In this work, the effects of electrolytes used in roughening gold substrates by electrochemical methods on surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) were first investigated. First, gold substrates were roughened by triangular-wave oxidation-reduction cycles (ORC) in aqueous solutions containing different kinds of 0.1 M electrolytes. Then Rhodamine 6G (R6G) was used as Raman probe to examine this effect of electrolytes used on the SERS observed. The result indicates that the highest intensity of SERS of R6G was obtained on the roughened Au substrate prepared in 0.1 M NaCl, which was less used in the literature. Meanwhile, it was also found that the rougher surface morphology observed, which is contributive to the higher SERS obtained, is corresponding to the smaller cathodic peak area shown in the cyclic voltammograms for roughening the Au substrate.
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