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Response time of nanofluidic electrochemical sensors

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Nanofluidic thin-layer cells count among the most sensitive electrochemical sensors built to date. Here we study both experimentally and theoretically the factors that limit the response time of these sensors. We find that the key limiting factor is reversible adsorption of the analyte molecules to the surfaces of the nanofluidic system, a direct consequence of its high surface-to-volume ratio. Our results suggest several means of improving the response time of the sensor, including optimizing the device geometry and tuning the electrode biasing scheme so as to minimize adsorption.

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14 Nov 2011
02 Feb 2012
First published
24 Feb 2012

Lab Chip, 2012,12, 1262-1267
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Response time of nanofluidic electrochemical sensors

S. Kang, K. Mathwig and S. G. Lemay, Lab Chip, 2012, 12, 1262
DOI: 10.1039/C2LC21104A

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