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Electrochemistry Communications 2012, 22(), 105-108

Surfactants show both large positive and negative effects on observed electron transfer rates at thermally reduced graphenes

The use of surfactants is ubiquitous in the production of graphene and its analogs as well as their stabilization in solution due to their hydrophobicity causing significant aggregation in aqueous media. Several redox probes ([Fe(CN)(6)](4-/3-), [Ru(NH3)(6)](2+/3+), Fe-aq(2+/3+)) were employed to assess the effect of various surfactants on the electrochemical responses of glassy carbon (GC) as well as thermally reduced graphene oxide (TRGO) modified GC electrodes. Anionic (sodium cholate. sodium dodecyl sulfate) as well as cationic (cetrimonium bromide) surfactants were used in this investigation. The presence of these surfactants was shown to have varying influences on peak-to-peak separation (Delta E) and faster/slower observed heterogeneous electron transfer (HET) values depending on the nature of the probe as well as type of surfactant. Careful consideration of control experiments is recommended to aid in determining a material's electrochemical performance. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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