Ultra-sensitive carbon based molecular sensors
Date of Issue2014
School of Materials Science and Engineering
Institute for Sports Research
Loughborough University (School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)
This thesis presented the study of carbon-based materials for ultra-sensitive molecular sensing. Reduced Graphene Oxide (rGO), a 2-dimensional one-atomic layer thick carbon material, had the advantage of low-cost, aqueous and industrial-scalable production route. Using rGO as the transducer platform could potentially lower the cost of sensors down to a few dollars per chip. However, there were still limitations in rGO that prevented its widespread usage as a biosensor transducer or in electronics: its low electrical conductivity and large electrical deviations. This thesis was structured to understand and solve these problems for transducer application.