Advanced Functional Materials
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Editor-in-Chief: Joern Ritterbusch, Deputy Editors: Mary De Vita, Yan Li, Hakim Meskine
Online ISSN: 1616-3028
Associated Title(s): Advanced Electronic Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Engineering Materials, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Advanced Materials, Advanced Materials Interfaces, Advanced Materials Technologies, Advanced Optical Materials, Advanced Science, Particle & Particle Systems Characterization, Small
Cover Picture: SERS Aptatags: New Responsive Metallic Nanostructures for Heterogeneous Protein Detection by Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (Adv. Funct. Mater. 17/2008)
On page 2518, Bazan and co-workers describe the design and function of “aptatags” that consist of aptamer-decorated silver nanoparticles brought together by an organic linker. This linkeris strategically located where surface enhancement of Raman signals takes place. The aptamer probes were chosen to selectively bind specific proteins. These structural attributes of aptatags allow the development of a new heterogeneous protein detection method.