Correct spectral conversion between surface-enhanced Raman and plasmon resonance scattering from nanoparticle dimers for single-molecule detection

Kyuwan Lee, Joseph Irudayaraj

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Simultaneous measurement of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) in nanoparticle dimers presents outstanding opportunities in molecular identification and in the elucidation of physical properties, such as the size, distance, and deformation of target species. SERS-LSPR instrumentation exists and has been used under limited conditions, but the extraction of SERS and LSPR readouts from a single measurement is still a challenge. Herein, the extraction of LSPR spectra from SERS signals is reported and a tool for measuring the interparticle distance from Raman enhancement data by the standardization of the SERS signal is proposed. The SERS nanoruler mechanism incorporates two important aspects (the LSPR scattering peak shift and the Raman shift for measuring interparticle distance), and signifies their exact one-to-one correspondence after spectral correction. The developed methodology is applied to calculate the interparticle distance between nanoparticle dimers from SERS signals, to detect and quantify DNA at the single-molecule level in a base-pair-specific manner. It is also shown that the SERS nanoruler concept can be used in structural analysis for the specific detection of the interaction of immunoglobulin G (IgG) with its target from bianalyte Raman signals with identical shaping at single-molecule resolution. The SERS profile shaping approach not only offers a new detection mechanism for single molecules, but also has excellent potential for studying protein interactions and the intracellular detection of mRNA. A surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) nanoruler concept for measuring interparticle distance is proposed, based on the one-to-one correspondence with localized. surface plasmon resonance. DNA-functionalized gold nanoparticles are used to construct dimers with head-head and tail-tail configurations to examine the SERS shaping effect for different interparticle distances. This concept is applicable to detection, quantification, and distance measurement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1106-1115
Number of pages10
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 8 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • interparticle distance
  • nanoparticle dimers
  • single-molecule studies
  • surface plasmon resonance
  • surface-enhanced Raman scattering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biomaterials
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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