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Fabrication and Electrocatalysis of Self-Assembly Directed Gold Nanoparticles Anchored Carbon Nanotubes Modified Electrode

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A self-assembly directed approach was adopted to modify glassy carbon electrode (GC) with gold nanoparticles incorporation and the electrocatalytic performance of self-assembly modified electrode, GC/SA-Au-MEwas critically evaluated for the oxidation of ascorbic acid (AA). The modification involves the dispersion of multi-wall carbon nanotube (MWNT) and an inclusion complex, -cyclodextrin-4-aminothiophenol on the surface of GC electrode in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). Gold nanoparticles were deposited into the self-assembled sites to fabricate the modified electrode, GC/SA-Au-ME. Another electrode (GC-Au-ME) was fabricated under similar conditions in the absence of CTAB. The electrocatalytic activity of the modified electrodes (GC/SA-Au-MEand GC-Au-ME) towards the oxidation of AA was critically compared. Cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry, and double potential chronoamperometry were used to evaluate the characteristics of the modified electrodes. The self-assembled electrode (GC/SA-Au-ME) shows excellent electrocatalytic activity over the other electrode, GC-Au-ME. Augmented current response, faster electron transfer kinetics (with a rate constant for electron transfer process as 3.25 × 104 cm3 mol−1 s−1), linear range of response for the analyte (1–50 mM with an extended detection limit to 1 M), better sensitivity, and selectivity were witnessed for the self-assembly directed modified electrode.
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Keywords: CARBON NANOTUBE; ELECTROCATALYSIS; GOLD NANOPARTICLES; MODIFIED ELECTRODE; SELF-ASSEMBLY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2006-06-01

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