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Preparation of the plasmonic Ag/AgBr/ZnO film substrate for reusable SERS detection: Implication to the Z-scheme photocatalytic mechanism.

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Summary of "Preparation of the plasmonic Ag/AgBr/ZnO film substrate for reusable SERS detection: Implication to the Z-scheme photocatalytic mechanism."

In this work, a novel Ag/AgBr/ZnO SERS substrate was prepared by calcinating spin-coated zinc acetate on glass slides in the presence of ethanolamine (EA), followed by the process of impregnating-precipitation-photoreduction treatment. The SERS performances of Ag/AgBr/ZnO substrates were evaluated using aqueous crystal violet (CV) and Rhodamine 6G (R6G) as target analytes. The effects of initial immersion precursor concentration and irradiation time on the SERS performance were systematically studied. The as-prepared SERS substrate exhibited good chemical detection sensitivity, reproducibility and reusability. The optimal Ag/AgBr/ZnO (10 mM-30 min) substrates were capable of detecting 10 M CV and 10 M R6G aqueous solutions. The quantitative detection by the SERS substrate was investigated by constructing a linear corresponding calibration plot. The Ag/AgBr/ZnO SERS substrate was regenerated by a simple visible light driven photocatalytic process. A plausible Z-scheme visible light photocatalytic mechanism seems to account for the Ag-ZnO-AgBr system. This SERS substrate can be separated from the reaction easily, and the results indicated that the film was reusable for eight times without significantly losing the SERS efficiency, each time accompanied by a simple photo-driven regeneration. This study reveals that the Ag/AgBr/ZnO film on glass is practically applicable as an ultra-highly sensitive SERS substrate that can be readily regenerated.

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Name: Spectrochimica acta. Part A, Molecular and biomolecular spectroscopy
ISSN: 1873-3557
Pages: 117381

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