This article is part of the Journal of Raman Spectroscopy special issue entitled “Raman spectroscopy in art and archaeology” edited by Juan Manuel Madariaga and Danilo Bersani.
Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy spectra of Mexican dyestuffs†
Article first published online: 11 AUG 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Raman Spectroscopy
Special Issue: Raman spectroscopy in art and archaeology
Volume 43, Issue 11, pages 1551–1559, November 2012
How to Cite
Casanova-González, E., García-Bucio, A., Ruvalcaba-Sil, J. L., Santos-Vasquez, V., Esquivel, B., Falcón, T., Arroyo, E., Zetina, S., Roldán, M. L. and Domingo, C. (2012), Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy spectra of Mexican dyestuffs. J. Raman Spectrosc., 43: 1551–1559. doi: 10.1002/jrs.4086
- Issue published online: 21 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 11 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 15 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Received: 13 DEC 2011
Dyes were used in Mexico since early pre-Hispanic periods for coloring of fibers, codex writing, and mural paintings, among other purposes. From the wide variety of Mexican dyes, only a handful has been studied at length. Moreover, few studies had been devoted to the identification of these substances in artistic or historical objects, in part, because of the lack of a suitable technique that complies with the nondestructive or microdestructive requirements that involves working with such objects. Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) may provide the tool needed to identify the more than 20 dyes that can be found in Mexico and the first step would be acquiring their SERS spectra in laboratory conditions. To fulfill that goal, carminic acid, cochineal (Dactylopius coccus), achiote (Bixa orellana), muitle (Justicia spicigera), zacatlaxcalli (Cuscuta sp.), brazilwood (Caesalpinia echinata), and cempazuchitl (Tagetes erecta) SERS spectra were recorded in aqueous solution and directly on dyed wool fibers, using silver colloids as SERS substrate. Ag nanoparticles were prepared by chemical reduction with sodium citrate and characterized by UV–Vis spectroscopy and high resolution transmission electronic microscopy. Pure carminic acid was used for control SERS spectra and then samples of cochineal, achiote, muitle, zacatlaxcalli, brazilwood, and cempazuchitl were tested. Samples were prepared either by extraction from their natural sources or by dyeing the fibers; in both cases traditional recipes were followed. The acquired spectra may serve in future research as comparative references for the identification of the dyes present in cultural artifacts, and in the case of cempazuchitl, muitle, and zacatlaxcalli, these are probably the first reported Raman spectra of such plants. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.