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FARIA, Dalva L. A. de; TEMPERINI, Marcia L. A.  and  SALA, Oswaldo. Twenty years of SERS. Quím. Nova [online]. 1999, vol.22, n.4, pp.541-552. ISSN 0100-4042.

The Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) effect was observed for the first time in 1974, but it was only considered a new effect three years later, hence, nearly twenty years ago. Since its discovery, a significant amount of investigations have been performed aiming at to clarify the nature of the observed enhancement, to improve the surface stability and to establish applications which nowadays range from the study of biomolecules to catalysis. Some of the more relevant aspects of this effect which have been examined across the last two decades are summarized in this paper which presents the introductory aspects of SERS alongside with several of its applications.

Keywords : SERS; Raman; spectroscopy.

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