Micro-/Nanostructured Highly Crystalline Organic Semiconductor Films for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Applications

Mehmet Yilmaz, Mehmet Ozdemir, Hakan Erdogan, Ugur Tamer, Unal Sen, Antonio Facchetti*, Hakan Usta, Gokhan Demirel

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The utilization of inorganic semiconductors for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has attracted enormous interest. However, despite the technological relevance of organic semiconductors for enabling inexpensive, large-area, and flexible devices via solution processing techniques, these π-conjugated systems have never been investigated for SERS applications. Here for the first time, a simple and versatile approach is demonstrated for the fabrication of novel SERS platforms based on micro-/nanostructured 2,7-dioctyl[1]benzothieno[3,2-b][1]benzothiophene (C8-BTBT) thin films via an oblique-angle vapor deposition. The morphology of C8-BTBT thin films is manipulated by varying the deposition angle, thus achieving highly favorable 3D vertically aligned ribbon-like micro-/nanostructures for a 90 deposition angle. By combining C8-BTBT semiconductor films with a nanoscopic thin Au layer, remarkable SERS responses are achieved in terms of enhancement (≈108), stability (>90 d), and reproducibility (RSD < 0.14), indicating the great promise of Au/C8-BTBT films as SERS platforms. Our results demonstrate the first example of an organic semiconductor-based SERS platform with excellent detection characteristics, indicating that π-conjugated organic semiconductors have a great potential for SERS applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5669-5676
Number of pages8
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number35
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015


  • charge transfer
  • nanostructured films
  • organic semiconductors
  • physical vapor deposition
  • surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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