Microchimica Acta

, 186:603 | Cite as

Flexible and adhesive tape decorated with silver nanorods for in-situ analysis of pesticides residues and colorants

  • Jiaolai Jiang
  • Sumeng Zou
  • Yingru Li
  • Fengtong Zhao
  • Jun Chen
  • Shaofei Wang
  • Haoxi Wu
  • Jingsong Xu
  • Mingfu Chu
  • Junsheng LiaoEmail author
  • Zhengjun ZhangEmail author
Original Paper


A flexible adhesive tape decorated with SERS-active silver nanorods (AgNRs) in the form of an array nanostructure is described. The tape was constructed by transferring the AgNRs nanostructures from silicon to the transparent tape by a “paste & peel off” procedure. The transparent, sticky, and flexible properties of commercial tapes allow almost any SERS-inactive irregular surface to be detected in-situ by pasting the SERS tape onto the position to be analyzed. Three examples for an analytical application are presented, viz. determination of (a) tetramethylthiuram disulfide and thiabendazole (two pesticides), (b) colorants in the gel of a writing pen, and (c) the fluorophore Rhodamine B. The tetramethylthiuram disulfide on apple surface was rapidly detected with a LOD of 28.8 ng·cm−2. The AgNRs effectively quenched the fluorescence of the matrix and fluorophores, this enabling the colorants and Rhodamine B to be identified. The results demonstrated that the SERS tape can be used for versatile in-situ detection. Conceivably, it may find applications in food analysis, non-invasive identification, environmental monitoring, and in other areas of daily life.

Graphic abstract

A flexible and adhesive SERS active tape decorated with silver nanorods (AgNRs) arrays was constructed through a “paste & peel off” method. It can be used as a versatile in situ analysis platform for various applications.


SERS Noninvasive analysis “Paste & Peel off” process Tetramethylthiuram disulfide Thiabendazole Oblique angle deposition Detection Fluorescence quenching 



This study was financially supported by the China Academy of Engineering Physics for the sponsored research (TCSQ2016203), the Basic Science Center Project of NSFC (no. 51788104), the Radiochemical Discipline 909 Funds by the China Academy of Engineering Physics (no. XK909-2), the Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 21501157, 51531006, and 51572148), and the key project of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (grant no. 2016YFE0104000).

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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jiaolai Jiang
    • 1
  • Sumeng Zou
    • 2
  • Yingru Li
    • 1
  • Fengtong Zhao
    • 2
  • Jun Chen
    • 1
  • Shaofei Wang
    • 1
  • Haoxi Wu
    • 1
  • Jingsong Xu
    • 1
  • Mingfu Chu
    • 1
  • Junsheng Liao
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zhengjun Zhang
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of MaterialsChina Academy of Engineering PhysicsMianyangPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials (MOE), School of Materials Science and EngineeringTsinghua UniversityBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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