The surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) capabilities of silver nanoparticles is studied in this experiment by estimating the their analytical enhancement and surface enhancement factors. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of SERS.
The full citation is here: Pavel, I. E.; Alnajjar, K. S, Monahan, J. L, Stahler, A., Hunter, N. E., Weaver, K. M. Baker, J. D., Meyerhoefer, A. J., Dolson, D. A. J. Chem. Educ. 2012, 89, 286–290 and a link to the article is provided below (subscription to the journal required).