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Facile Electrochemical Hydrogenation and Chlorination of Glassy Carbon to Produce Highly Reactive and Uniform Surfaces for Stable Anchoring of Thiolated Molecules
Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain.
Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain.
Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6889-0351
Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain and ICREA, Barcelona, Spain.
2014 (English)In: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, EISSN 1521-3765, Vol. 20, no 25, 7646-7654 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Carbon is a highly adaptable family of materials and is one of the most chemically stable materials known, providing a remarkable platform for the development of tunable molecular interfaces. Herein, we report a two-step process for the electrochemical hydrogenation of glassy carbon followed by either chemical or electrochemical chlorination to provide a highly reactive surface for further functionalization. The carbon surface at each stage of the process is characterized by AFM, SEM, Raman, attenuated total reflectance (ATR) FTIR, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and electroanalytical techniques. Electrochemical chlorination of hydrogen-terminated surfaces is achieved in just 5 min at room temperature with hydrochloric acid, and chemical chlorination is performed with phosphorus pentachloride at 50 °C over a three-hour period. A more controlled and uniform surface is obtained using the electrochemical approach, as chemical chlorination is observed to damage the glassy carbon surface. A ferrocene-labeled alkylthiol is used as a model system to demonstrate the genericity and potential application of the highly reactive chlorinated surface formed, and the methodology is optimized. This process is then applied to thiolated DNA, and the functionality of the immobilized DNA probe is demonstrated. XPS reveals the covalent bond formed to be a CS bond. The thermal stability of the thiolated molecules anchored on the glassy carbon is evaluated, and is found to be far superior to that on gold surfaces. This is the first report on the electrochemical hydrogenation and electrochemical chlorination of a glassy carbon surface, and this facile process can be applied to the highly stable functionalization of carbon surfaces with a plethora of diverse molecules, finding widespread applications.

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Wiley-VCH Verlagsgesellschaft, 2014. Vol. 20, no 25, 7646-7654 p.
Keyword [en]
carbon, chlorination, electrochemistry, hydrogenation, thiolated
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Materials Chemistry
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-107960DOI: 10.1002/chem.201402051ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84902437018OAI: diva2:728343
Available from: 2014-06-24 Created: 2014-06-24 Last updated: 2015-10-22Bibliographically approved

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