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Direct visual evidence for chemical mechanisms of SERRS via charge transfer in Au-20-pyrazine-Au-20 junction

John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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  • Charge Transfer
  • Au-20 - Pyrazine-Au-20
  • Chemical Mechanisms
  • Serrs
  • Junction
  • Physics And Astronomy
  • Chemistry
  • Physics


The essence of the chemical mechanism for surface-enhanced resonance Raman scattering (SERRS) is the charge transfer (CT) between the metal and the molecule at the resonant electronic transition, which results in the mode-selective enhancement in the SERRS spectrum. The site-orientated CT can directly interpret the mode-selective chemical enhancement in SERRS. However, it is a great challenge to intutively visualize the orientation and site of the CT. In this paper, for the pyrazine-Au-2 complex, a three-dimensional 3D) cubic representation is built to provide direct visual evidence for chemical mechanisms of SERRS via CT from the Au-2 cluster to pyrazine at the resonant electronic transition. The relationship between the mode-selective enhancements in SERRS and the site-orientated CT was clearly revealed. The intracluster excitation (analog of plasmon excitation in large naonoparticles) was also visualized by the 3D cubic presentation, which provided the direct evidence of local electromagnetic field enhancement of SERRS. To study the quantum size effect and the coupling effect of the nanoparticles, the photoexcitation mechanisms of the Au-20 - pyrazine complex and the Au-20 - pyrazine - Au-20 junction were also investigated. The tunneling charge transfer from one Au-20 cluster to another Au-20 cluster outside the pyrazine in Au-20 - pyrazine - Au-20 junction was also revealed visually. The calculated normalized extinction spectra of Au nanoparticles using the generalized Mie theory reveal that the resonance peak is red-shifted due to the coupling between particles. Copyright (C) 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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