Rapid and sensitive detection of uranyl ion with citrate-stabilized silver nanoparticles by the surface-enhanced Raman scattering technique.

Research paper by Jiaolai J Jiang, Shaofei S Wang, Hui H Deng, Haoxi H Wu, Jun J Chen, Junsheng J Liao

Indexed on: 20 Dec '18Published on: 20 Dec '18Published in: Royal Society open science


Uranium contamination poses a huge threat to human health due to its widespread use in the nuclear industry and weapons. We proposed a simple and convenient wet-state SERS method for uranyl detection based on the citrate-stabilized silver nanoparticles. The effect of citrate on the detection performance was also discussed. By using the citrate as an internal reference to normalize the peak of uranyl, a quantitative analysis was achieved and a good linear relationship of uranyl concentration from 0.2 to 5 µM with the limit of detection of 60 nM was obtained. With its simplicity, convenience and cost-effectiveness, this method has great potential for the detection of other molecules also.