Characterization of a Self-Assembled Monolayer Based on a CalixCrown-5 Derivate: Fabrication of a Chemical Sensor Sensitive to Calcium
The synthesis and self-assembled monolayer (SAM) formation of a calixcrown-5 derivative are reported. Several techniques, including electrochemistry, atomic force microscopy (AFM), Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and contact angle measurements have been applied to characterise the monolayer film designed for chemical sensor applications. The recognition properties of this SAM for metal cations has been investigated using impedance spectroscopy (IS) showing an electrochemical response proportional to calcium ion concentration in the range from 10−7 M to 10−2 M. This response is related to microscopic changes at the gold surface induced by selective binding by the immobilised calixarene.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 01 January 2010
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