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

Author(s): Anik Ülkü | Çevik Serdar | Pumera Martin

Journal: Nanoscale Research Letters
ISSN 1931-7573

Volume: 5;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 846;
Date: 2010;
Original page

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

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.
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