Enhanced thermal stability of Ag nanorods through capping
Ag nanorods may serve as sensors in the detection of trace amounts of chemical agents, even single molecules, through surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). However, thermal coarsening of Ag nanorods near room temperature limits their applications. This letter proposes the use of a thin oxide capping layer to enhance the thermal stability of Ag nanorods beyond 100°C. Using electron microscopy characterization and SERS tests, the authors show that the proposed method is effective in stabilizing both morphology and sensitivity of Ag nanorods. The results of this work extend the applicability of Ag nanorods as chemical sensors to higher temperatures.
Applied Physics Letters
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Bachenheimer, Elliott, P., Stagon, S., & Huang, H. (2014). Enhanced thermal stability of Ag nanorods through capping. Applied Physics Letters, 105(21), 213104–. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4902829