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Multifunctional nitrogen sulfur co-doped reduced graphene oxide – Ag nano hybrids (sphere, cube and wire) for nonlinear optical and SERS applications

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-393
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2018
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


Hetero atom doped graphene - metal nanoparticle hybrids have received increasing attention owing to their unique electronic properties, large specific surface area, very high conductivity and more electronic interactions. Herein, we report for the first time a hydrothermal assisted strategy for developing novel class of nitrogen (N) and sulfur (S) co-doped graphene/Ag nano morphotypes (sphere, cube and wire) hybrids for enhanced optical limiting (OL) and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) applications. Two probe molecules, Rhodamine 6G and para-aminothiophenol, are chosen to determine the enhancement performance of the as-prepared SERS-active substrate. Our results signified that the Ag nanocube-N, S codoped graphene hybrid based SERS-active substrate presents excellent performances for sensing R6G with an enhancement factor of 1.07 × 107. Further, this SERS substrate reveals outstanding capability to detect P-ATP molecules with detection limit of approximately 1.0 × 10−12 M. Moreover, the non-linear optical absorption studies results show that the OL properties were appreciably enhanced after the insertion of Ag nanostructures on the NSG surface. Thus, OL properties of the two-dimensional N, S-codoped graphene can be effectively modified by absorbing AgNPs of different morphology on its surface. All of the results signify that these hybrid structures will show extended applications for SERS sensing and optoelectronic fields.

ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • Ag nanomorphotypes, Nitrogen sulfur co-doped graphene, Optical limiting, Rhodamine 6G, Surface enhanced Raman scattering

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Field of science, Statistics Finland