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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2017, Article ID 1608056, 6 pages
Research Article

Chemical Separation on Silver Nanorods Surface Monitored by TOF-SIMS

1Faculty of Sciences, Department of Physical Chemistry, University of P. J. Šafárik in Košice, Moyzesova 11, 04154 Košice, Slovakia
2Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Physikalisches Institut, Münster, Germany
3Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Chemistry, Comenius University, Mlynská Dolina II, Bratislava, Slovakia
4SIX Center, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication, Brno University of Technology, Technická 3058/10, 31600 Brno, Czech Republic
5Institute of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of P. J. Šafárik in Košice, Park Angelinum, 04154 Košice, Slovakia

Correspondence should be addressed to Andrej Oriňak; ks.sjpu@kaniro.jerdna

Received 28 December 2016; Accepted 10 April 2017; Published 1 June 2017

Academic Editor: Victor David

Copyright © 2017 Ondrej Petruš et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The article introduces a possible chemical separation of a mixture of two compounds on the metal nanorods surface. A silver nanorods surface has been prepared by controlled electrochemical deposition in anodic alumina oxide (AAO) template. Rhodamine 6G and 4-aminothiophenol have been directly applied to the sampling point on a silver nanorods surface in an aliquot mixture. The position of the resolved compounds was analysed by time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) which measured the fragments and the molecular ions of the two compounds separated on the silver nanorods surface. Rhodamine 6G has been preconcentrated as 1.5 mm radial from the sampling point while 4-aminothiophenol formed a continuous self-assembled monolayer on the silver nanorods surface with a maximum molecular ion intensity at a distance of 0.5 mm from the sampling point. The separation of the single chemical components from the two-component mixture over the examined silver nanostructured films could clearly be shown. A fast separation on the mentioned nanotextured films was observed (within 50 s). This procedure can be easily integrated into the micro/nanofluidic systems or chips and different detection systems can be applied.