Laser-Scribed Graphene Electrodes for Aptamer-Based Biosensing

Christoph Fenzl, Pranati Nayak, Thomas Hirsch, Otto S. Wolfbeis, Husam N. Alshareef,
and Antje J. Baeumner "Laser-Scribed Graphene Electrodes for Aptamer-Based Biosensing"
​ACS Sens. 2017, 2, 616−620​
Christoph Fenzl, Pranati Nayak, Thomas Hirsch, Otto S. Wolfbeis, Husam N. Alshareef, and Antje J. Baeumner
laser-scribed graphene, biosensor, carbon nanomaterial, aptamer, immobilization, electrochemistry
​​Graphene as a transducer material has produced some of the best-performing sensing approaches to date opening the door toward integrated miniaturized all-carbon point-of-care devices. Addressing this opportunity, laser-scribed graphene (LSG) electrodes are demonstrated here as highly sensitive and reliable biosensor transducers in blood serum analysis. These flexible electrodes with large electrochemical surface areas were fabricated using a direct-write laser process on polyimide foils. A universal immobilization approach is established by anchoring 1-pyrenebutyric acid to the graphene and subsequently covalently attaching an aptamer against the coagulation factor thrombin as an exemplary bioreceptor to the carboxyl groups. The resulting biosensor displays extremely low detection limits of 1 pM in buffer and 5 pM in the complex matrix of serum.