Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)

Program

Chemistry

Date of Award

5-2017

Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Dr. Gregory W. Bishop

Committee Members

Dr. Marina Roginskaya, Dr. Dane W. Scott

Abstract

Screen-printed electrodes (SPEs) have found wide use as sensing platforms due to their simple fabrication, customizability in terms of geometry and composition, and relatively low cost of production. Nanoparticles have been incorporated in or interfaced with SPEs in order to improve sensor response or provide electrocatalytic capabilities. Though nanomaterial-modified SPEs are becoming increasingly common sensing platforms, the benefits provided by nanomaterials are often determined through voltammetric studies with common redox probes, such as ferricyanide. However, recent reports have documented the ferri-/ferrocyanide redox couple to be an unreliable system for characterizing some carbon-based electrodes due to the dependence of its electrochemical response on electrode surface effects unrelated to electroactive surface area. In the current studies, we have investigated the voltammetric responses of ferricyanide and other redox probes on bare and gold nanoparticle (AuNP)-modified screen-printed carbon electrodes to determine the potential role of AuNPs in improving sensor response through electrochemical signal enhancement.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Copyright

Copyright by the authors.

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