flower-like alumina-coated etched aluminum foil (f-Al2O3/e-Al) has been fabricated. Silver@silica (Ag@SiO2) nanocubes (NCs) assemble in an edge–edge configuration when deposited on this substrate. The rough surface texture of f-Al2O3/e-Al provides a pathway for coupling of incident light to surface plasmons. The Ag@SiO2/f-Al2O3/e-Al substrate exhibits a coupling efficiency of laser light sources into surface plasmon hotspots for both surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and metal-enhanced photoluminescence (MEPL). Moreover, the shelf life of this substrate is significantly improved due to a reduction in oxygen diffusion rate mediated by the ultrathin silica spacer and the flower-like Al2O3 dielectric layer. Creatinine and flavin adenine dinucleotide are biomolecules present in human blood and urine. With advanced label-free SERS and MEPL techniques, it is possible to detect these biomarkers in urine, allowing cheap, noninvasive, yet sensitive analysis. The approach explored in this work can be developed into a powerful encoding tool for high-throughput bioanalysis.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1601290
JournalADVANCED HEALTHCARE MATERIALS
Volume6
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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