Layer-by-layer assembly of carbon nanotubes incorporated in light-addressable potentiometric sensors

José R. Siqueira, Carl F. Werner, Matthias Bäcker, Arshak Poghossian, Valtencir Zucolotto, Osvaldo N. Oliveira, Michael J. Schon̈ing

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The integration of carbon nanotubes in conjunction with a chemical or biological recognition element into a semiconductor field-effect device (FED) may lead to new (bio)chemical sensors. In this study, we present a new concept to develop field-effect-based sensors, using a light-addressable potentiometric sensor (LAPS) platform modified with layer-by-layer (LbL) films of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers. Film growth was monitored for each layer adsorbed on the LAPS chip by measuring current-voltage (I/V) curves. The morphology of the films was analyzed via atomic force microscopy (AFM) and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), revealing the formation of a highly interconnected nanostructure of SWNTs-network into the dendrimer layers. Constant current (CC) measurements showed that the incorporation of the PAMAM/SWNT LbL film containing up to 6 bilayers onto the LAPS structure has a high pH sensitivity of ca. 58 mV/pH. The biosensing ability of the devices was tested for penicillin G via adsorptive immobilization of the enzyme penicillinase atop the LbL film. LAPS architectures modified with the LbL film exhibited higher sensitivity, ca. 100 mV/decade, in comparison to ca. 79 mV/decade for an unmodified LAPS, which demonstrates the potential application of the CNT-LbL structure in field-effect-based (bio)chemical sensors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14765-14770
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Aug 20
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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