Electrodeposition study of ODN : SWCNT hybrids on gold substrates
Date of this Version5-19-2008
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Sonication of short single-stranded DNA (oligodeoxyribonucleotide; ODN) with Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWCNTs) greatly facilitates the dispersion of SWCNTs from entangled ropes in an aqueous solution, creating ODN:SWCNT hybrids. Electrodeposition has been investigated to determine if well-dispersed ODN :SWCNT hybrids on a metal substrate can be created. Preliminary studies indicate that electrodeposition using an Au substrate held at +0.5 V produces ODN: SWCNT hybrids that are uniformly deposited across the Au substrate. This result can be compared to samples produced by drop casting and evaporation techniques which yield a thick tangled mat of ODN :SWCNT hybrids across the substrate. The resulting electrodeposited samples were characterized using Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM) and X-ray Photoemission Spectroscopy (XPS) techniques.
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