Characteristics of pH sensors fabricated by using protein-mediated CdSe/ZnS quantum dots

S. Maikap*, A. Prakash, W. Banerjee, Anirban Das, C. S. Lai

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The pH sensors using protein-mediated CdSe/ZnS quantum dots in an electrolyte-insulator-semiconductor (EIS) structure have been investigated. The hydrophobic cylindrical cavity of the chaperonin (GroEL) protein template was used to trap CdSe/ZnS quantum dots on hydrophobically treated SiO2 surface. The CdSe/ZnS quantum dot with a small diameter of 3.98 nm is observed by atomic force microscope. A fair pH response with a sensitivity of 39 mV/pH and a linearity of 99.48% are obtained by using CdSe/ZnS quantum dot based EIS sensor, while those values are found to be 53 mV/pH and 99.95% for bare SiO2 based EIS pH sensors. The pH response and linearity of CdSe/ZnS based quantum dot sensors are inferior (slightly) as compared to the bare SiO2 sensors owing to the initial negative charges of CdSe quantum dots membrane, which has been explained by energy band diagrams. It is expected that this kind of quantum dot membrane can be useful in future bio-molecule detections. Crown

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)747-752
Number of pages6
JournalMicroelectronics Reliability
Issue number5
StatePublished - 05 2010


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