Tagged core-satellite nanoassemblies: role of assembling sequence on surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) performance

Priyanka Dey*, Kristofer J. Thurecht, Peter M. Fredericks, Idriss Blakey

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Plasmonic nanoassemblies with amplified optical responses are attractive as chemo/bio sensors and diagnostic tracking agents. For real-life implementation, such nanostructures require a well-designed and controlled formation for maximizing the optical amplification. Forming these nanoassemblies typically requires numerous steps; however, the importance of the sequence of the steps is typically not discussed. Thus, here we have investigated the role of the sequence of tagging (or labeling, barcoding) of such plasmonic nanoassemblies with Raman active molecules in a quest to maximize the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) enhancement that could be achieved from the nanoassemblies. We have chosen the core-satellite nanoassembly arrangement to study the role of tagging sequence because it allows us to keep structural parameters constant that would otherwise influence the SERS amplification. We demonstrate that incorporating the tag molecule at an assembly point before formation of the nanojunctions leads to more tag molecules being positioned at the core-satellite nanojunctions, thereby resulting in higher SERS signal enhancement. This will thus prove to be a useful tool in fully utilizing the nanoassembly morphology generated hot-spot and maximizing its SERS performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1428-1435
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Spectroscopy
Issue number12
Early online date24 May 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019


  • assembly formation sequence
  • hot-spots
  • labeling
  • nanoassemblies
  • polymer
  • SERS
  • Surface-enhanced Raman scattering
  • tagging


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