Patternable nanowire sensors for electrochemical recording of dopamine

P. Tyagi, D. Postetter, D. L. Saragnese, C. L. Randall, M. A. Mirski, D. H. Gracias

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Spatially resolved electrochemical recording of neurochemicals is difficult due to the challenges associated with producing nanometer-scale patternable and integrated sensors. We describe the lithographic fabrication and characterization of patternable gold (Au) nanowire (NW) based sensors for the electrochemical recording of dopamine (DA). We demonstrate a straightforward NW-size-independent approach to align contact pads to NWs. Sensors, with NW widths as small as 30 nm, exhibited considerable insensitivity to scan rates during cyclic voltammetry, a nonlinear increase in oxidation current with increasing NW width, and the selectivity to measure submaximal synaptic concentrations of DA in the presence of interfering ascorbic acid. The electrochemical sensitivity of Au NW electrode sensors was much larger than that of Au thin-film electrodes. In chronoamperometric measurements, the NW sensors were found to be sensitive for submicromolar concentration of DA. Hence, the patternable NW sensors represent an attractive platform for electrochemical sensing and recording.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9979-9984
Number of pages6
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 15 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry


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