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Yongwen Tan, Jiajun Gu, Linhua Xu, Xining Zang, Dingxin Liu, Wang Zhang, Qinglei Liu, Shenmin Zhu, Huilan Su, Chuanliang Feng, Genlian Fan and Di Zhang Biological Templates: High-Density Hotspots Engineered by Naturally Piled-Up Subwavelength Structures in Three-Dimensional Copper Butterfly Wing Scales for Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Detection (Adv. Funct. Mater. 8/2012) Advanced Functional Materials 22

Article first published online: 13 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201290048

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Wing scales from 175 000 species of butterflies and moths provide huge numbers of textures for the development of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates. On page 1578, Jiajun Gu, Di Zhang, and co-workers unveil how the sub-wavelength structures naturally arranged in depth in copper scale replicas can enhance the SERS properties. The finding helps bring sensitive and affordable SERS substrates to ordinary laboratories as consumables for trace-amount chemical detection.

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