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Graphene functionalized architectures: surface modification of graphene from gold nanoparticles and iron complex

Grant number: 14/07705-2
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): August 19, 2014
Effective date (End): December 18, 2014
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Inorganic Chemistry
Principal researcher:Juliano Alves Bonacin
Grantee:Flávia Elisa Galdino
Supervisor abroad: Craig Edward Banks
Home Institution: Instituto de Química (IQ). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), England  
Associated to the scholarship:13/00416-2 - Studying of surface modification and gold nanoparticles from iron complex with ligand pyridyl-thio-triazole, BP.IC


Graphene has attracted immense interest to obtaining electrodes due to interesting characteristics such as high conductivity, chemical stability and low cost. However, graphene is considered a low selectivity material when it is used as electrode. One approach to solve this limitation is modifying of graphene's surface with compounds able to create the appropriate selectivity. The research proposal is to study the electrochemical behavior of modified electrode formed by graphene, gold nanoparticles (AuNp) and iron complex. This hybrid system will be assembled through adsorption a cationic compound on the surface of the graphene. An electrostatic interaction will be produced between the modified graphene and the gold nanoparticle. Thereafter, AuNP can be modified by thiol group from the ligand coordinated to iron complex. We intend to use the iron complex which have been studied on the initial project, [Fe(CN)5ptt]3- (ptt= 4-pyridyl-triazole-3-thiol or 5-(4-pyridyl)-1H-1,2,4-triazole-3-thiol). So, we will study the characteristics of this hybrid system and we are planning to test the modified electrodes in electroanalytical experiments. Modified electrode can produce interesting behavior because graphene has a high electron mobility, AuNP can promote an enhancement of electron transfer from interface to electrode and iron complex can produce the selective proprieties to electrode. The project will be executed in cooperation with Prof. Banks at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. His research group has a broad knowledge and experience in chemistry of graphene and electrochemistry, what will support us in the presented proposal. (AU)

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GALDINO, FLAVIA E.; FOSTER, CHRISTOPHER W.; BONACIN, JULIANO A.; BANKS, CRAIG E.. Exploring the electrical wiring of screen-printed configurations utilised in electroanalysis. ANALYTICAL METHODS, v. 7, n. 3, p. 1208-1214, . (14/07705-2)
GALDINO, FLAVIA E.; SMITH, JAMIE P.; KWAMOU, SOPHIE I.; KAMPOURIS, DIMITRIOS K.; INIESTA, JESUS; SMITH, GRAHAM C.; BONACIN, JULIANO A.; BANKS, CRAIG E.. Graphite Screen-Printed Electrodes Applied for the Accurate and Reagentless Sensing of pH. Analytical Chemistry, v. 87, n. 23, p. 11666-11672, . (14/07705-2)

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