Metal-organic framework (MOF-5) coated SERS active gold gratings: A platform for the selective detection of organic contaminants in soil

O. Guselnikova, P. Postnikov, R. Elashnikov, E. Miliutina, V. Svorcik, O. Lyutakov

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In this work, we proposed the functionalization of a surface plasmon-polariton (SPP)-supported gold grating surface with the metal-organic framework (MOF-5) for sensitive, selective and reproducible surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) detection of organophosphorus pesticides. Homogeneous distribution of plasmon intensity along the Au grating surface ensures the high reproducibility of SERS results (deviation of Raman peak intensity does not exceed the 4% along the sample). The surface-assisted growth of thin MOF-5 film was accomplished in two steps procedure: (i) covalent grafting by 4-carboxyphenyl groups and (ii) the immersion of samples in the mother liquid of MOF-5. Proposed SERS chip proved itself to be a perfect analytical probe for the detection of organophosphorus pesticides with high reliability and low detection limit up to 10 −12 M. Moreover, selective detection and recognition of several relevant organic contaminants (azo-dye, mycotoxin, and pesticide) from the simulated soil was successfully demonstrated. All SERS measurements were performed using portable Raman spectrometer and can easily be expanded to environmental conditions. Our work combines the high affinity of organic contaminants to the MOF-5 with excellent plasmonic excitation on the surface plasmon-polariton supported structure and shows the way to the realization of closed-to-ideal analytical SERS chip.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAnalytica Chimica Acta
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Gold grating
  • Metal-organic framework
  • Organophosphorus pesticides
  • Reproducibility
  • Selectivity
  • SERS
  • Soil sample
  • Surface-assisted MOF growth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy

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