Organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs) are bioelectronic devices able to bridge electronic and biological domains with especially high amplification and configurational versatility and thus stand out as promising platforms for healthcare applications and portable sensing technologies. Here, we have optimized the synthesis of two pH-sensitive composites of PEDOT (poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)) doped with pH dyes (BTB and MO, i.e., Bromothymol Blue and Methyl Orange, respectively), showing their ability to successfully convert the pH into an electrical signal. The PEDOT:BTB composite, which exhibited the best performance, was used as the gate electrode to develop an OECT sensor for pH monitoring that can reliably operate in a two-fold transduction mode with super-Nernstian sensitivity. When the OECT transconductance is employed as analytical signal, a sensitivity of 93 ± 8 mV pH unit-1is achieved by successive sampling in aqueous electrolytes. When the detection is carried out by dynamically changing the pH of the same medium, the offset gate voltage of the OECT shifts by (1.1 ± 0.3) × 102mV pH unit-1. As a further step, the optimized configuration was realized on a PET substrate, and the performance of the resulting flexible OECT was assessed in artificial sweat within a medically relevant pH range.

PEDOT: Dye-Based, Flexible Organic Electrochemical Transistor for Highly Sensitive pH Monitoring

F. Mariani;I. Gualandi;M. Tessarolo;B. Fraboni;E. Scavetta
2018

Abstract

Organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs) are bioelectronic devices able to bridge electronic and biological domains with especially high amplification and configurational versatility and thus stand out as promising platforms for healthcare applications and portable sensing technologies. Here, we have optimized the synthesis of two pH-sensitive composites of PEDOT (poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)) doped with pH dyes (BTB and MO, i.e., Bromothymol Blue and Methyl Orange, respectively), showing their ability to successfully convert the pH into an electrical signal. The PEDOT:BTB composite, which exhibited the best performance, was used as the gate electrode to develop an OECT sensor for pH monitoring that can reliably operate in a two-fold transduction mode with super-Nernstian sensitivity. When the OECT transconductance is employed as analytical signal, a sensitivity of 93 ± 8 mV pH unit-1is achieved by successive sampling in aqueous electrolytes. When the detection is carried out by dynamically changing the pH of the same medium, the offset gate voltage of the OECT shifts by (1.1 ± 0.3) × 102mV pH unit-1. As a further step, the optimized configuration was realized on a PET substrate, and the performance of the resulting flexible OECT was assessed in artificial sweat within a medically relevant pH range.
2018
F. Mariani, I. Gualandi, M. Tessarolo, B. Fraboni, E. Scavetta
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