Microchimica Acta

, 175:1 | Cite as

Electrochemical sensors based on graphene materials

  • Tian Gan
  • Shengshui Hu
Review Article


Single–layered graphene, emerging as a true two–dimensional nanomaterial, has tremendous potential for electrochemical catalysis and biosensing as a novel electrode material. Considering the excellent properties of graphene, such as large surface–to–volume ratio, high conductivity and electron mobility at room temperature, low energy dynamics of electrons with atomic thickness, robust mechanical and flexibility, we give a general view of recent advances in electrochemical sensors based on graphene. We are highlighting here important applications of graphene and graphene nanocomposites, and the assay strategies in electrochemical sensors for DNA, proteins, neurotransmitters, phytohormones, pollutants, metal ions, gases, hydrogen peroxide, and in medical, enzymatic and immunosensors.

Graphical Abstract

Graphene, a recent star carbon nanomaterial with lots of excellent properties, has caused increasing interests on the development of new-types graphene-based electrochemical sensors including DNA and protein sensor, enzyme based sensor, immunosensor, neurotransmitter sensor, medicine sensor, phytohormone sensor, pollutants sensor, metals ion sensor, gas sensor, and H2O2 sensor


Electrochemical sensors Graphene Graphene nanocomposites Modified electrode 



This research is supported by the National Nature Science Foundation of China (Nos. 90817103, 20805035 and 31070885).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key laboratory of Analytical Chemistry for Biology and Medicine (Ministry of Education), College of Chemistry and Molecular SciencesWuhan UniversityWuhanChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Transducer TechnologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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