Fabrication and characterization of carbon nanotube array electrodes with gold nanoparticle tips

YeoHeung Yun*, Zhongyun Dong, Vesselin N. Shanov, Amos Doepke, William R. Heineman, H. Brian Halsall, Amit Bhattacharya, Danny K Y Wong, Mark J. Schulz

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In this work we fabricated 8 mm long aligned multi-walled carbon nanotube array electrodes and electrochemically deposited gold nanoparticles in a controlled manner onto the nanotube tips at the top of the array. A soldering technique was also developed to provide reliable electrical contact between the carbon nanotubes at the bottom of the array and copper on a patterned printed circuit board. The top surfaces of the nanotube tower electrodes were activated using a reactive ion etcher prior to gold deposition. Electrodeposition of Au particles on the plasma-treated tower electrodes was performed over a range of deposition times and potentials. Cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy analyses showed that the Au-deposited carbon nanotube array electrodes were successfully fabricated. The new electrodes will be the foundation for further biosensor development using self-assembled monolayers and bio-conjugation of antibodies for novel label-free immunosensing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-212
Number of pages5
JournalSensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2008


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