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Effect of Nitric Acid “Washing” Procedure on Electrochemical Behavior of Carbon Nanotubes and Glassy Carbon μ-Particles

Ülkü Anik1*, Serdar Çevik1 and Martin Pumera2

Author Affiliations

1 Faculty of Arts and Science, Chemistry Department, Mugla University, 48000, Kötekli, Mugla, Turkiye

2 Division of Chemistry & Biological Chemistry, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, SPMS-CBC-04-07, 21 Nanyang Link, Singapore, 637371, Singapore

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2010, 5:846-852  doi:10.1007/s11671-010-9573-6

Published: 16 March 2010

Abstract

The electroanalytic performances of glassy carbon paste electrode (GCPE), multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)-GCPE and double-walled carbon nanotube (DWCNT)-GCPE, which include HNO3 washed/unwashed materials, were compared by monitoring cyclic voltammograms of potassium ferricyanide and catechol. Electrodes were prepared by introducing proper amount of DWCNT and MWCNT into GCPE. First untreated materials (DWCNT, MWCNT, GC μ-particles) were used in the electrodes and then HNO3-treated materials were utilized for comparing difference in electrochemical performances. The effect of treatment procedure was also examined by applying Raman spectroscopy to treated and untreated materials. Moreover, TEM images were obtained for further investigation of MWCNT and DWCNT.

Keywords:
Glassy carbon μ-particle; Double-walled carbon nanotube; Multi-walled carbon nanotube; Glassy carbon paste electrode