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In-Depth Electrochemical Investigation of Surface Attachment Chemistry via Carbodiimide Coupling.

Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids (2015-06-25)
Marsilea Adela Booth, Karthik Kannappan, Ali Hosseini, Ashton Partridge
ABSTRACT

Aminoferrocene is used as an electroactive indicator to investigate carbodiimide coupling reactions on a carboxylic acid-functionalized self-assembled monolayer. The commonly used attachment chemistry with 1-ethyl-3-(3-(dimethylamino)propyl)carbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC) and N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS) is used for surface activation. A number of conditions are investigated, including EDC and NHS concentration, buffer solutions, incubation timing, and aminoferrocene concentration. Ferrocene is a well-documented electroactive species, and the number of surface-bound ferrocene species can be calculated using electrochemical methods. This capability allows determination of optimal conditions, as well as providing a method for comparing and investigating novel carboxylated surfaces. An EDC-mediated procedure with ∼5 mM EDC and NHS (1:1) made in water, with a full acid monolayer, with 250 μM aminoferrocene for 40 min was found to give the highest ferrocene attachment. An application of this is demonstrated for preparing a probe-DNA-coated surface for DNA sensing. By backfilling with aminoferrocene, a differential quantification of the amount of probe DNA available for sensing can be obtained. This provides an elegant method to monitor an important aspect, namely, probe surface characterization, which will be highly useful for biosensing purposes.

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