Cetylpyridinium Chloride Activated Trinitrotoluene Explosive Lights Up Robust and Ultrahigh Surface-Enhanced Resonance Raman Scattering in a Silver Sol

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  • Dr. Honglin Liu,

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    1. Institute of Intelligent Machines, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (P.R. China), Fax: (+86) 551-65592420
    • Institute of Intelligent Machines, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (P.R. China), Fax: (+86) 551-65592420
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    • These authors contributed equally to this work.

  • Dongyue Lin,

    1. Institute of Intelligent Machines, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (P.R. China), Fax: (+86) 551-65592420
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    • These authors contributed equally to this work.

  • Yudie Sun,

    1. Institute of Intelligent Machines, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (P.R. China), Fax: (+86) 551-65592420
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  • Dr. Liangbao Yang,

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    1. Institute of Intelligent Machines, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (P.R. China), Fax: (+86) 551-65592420
    • Institute of Intelligent Machines, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (P.R. China), Fax: (+86) 551-65592420
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  • Prof. Jinhuai Liu

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    1. Institute of Intelligent Machines, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (P.R. China), Fax: (+86) 551-65592420
    • Institute of Intelligent Machines, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (P.R. China), Fax: (+86) 551-65592420
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Abstract

Surface-enhanced resonance Raman scattering (SERRS) is not realized for most molecules of interest. Here, we developed a new SERRS platform for the fast and sensitive detection of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), a molecule with low Raman cross section. A cationic surfactant, cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC) was modified on the surface of silver sols (CP-capped Ag). CPC not only acts as the surface-seeking species to trap sulfite-sulfonated TNT, but also undergoes complexation with it, resulting in the presence of two charge-transfer bands at 467 and 530 nm, respectively. This chromophore absorbs the visible light that matches with the incident laser and plasmon resonance of Ag sols by the use of a 532.06 nm laser, and offered large resonance Raman enhancement. This SERRS platform evidenced a fast and accurate detection of TNT with a detection limit of 5×10−11M under a low laser power (200 μW) and a short integration time (3 s). The CP-capped Ag also provides remarkable sensitivity and reliable repeatability. This study provides a facile and reliable method for TNT detection and a viable idea for the SERS detection of various non-resonant molecules.

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