Caught in a trap: Colloids of gold nanoparticles coated with a thermally responsive poly-(N-isopropylacrylamide) (pNIPAM) microgel can trap molecules in different ways as a function of temperature (see scheme). The porous pNIPAM shells prevent electromagnetic coupling between metal particles, thus providing highly reproducible surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) signals and intensity.
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