Transferrable SERS barcodes

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2022-06-13
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Advanced Materials Interfaces
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2196-7350
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Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
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9
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17
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2200048 - 1 - 2200048 -10
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English
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The demand for encoded surfaces has increased significantly over the past decade driven by the rapid digitalization of the world. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) offers unique capabilities in generation of encoded surfaces. The challenge is the limited versatility of SERS-based encoding systems in terms of the applicable surfaces. This study addresses this challenge by using a temporary tattoo approach together with simplified fabrication of SERS-active patterns by ink-jet printing of a particle-free reactive silver ink. Plasmonic silver nanostructures form on the tattoo paper upon ink-jet printing and a brief thermal annealing. The SERS activity is sufficient to detect taggant molecules of rhodamine 6G, methylene blue, and rhodamine B with a nanomolar level sensitivity. Raman-active taggants can be incorporated into the ink, for drop-on-demand patterning of multiple molecules in 1D and 2D barcode geometries. The SERS barcodes can be effectively transferred to a range of different substrates retaining high plasmonic activity and geometric integrity. The presented approach decouples the SERS-active pattern preparation from the final substrate and greatly improves the versatility of the barcodes.

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