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Carbon nanotube electrodes for electrochemiluminescence biosensors

Elsevier Ltd
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DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2010.09.231
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science


Abstract The present application is based on the use of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for biomolecular analysis using electrochemiluminescence (ECL) detection technique [1]. For this purpose we have grown self standing cylinder-shaped blocks of multi-wall CNTs (MWCNTs) by means of a catalytic chemical vapour deposition system, fed by camphor and ferrocene gases. The blocks were subsequently back-contacted and encapsulated into epoxy resin as electrical insulator and sealant, for their use as voltammetric electrodes. A ruthenium-complex solution has been used as ECL label. It has been observed a periodical light emission that lasts for hundreds of cycles, likely due to the CNTs structure. Thanks to a data-processing algorithm which exploits this behavior, the experiments show that it is possible to obtain a great increase in detection limit as compared to the common working metal electrodes (for example Au or Pt).

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