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Keywords:

  • organic electrochemical transistors;
  • organic thin film transistors;
  • glucose sensors;
  • glucose oxidase;
  • carbon nanotubes;
  • Pt nanoparticles

Abstract

Organic electrochemical transistors with glucose oxidase-modified Pt gate electrodes are successfully used as highly sensitive glucose sensors. The gate electrodes are modified with nanomaterials (multi-wall carbon nanotubes or Pt nanoparticles) for the first time, which results in a dramatic improvement in the sensitivity of the devices. The detection limit of the device modified with Pt nanoparticles on the gate electrode is about 5 nM, which is three orders of magnitude better than a device without the nanoparticles. The improvement of the device performance can be attributed to the excellent electrocatalytic properties of the nanomaterials and more effective immobilization of enzyme on the gate electrodes. Based on the same principle, many other types of enzyme sensors with high sensitivity and low cost are expected to be realized by modifying the gate electrodes of organic electrochemical transistors with specific enzymes and nanomaterials.