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Hybrid platinum nanoparticle ensemble for the electrocatalytic oxidation of H2O2: Toward nanostructured biosensor design

Authors
Journal
Electrochemistry Communications
1388-2481
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
28
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.elecom.2012.11.039
Keywords
  • Nanoparticle Ensemble
  • Nanostructured Electrode
  • H2O2 Electrocatalysis
Disciplines
  • Chemistry

Abstract

Abstract This paper reports the electrocatalysis of H2O2 oxidation by Langmuir–Blodgett (LB) thin films based on polymer-grafted platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs). 4-mercaptoaniline-functionalized PtNPs have been chemically modified to obtain poly(methacrylic acid)-grafted platinum nanoparticles (PMAA-PtNP) via surface-ATRP. These elementary bricks are used to form mixed LB films consisting of controlled mixtures of PMAA-PtNP and a redox-inactive fatty acid molecule to tune the PtNP surface density. Nanostructures are formed in which the number of layers and the number of particles in each layer may be varied. The nanostructure morphology strongly depends on the amount of PtNP. High Pt content leads to quite large nanoparticle domains whereas low content gives small domains with a finely divided nanostructure. The H2O2 oxidation current increases when the PMAA-PtNP surface density decreases. This result is discussed in terms of electrocatalyst accessibility modification related to the nanostructure of the films.

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