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Graphitic Petal Nanosheets for Electrochemical Biosensing

posted Jun 14, 2013, 8:43 AM by Timothy Fisher   [ updated Jun 16, 2013, 5:57 AM by Tim Fisher ]

Student: Kwesi Adarkwa

Faculty: Tim Fisher, Marshall Porterfield (ABE)

Sponsor: Purdue TRASK Fund

Summary: Hybridization of nanoscale metals and carbon nanotubes into composite nanomaterials has produced some of the best-performing sensors to date. The challenge remains to develop scalable nanofabrication methods that are amenable to the development of sensors with broad sensing ranges. This work involves a scalable nanostructured biosensor based on multilayered graphene petal nanosheets (MGPNs), Pt nanoparticles, and a biorecognition element (glucose oxidase). The combination of zero-dimensional nano- particles on a two-dimensional support that is arrayed in the third dimension creates a sensor platform with exceptional characteristics. The versatility of the biosensor platform is demonstrated by altering biosensor performance (i.e., sensitivity, detection limit, and linear sensing range) through changing the size, density, and morphology of electrodeposited Pt nanoparticles on the MGPNs. This work enables a robust sensor design that demonstrates exceptional performance with enhanced glucose sensitivity (0.3 μM detection limit, 0.01–50 mM linear sensing range), a long stable shelf-life (>1 month), and a high selectivity over electroactive, interfering species commonly found in human serum samples.

Representative Paper: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adfm.201200551/abstract