A simple method has been developed to produce SERS-active metal surfaces. Six metal surfaces (cadmium, nickel, gold, iron, copper, and silver) have been prepared on an aluminum foil underlayment by chemical reduction and strong surface-enhanced Raman signals have been observed for pyridine species on these surfaces. This permits the direct comparison of pyridine spectra on different metal surfaces prepared by the same chemically clean method. The differences among the SER spectra of the aqueous pyridine species using different metals generally follow the trend of silver, cadmium, nickel, iron, gold, and copper, which can be explained by the selective formation of α-pyridyl species and the equilibria between end-on adsorbed pyridines and edge-on adsorbed a-pyridyl species on the different metal surfaces.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry