Design and characterization of Electrochemical Sensors for Organic Bioelectronics

Mariani, Federica (2020) Design and characterization of Electrochemical Sensors for Organic Bioelectronics, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Chimica, 32 Ciclo. DOI 10.48676/unibo/amsdottorato/9382.
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This Ph.D. Thesis concerns the design and characterisation of functional electrochemical interfaces in organic electronic devices for bioelectronic applications. The Thesis is structured as follows: Chapter I – Technological context that has inspired the research, introduction to Organic Bioelectronics and literature review concerning Organic Electrochemical Transistors (OECTs) for sensing applications. Chapter II – Working principle of an all-polymeric OECT and operando microscopic characterization using scanning electrochemical techniques. Chapter III – Dopamine detection with all-polymeric OECT sensors. Development of a potentiodynamic approach to address selectivity issues in the presence of interfering species and design of a needle-type, sub-micrometric OECT sensor for spatially resolved detection of biological Dopamine concentrations. Chapter IV – Development of an OECT pH sensor. Characterization of the electrochemical transducer and functionalization of the OECT gate electrode with the sensing material. Potentiodynamic and potentiostatic operation modalities are explored and the sensing performances are assessed in both cases. The final device is realized on a flexible substrate and tested in Artificial Sweat. Chapter V – Study of two-terminal, electrochemically gated sensors inspired by the OECT configuration. Design and characterization of novel functional materials showing a potentiometric transduction of the chemical signal that can be exploited in the realization of electrochemical sensors with simplified geometry for wearable applications. Chapter VI – Conclusion.

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Mariani, Federica
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electrochemical sensor; organic electronics; bioelectronics; electrochemical gating; conducting polymer
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25 Marzo 2020

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