Investigation by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy of the effect of oxygen and hydrogen plasmas on adsorbate-covered gold and silver island films

Hesse, E. and Creighton, Alan (1999) Investigation by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy of the effect of oxygen and hydrogen plasmas on adsorbate-covered gold and silver island films. Langmuir, 15 (10). pp. 3545-3550. ISSN 0743-7463. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The effects of radio-frequency-excited oxygen and hydrogen plasmas on gold island films with adsorbed CN-, thiophenate, or p-nitrobenzoate ions have been investigated by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). An oxygen plasma caused oxidation of adsorbed CN- to Au(CN)(4)(-), and there was evidence of oxidation of the adsorption site gold atoms at the Au/p-nitrobenzoate surface, while in a hydrogen plasma Au(CN)(4)(-) was reduced back to adsorbed CN-. No adsorbed oxidation or reduction products of thiophenate or p-nitrobenzoate were detected, however. Exposure of gold films to an oxygen or hydrogen plasma also caused partial removal of the adsorbates, though with some loss of SERS activity, and in a hydrogen plasma thiophenate was preferentially removed from a gold film with coadsorbed thiophenate and CN-. On silver films, hydrogen plasma treatment almost completely removed adsorbed CN- with only a small loss of SERS activity, but in an oxygen plasma the films were rapidly destroyed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: I.T. Ekpo
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 1914 21:57
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2014 11:28
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