January 13, 2023
Multipolar Raman Scattering vs Interfacial Nano-Chemistry: Case of 4-Mercaptopyridine on Gold
AbstractCaution needs to be exercised in associating changes in plasmon-enhanced Raman spectra with chemical transformations. This is demonstrated through a detailed analysis of tip-enhanced Raman (TER) scattering from 4-mercaptopyridine (MPY) on gold. The substrate used consists of gold nanoplates atop a gold surface featuring heterogeneous grooves, all coated with a monolayer of MPY. The brightest spectra across the substrate exhibit features that can only be recovered by considering the generalized polarizability of oriented MPY molecules. The complex TER spectra we observe do not mark interfacial chemistry, but rather, multipolar TER scattering driven by local field gradients.
Published: January 13, 2023