Surface-enhanced Raman scattering study of L-tryptophan

A. E. Aliaga, I. Osorio-Román, P. Leyton, C. Garrido, J. Cárcamo, C. Caniulef, F. Célis, G. Díaz F., E. Clavijo, J. S. Gómez-Jeria, M. M. Campos-Vallette

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Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra of tryptophan (Trp) were obtained. A unique SERS spectrum of Trp, corresponding to the most stable conformation and orientation on the metal surface, is observed after a stabilization period. The Trp molecules interact with the surface through both the carboxylate and amino groups; the aliphatic moiety is close to the surface. The pyrrole ring of the indolemoiety is farther from the surface than the benzene fragment. The observed spectra vary depending on both the preparation of the silver colloid and the aggregation time. The interpretation of the experimental results is supported by theoretical treatment of themolecule on the silver surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-169
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Raman Spectroscopy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2009


  • Metal surface
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • SERS
  • Tryptophan


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