Boosting the electrochemical properties of diamond electrodes using carbon nanotube scaffolds

Abstract : Diamond is a very attractive electrode material for analytical measurements including for instance bio-sensing. However, it suffers from a relatively low double layer capacitance and high impedance when it comes to the development of supercapacitors or neural interfaces, applications for which it could also be extremely promising. One way to increase the double layer capacitance of the material is to increase its specific surface area. Here we propose to use vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNTs) with high surface areas as a template onto which boron doped diamond is grown. The resulting composite was found to exhibit a double layer capacitance as high as 0.58 mF cm−2 and very low impedance when compared to planar diamond electrodes in phosphate buffer saline solution. The influence of the VACNT length as well as of the thickness of the diamond coatings on the electrode performances were also investigated and are discussed in this paper.
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Clément Hébert, Jean Paul Mazellier, Emmanuel Scorsone, Michel Mermoux, Philippe Bergonzo. Boosting the electrochemical properties of diamond electrodes using carbon nanotube scaffolds. Carbon, Elsevier, 2014, 71, pp.27 - 33. ⟨10.1016/j.carbon.2013.12.083⟩. ⟨cea-01832125⟩

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