Gold-rich ligament nanostructure by dealloying Au-based metallic glass ribbon for surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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  • Bo-Kai Chao
  • Hsin-Chia Ho
  • Pakman Yiu
  • Yi-Chen Lai
  • Chun-Hway Hsueh


Original languageEnglish
Article number7485
Journal / PublicationScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2017



A new method to fabricate an Au-rich interconnected ligament substrate by dealloying the Au-based metallic glass ribbon for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) applications was investigated in this study. Specifically, three substrates, Au film, Au-based metallic glass ribbon, and dealloyed Au-based metallic glass ribbon, were studied. The dealloyed surface showed ligament nanostructure with protruding micro-islands. Based on the field emission scanning electron microscopy, refection and scattering measurements, the dealloyed Au-based metallic glass provided a large surface area, multiple reflections, and numerous fine interstices to produce hot spots for SERS enhancements. The SERS signal of analyte, p-aminothiophenol, in the micro-island region of dealloyed Au-based metallic glass was about 2 orders of magnitude larger than the fat Au film. Our work provides a new method to fabricate the inexpensive and high SERS enhancements substrates.

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