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Novel pH sensing redox wire based on a polyamide homopolymer of L-tryptophan

McLister, A, Lowry, N, Anderson, A, McHugh, J and Davis, J (2015) Novel pH sensing redox wire based on a polyamide homopolymer of L-tryptophan. Fibers and Polymers, 16 . pp. 2294-2297. [Journal article]

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The redox profile obtained from an electrochemically oxidised polyamide homopolymer containing L-tryptophan is shown to serve as a versatile molecular wire for monitoring pH. The transformation of the polypeptide is examined and the optimisation of the electrode-redox wire interface was conducted in order to enhance the electrochemical signature. Voltammetric interrogation of the modified polymer reveals the creation of quinoid functionality which can be efficiently addressed through interaction with nanofractured carbon surfaces. Preliminary voltammetric and XPS characterisation was conducted and a Nernstian response (−0.060 V/pH) was observed (pH 3–8) and as such could be used as a key component in the design of new pH probes.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Electrode, pH, sensor, tryptophan
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Engineering Research Institute
Engineering Research Institute > Nanotechnology & Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC)
ID Code:32622
Deposited By: Professor James Davis
Deposited On:26 Nov 2015 12:41
Last Modified:26 Nov 2015 12:41

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