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Keywords:

  • nanostructure;
  • thin film;
  • Pt;
  • template;
  • surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy

We report on the syntheses of nanostructured Pt films with three different feature sizes of 3, 6 and 9 nm and their effects to the surface enhance Raman spectroscopy of rhodamine 6G (Rh6G) analytes. The syntheses of the Pt films have been achieved through templating the pore structures of mesoporous silica thin films (MSTFs). For the purpose of the present study, we synthesized three MSTFs with pore sizes 3, 6 and 9 nm. Other than the pore sizes, the silica thin films have the same pore structures. The Pt films have been synthesized by depositing Pt into the pores of the template MSTFs and removing the templates after the deposition. The Pt films produce strong Raman spectra of Rh6G with the intensity increasing as the feature size of the Pt film increases. Simulations of the induced electromagnetic fields on the Pt films show the same trend as the observed Raman intensity with the feature size. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.