GONUL BASAR, Istanbul University, Faculty of Science, Physics Department, 34134 Vezneciler, Istanbul, Turkey; GUNAY BASAR, Technical University of Istanbul, Faculty of Science and Letters, Physics Engineering Department, 80626 Maslak, Istanbul, Turkey; SOPHIE KROGER, HEINAR SCHMIDT AND H. DETLEF KRONFELDT, Institute fur Optik und Atomare Physik, Technical University Berlin, Hardenbergstrasse 36, 10623 Berlin, Germany.
Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS), using silver, gold, or other noble metals as substrate, compared with the traditional Raman technique, is a powerful in-situ technique for trace analysis in the environment. One of the important applications of SERS is the trace analysis in sea water. To understand the complex SERS spectra measured in sea water, there is a need to investigate the SERS spectra of possible chemicals in sea water. Short-chain fatty acids may be one of the members of these chemicals. These acids are metabolite of bacteria at the ocean floor. In this work, the SERS spectra of propionic acid and the interaction of propionic acid with a sol-gel embedded silver colloid SERS-substrate are investigated. Additionally the dependence of the SERS signal on the concentrations of propionic acid in water dilution is determined.