Materials: The first graphene-based chiral sensor

03-Aug-2011 - China

A reusable, natural and cheap amylose-functionalised graphene sensor was developed for highly sensitive and visual fluorescent chiral sensing by a team in China.

The team found that the sensor’s detection sensitivity toward L-tryptophan was over 100 times higher than that of recently reported electrochemical sensors and colorimetric sensors. In comparison with commonly used DNA or peptides as a probe, natural amylose is more attractive because it’s cheap, readily available, simple to manipulate and is reusable.

The specific selectivity for tryptophan enantiomers towards other essential amino acids allows potential chiroselective analysis of tryptophan in complex samples such as biological fluids. This design can, in principle, be implemented for other target molecules that can form an inclusion complex with amylase, say the researchers.

Original publication

W Wei, K Qu, J Ren and X Qu, Chem. Sci., 2011.

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