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Tuning interfacial energy barriers in heterojunctions for anti‐interference sensing

  • Zhao, M
  • Yu, J
  • Zhang, X
  • Li, Z
  • Ding, Y
  • Edel, JB
  • Ma, Y
  • Li, H
Publication Date
Nov 03, 2020
UPCommons. Portal del coneixement obert de la UPC


Analytes with similar redox properties are normally difficult to distinguish through classic electrochemical methods. This becomes especially true for the on‐site detection in seawater where the high salinity and complex chemical components can impose severe interference. Hereby introducing numerous nanoscale heterojunctions in the Cu/CuO/reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/polypyrrole (PPy) and Cu/CuO/rGO/chitosan electrochemical sensors, tunable interfacial energy barriers to exponentially regulate the electrochemical signal can be constructed. Importantly, these energy barriers are independent to redox but closely related to the electrostatic interaction from absorbed charged analytes such as Hg2+ and Cu2+. Moreover, the similar sensing principle is also valid for the energy barriers in p‐n junctions as demonstrated in the Ni/NiO/ZnO/PPy sensor. The good anti‐interference properties and ultrahigh sensitivity of this sensing mode offers new opportunities in trace analyte detection in harsh environments such as seawater.

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