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Porous Graphitized Carbon Monolith as an Electrode Material for Probing Direct Bioelectrochemistry and Selective Detection of Hydrogen Peroxide

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posted on 2023-05-17, 11:06 authored by He, X, Zhou, L, Nesterenko, EP, Nesterenko, PN, Brett PaullBrett Paull, Omamogho, JO, Glennon, JD, Luong, JHT
For the first time, graphitized carbon particles with a high surface area have been prepared and evaluated as a new material for probing direct electrochemistry of hemoglobin (Hb). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging revealed that the carbon monolithic skeleton was constructed by a series of mesopores with irregular shapes and an average pore diameter of ¡­5.6 nm. With a surface area of 239.6 m2/g, carbon particles exhibited three major Raman peaks as commonly observed for carbon nanotubes and other carbon materials, i.e., the sp3 and sp2 carbon phases coexisted in the sample. A glassy carbon electrode modified with carbon monoliths and didodecyldimethylammonium bromide exhibited direct electron transfer between Hb molecules and the underlying electrode with a transfer rate constant of 6.87 s−1. The enzyme electrode displayed a pair of quasi-reversible reduction−oxidation peaks at −0.128 and −0.180 V, reflecting the well-known feature of the heme [Fe3+/Fe2+] redox couple: a surface-controlled electrochemical process with one electron transfer. This reagentless biosensing approach was capable of detecting H2O2, a simple molecule but plays an important role in analytical and biological chemistry, as low as 0.1 ¥ìM with linearity of 0.1−60 ¥ìM and a response time of <0.8 s, comparing favorably with other carbon based electrodes (5 s).


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Analytical Chemistry










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American Chemical Society

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