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Thin carbon films as elctrodes for bioelectronic applications

Dünne Kohlenstoffschichten als Elektroden für bioelektronische Anwendungen


Biosensors & bioelectronics 13 (1998), No.7-8, pp.889-894
ISSN: 0956-5663
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IIS B ( IISB) ()
bioelectronics; Carbon electrode; diamond-like carbon; electrochemistry; Thin carbon films

Thin film diamond-like carbon (DLC) electrodes were fabricated by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering on silicon, silicon oxide, and platinum substrates. The dependence of physical and electrochemical properties on process parameters like temperature, pressure, and incident power was investigated. We deposited carbon layers with hydrogen concentrations below 1 per cent. Therefore, the resistivity was minimized to a value of 30 m Ohm cm. The low surface roughness of all DLC films leaded to a small double-layer capacity of 37 AF/cm2. A large electrochemical bandwidth and a nearly ideal reversibility was shown and compared to the properties of conventional glassy carbon electrodes. The applicability of the DLC electrodes to electrochemical investigations and bioelectronic applications was demonstrated.