In this work, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) decorated magnetic microspheres (MMs) are prepared as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate for the analysis of adenine in aqueous solutions. To prepare these substrates, magnetic particles were first synthesized by coprecipitation of Fe(II) and Fe(III) with ammonium hydroxide. A thin layer of cross-linked polymer was formed on these magnetic particles by polymerization through suspension of magnetic particles into a solution of divinyl benzene/methyl methacrylate. The resulted polymer protected magnetic particles are round in shape with a size of 80. μm in diameter. To form AgNPs on these MMs, photochemical reduction method was employed and the factors in photochemical reduction method were studied and optimized for the preparation of highly sensitive and stable AgNPs on MMs substrates (abbreviated as AgMMs substrates). By dispersing the AgMMs in aqueous samples, cylindrical magnet was used to attract the AgMMs for SERS detections. The observed enhancement factor of AgMMs reached 7 orders in magnitude for detection of adenine with a detection limit approaching to few hundreds of nanomolar.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Analytical Chemistry
- Environmental Chemistry