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Spatiotemporal-Resolved Hyperspectral Raman Imaging of Plasmon-Assisted Reactions at Single Hotspots

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posted on 01.06.2022, 19:38 authored by Xueqin Chen, Yan Gao, Jiayin Zhan, Qing Xia, Zixuan Chen, Jun-Jie Zhu
Raman spectroscopy facilitates the study of reacting molecules on single nanomaterials. In recent years, the temporal resolution of Raman spectral measurement has been remarkably reduced to the millisecond level. However, the classic scan-based imaging mode limits the application in the dynamical study of reactions at multiple nanostructures. In this paper, we propose a spatiotemporal-resolved Raman spectroscopy (STRS) technology to achieve fast (∼40 ms) and high spatial resolution (∼300 nm) hyperspectral Raman imaging of single nanostructures. With benefits of the outstanding electromagnetic field enhancement factor by surface plasmon resonance (∼1012) and the snapshot hyperspectral imaging strategy, we demonstrate the observation of stepwise Raman signals from single-particle plasmon-assisted reactions. Results reveal that the reaction kinetics is strongly affected by not only the surface plasmon-polariton generation but also the density of Raman molecules. In consideration of the spatiotemporal resolving capability of STRS, we anticipate that it provides a potential platform for further extending the application of Raman spectroscopy methods in the dynamic study of 1D or 2D nanostructures.