Multifunctional silver nanoparticle-doped silica for solid-phase extraction and surface-enhanced Raman scattering detection

Natalia E. Markina, Alexey V. Markin, Andrey M. Zakharevich, Dmitry A. Gorin, Tatiana Yu Rusanova, Irina Yu Goryacheva

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Multifunctional silica gel with embedded silver nanoparticles (SiO2–AgNP) is proposed for application as sorbent for solid-phase extraction (SPE) and simultaneously as substrate for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) due to their high sorption properties and ability to enhance Raman signal (SERS-active sorbents). SiO2–AgNP was synthesized via alkaline hydrolysis of tetraethyl orthosilicate with simultaneous reduction of silver ions to silver nanoparticles (AgNP) within the SiO2 bulk. Synthesis of AgNP directly to the SiO2 matrix enables to exclude any additional stabilizers for the nanoparticles that educes signal-to-noise ratio during SERS measurement. Apart from Raman spectroscopy, obtained sorbents were also characterized by scanning electron microscopy and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The influence of AgNO3 concentration used during the SiO2–AgNP synthesis on its gelling time, color, diffuse reflectance spectra, and enhancement of Raman signal was investigated. A Raman enhancement factor of SiO2–AgNP with optimal composition was around 105. Finally, the sorbents were applied for SPE and subsequent SERS detection of model compounds (rhodamine 6G and folic acid). It was found that SPE enables to decrease detectable concentrations by two orders. Therefore, SPE combined with SERS has high potential for further analytical investigations. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish
Article number353
JournalJournal of Nanoparticle Research
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Folic acid
  • Rhodamine 6G
  • Silica
  • Silver nanoparticles
  • Sol-gel material
  • Solid-phase extraction
  • Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy


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