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Multiple-Stimuli Responsive Bioelectrocatalysis Based on Reduced Graphene Oxide/Poly(N‑isopropylacrylamide) Composite Films and Its Application in the Fabrication of Logic Gates

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posted on 11.03.2015, 00:00 by Lei Wang, Wenjing Lian, Huiqin Yao, Hongyun Liu
In the present work, reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/poly­(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAA) composite films were electrodeposited onto the surface of Au electrodes in a fast and one-step manner from an aqueous mixture of a graphene oxide (GO) dispersion and N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAA) monomer solutions. Reflection–absorption infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopies were employed to characterize the successful construction of the rGO/PNIPAA composite films. The rGO/PNIPAA composite films exhibited reversible potential-, pH-, temperature-, and sulfate-sensitive cyclic voltammetric (CV) on–off behavior to the electroactive probe ferrocenedicarboxylic acid (Fc­(COOH)2). For instance, after the composite films were treated at −0.7 V for 7 min, the CV responses of Fc­(COOH)2 at the rGO/PNIPAA electrodes were quite large at pH 8.0, exhibiting the on state. However, after the films were treated at 0 V for 30 min, the CV peak currents became much smaller, demonstrating the off state. The mechanism of the multiple-stimuli switchable behaviors for the system was investigated not only by electrochemical methods but also by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The potential-responsive behavior for this system was mainly attributed to the transformation between rGO and GO in the films at different potentials. The film system was further used to realize multiple-stimuli responsive bioelectrocatalysis of glucose catalyzed by the enzyme of glucose oxidase and mediated by the electroactive probe of Fc­(COOH)2 in solution. On the basis of this, a four-input enabled OR (EnOR) logic gate network was established.

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