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Quasi-monodimensional polyaniline nanostructures for enhanced molecularly imprinted polymer-based sensing
University Florence, Department Chemistry, I-50019 Florence, Italy.
University Brescia, Department Chemistry and Phys, CNR INFM SENSOR Lab, I-25133 Brescia, Italy.
Cranfield University, Cranfield MK43 0AL, Beds, England.
Cranfield University, Cranfield MK43 0AL, Beds, England.
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2010 (English)In: Biosensors & bioelectronics, ISSN 0956-5663, E-ISSN 1873-4235, Vol. 26, no 2, 497-503 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recent advances in nanotechnology have allowed significant progress in utilising cutting-edge techniques associated with nanomaterials and nano-fabrication to expand the scope and capability of biosensors to a new level of novelty and functionality. The aim of this work was the development and characterisation of conductive polyaniline (PANI) nanostructures for applications in electrochemical biosensing. We explore a simple, inexpensive and fast route to grow PANI nanotubes, arranged in an ordered structure directly on an electrode surface, by electrochemical polymerisation using alumina nanoporous membranes as a nano-mould. The deposited nanostructures have been characterised electrochemically and morphologically prior to grafting with a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) receptor in order to create a model sensor for catechol detection. In this way, PANI nanostructures resulted in a conductive nanowire system which allowed direct electrical connection between the electrode and the synthetic receptor (MIP). To our knowledge, this is the first example of integration between molecularly imprinted polymers and PANI nanostructured electrodes. The advantages of using nanostructures in this particular biosensing application have been evaluated by comparing the analytical performance of the sensor with an analogous non-nanostructured MIP-sensor for catechol detection that was previously developed. A significantly lower limit of detection for catechol has been obtained (29 nM, one order of magnitude), thus demonstrating that the nanostructures are capable of improving the analytical performance of the sensor. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. , 2010. Vol. 26, no 2, 497-503 p.
Keyword [en]
Polyaniline; Nanostructure; Biosensor; Molecularly imprinted polymers
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-65156DOI: 10.1016/j.bios.2010.07.063ISI: 000283804400031OAI: diva2:395068
Available from: 2011-02-04 Created: 2011-02-04 Last updated: 2013-10-04

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