Facile fabrication of three-dimensional graphene microspheres using β-cyclodextrin aggregates as substrates and their application for midecamycin sensing

Xiaofei Zhu, Jingkun Xu, Xuemin Duan*, Limin Lu, Kaixin Zhang, Yansha Gao, Liqi Dong, Hui Sun

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Abstract

Three-dimensional (3D) graphene (GR) microspheres have been successfully prepared for the first time using a simple, easy and green method using β-cyclodextrin aggregates (β-CDAs) as substrates, which could be easily obtained from concentrated aqueous solutions of β-CD. The 3D GR/β-CDAs composites synthesized were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. A possible formation mechanism was derived. The as-prepared 3D GR/β-CDAs microspheres provided multidimensional electron transport pathways, and this has been exploited in an electrode material for the electrocatalytic oxidation of midecamycin (MD), a widely used macrolide antibiotic. Electrochemical results indicated that the as-prepared 3D GR/β-CDAs microspheres exhibited a higher electrocatalytic activity towards MD oxidation than two-dimensional (2D) GR or β-CDAs, which could be mainly attributed to the improved electrical properties and large surface area of the composite and the high recognition and enrichment capability of β-CDAs. Under optimal conditions, the peak currents on a 3D GR/β-CDA microsphere modified electrode increased linearly with the concentration of MD in the range 0.07-250 μM. The detection limit of MD reached 20 nM (S/N = 3). The present method is promising for the synthesis of high-performance catalysts for sensors, fuel cells and gas-phase catalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77469-77477
Number of pages9
JournalRSC Advances
Volume5
Issue number94
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015
Externally publishedYes

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