A multiwalled carbon nanotube/dihydropyran composite film electrode for insulin detection in a microphysiometer chamber.

Snider RM, Ciobanu M, Rue AE, Cliffel DE
Anal Chim Acta. 2008 609 (1): 44-52

PMID: 18243872 · PMCID: PMC2358927 · DOI:10.1016/j.aca.2007.12.032

We have developed a multiwalled carbon nanotube/dihydropyran (MWCNT/DHP) composite sensor for the electrochemical detection of insulin in a microfluidic device. This sensor has been employed for physiological measurements of secreted insulin from pancreatic islets in a Cytosensor previously modified to be a multianalyte microphysiometer (MAMP). When compared with other established electrochemical insulin sensors, the MWCNT/DHP composite film sensor presented improved resistance to fluidic shear forces, while achieving enhanced electrode kinetics. In addition, the preparation of the composite film is straightforward and facile with a self-polymerizing monomer, DHP, used to add mechanical stability to the film. The sensor film was able to detect insulin concentrations as low as 1muM in the MAMP during calibration experiments. The MWCNT/DHP composite sensor has been successfully used for the direct detection of insulin secreted by islets in the microphysiometer.

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Calibration Electrodes Insulin Nanotubes, Carbon Oxidation-Reduction Pyrans

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