Nanoengineered capsules for selective SERS analysis of biological samples Conference Paper uri icon


  • COPYRIGHT SPIE. Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only. Metal nanoparticles conjugated with DNA oligomers have been intensively studied for a variety of applications, including optical diagnostics. Assays based on aggregation of DNA-coated particles in proportion to the concentration of target analyte have not been widely adopted for clinical analysis, however, largely due to the nonspecific responses observed in complex biofluids. While sample pre-preparation such as dialysis is helpful to enable selective sensing, here we sought to prove that assay encapsulation in hollow microcapsules could remove this requirement and thereby facilitate more rapid analysis on complex samples. Gold nanoparticle-based assays were incorporated into capsules comprising polyelectrolyte multilayer (PEMs), and the response to small molecule targets and larger proteins were compared. Gold nanoparticles were able to selectively sense small Raman dyes (Rhodamine 6G) in the presence of large protein molecules (BSA) when encapsulated. A ratiometric based microRNA-17 sensing assay exhibited drastic reduction in response after encapsulation, with statistically-significant relative Raman intensity changes only at a microRNA-17 concentration of 10 nM compared to a range of 0-500 nM for the corresponding solution-phase response.

name of conference

  • Optical Diagnostics and Sensing XVIII: Toward Point-of-Care Diagnostics

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • You, Y., Schechinger, M., Locke, A., Cote, G., & McShane, M.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • You, Yil-Hwan||Schechinger, Monika||Locke, Andrea||Cote, Gerard||McShane, Mike

editor list (cited editors)

  • Coté, G. L.

publication date

  • January 2017