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Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy of novel psychoactive substances using polymer-stabilized Ag nanoparticle aggregates

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  • W. W. Y. Lee
  • V. A. D. Silverson
  • Louise E. Jones
  • Yen Cheng Ho
  • Nicholas Charles Fletcher
  • M. McNaul
  • K. Laota Peters
  • S. James Speers
  • Steven E. J. Bell
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/01/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>Chemical Communications
Issue number3
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)493-496
Publication statusPublished
Early online date27/10/15
Original languageEnglish


A set of seized “legal high” samples and pure novel psychoactive substances have been examined by surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy using polymer-stabilized Ag nanoparticle (Poly-SERS) films. The films both quenched fluorescence in bulk samples and allowed identification of μg quantities of drugs collected with wet swabs from contaminated surfaces.