Microchimica Acta

, Volume 181, Issue 7–8, pp 707–722 | Cite as

Conducting polymer composites with graphene for use in chemical sensors and biosensors

  • Wu Lei
  • Weimeng Si
  • Yujuan Xu
  • Zhenyan Gu
  • Qingli Hao
Review Article


This review (with 79 references) summarizes the recent work on the development of chemical sensors and biosensors based on the use of composites made from conducting polymers (CPs) and graphene. Owing to the unique electrical, mechanical, optical, chemical and structural properties of CP and graphene, these kinds of composites have generated increasing interest in senor field. In this review, we first discuss methods for preparation of CP/GE composites by chemical, electrochemical, or physical methods including electrostatic interactions. We then cover aspects of the fabrication of modified electrodes and the performance of respective sensors with electrochemical, electronic or optical signal transduction. We then discuss sensors for the determination of inorganic and organic species, gases and vapors. We also review the state of the art in respective biosensors for hydrogen peroxide and glucose, for oligomers (DNA, RNA, and aptamers), for biogenic amines, NAD^+/NADH, cytochromes and the like, and in immunosensors. Finally, the perspective and current challenges of CP/GE composites for use in (bio)sensors are outlooked.


Conducting polymer composites with graphene have attracted increasing research interest in the modified electrodes for the application in chemical sensors and biosensors, due to the unique intrinsic properties of each component.


Conducting polymers Graphene Composites Chemical sensors Biosensors 



This work was supported by the NSFC (No., 21103092), DFSR (No A2620110010), Program for NCET-12-0629, 863 Program (2013AA050905), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No.30920130111003), Qing Lan Project, and the Science and Technology Support Plan of Jiangsu Province (Nos. BE2011835, BE2013126), the Excellent Plan Foundation of NUST (2009).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wu Lei
    • 1
  • Weimeng Si
    • 1
  • Yujuan Xu
    • 1
  • Zhenyan Gu
    • 1
  • Qingli Hao
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Chemical EngineeringNanjing University of Science and TechnologyNanjingChina

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