[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Horseradish peroxidase (HRP) was incorporated into multiwalled carbon nanotube/thionine/Au (MTAu) composite film by electro-static interactions between positively charged HRP and negatively charged MTAu composite. The results of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) confirmed adsorption of HRP on the surface of MTAu modified GC electrode. Moreover, the electrochemical results showed that HRP retained its bioactivity and bioelectrocatalytical activity, and also showed good direct electron transfer behavior on such a composite film.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)/thionine/gold nanoparticle composites were prepared by binding gold nanoparticles to the surfaces of thionine-coated carbon nanotubes. TEM images show gold nanoparticles distributed uniformly on nanotube walls and ends. UV–Vis, Raman, FT-IR, and zeta potential measurements were used to examine the properties of the resulting products. The composites demonstrate significant electrocatalytic activity for oxygen reduction. Although only gold nanoparticles were investigated here, the method could be easily extended to attach other metallic nanoparticles to the sidewalls of carbon nanotubes.
[show abstract][hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Polyaniline/multi-walled carbon nanotube/gold (PANI/MWNT/Au) composite film was synthesized via a two-step electrochemical process. First the mixture of aniline and MWNT was heated at refluxing and was electropolymerized. Then, the Au nanoparticles were dispersed into the film of PANI/MWNT by electrochemical reduction of HAuCl4. The morphology of sample was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Raman measurement indicates a well electrochemical deposition of PANI on MWNT, and XPS result confirms the formation of Au0 nanoparticles. Further, cyclic voltammograms show that the film exhibits a good electrochemical activity and electrocatalysis towards ascorbic acid. Based on these investigations, a formation mechanism of the PANI/MWNT composite film was proposed.