A fast high-resolution screening method for reactive surfaces is presented. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) are combined in one method in order to be able to obtain both morphological and chemical information about processes at a surface. In order to accurately align the AFM and SERS images, an alignment pattern on the substrate material is exploited. Subsequent SERS scans with sub-micron resolution are recorded in 30 min per scan for an area of 100 × 100 µm2 and are accompanied by morphological information, supplied by a fast AFM, of the same area. Hence, a complete reactivity overview is obtained within several hours with only a monolayer of reactant. To demonstrate the working principle of this method, a SERS substrate containing the alignment pattern and silver nanoparticle aggregates as catalytic sites is prepared to study the photo-catalytic reduction of p-nitrothiophenol (p-NTP).
- Raman imaging
- Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy
- atomic force miscroscopy