Microchimica Acta

, Volume 183, Issue 6, pp 1925–1932 | Cite as

Direct electrodeposition of highly ordered gold nanotube arrays for use in non-enzymatic amperometric sensing of glucose

  • Taolei Tian
  • Junping DongEmail author
  • Jiaqiang XuEmail author
Original Paper


The authors describe vertically aligned gold nanotube arrays (Au-NTAs) and gold nanowire arrays (Au-NWAs) that were directly grown in alumina oxide templates by galvanostatic deposition. The morphology of the gold arrays can be controlled by adjusting the pH value of the plating bath. Scanning electron microscopy shows the nanoarrays to be highly ordered (with an average length of around 2 μm), and the opening width of the gold nanotube arrays to be uniform (with diameters of around 50 nm). The electrocatalytic activities of the Au-NTAs and Au-NWAs deposited on a glassy carbon electrode toward glucose oxidation were compared by cyclic voltammetry and amperometry at pH 7.2. The Au-NTAs yield higher amperometric currents. The respective glucose sensor, when operated at a working potential of 0.25 V (vs. SCE), exhibits a linear range that extends from 5 μM to 16.4 mM concentrations of glucose, a sensitivity of 44.2 μA mM−1 cm−2, and a detection limit of 2.1 μM (at an S/N ratio of 3). The excellent sensing performance is attributed to the large surface area and the fast electron transfer rate for the one-dimensional gold nanoarrays.

Graphical abstract

Arrays of gold nanotubes and of gold nanowires were deposited on a glassy carbon electrode and applied to the determination of glucose at pH 7.2 with a detection limit as low as 2.1 µM.


Nanoarray Electrocatalysis Electrodeposition Anodic alumina templates Glassy carbon electrode Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy Hexacyanoferrate X-ray diffraction 



The authors thank the supports of National Natural Science Foundation of China (no. 61371021 and 61527818). The authors also acknowledge the support of the Shanghai Education Commission (Peak Discipline Construction).

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The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NEST Lab, Department of ChemistryShanghai UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Transducer Technology, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information TechnologyChinese Academy of SciencesShanghaiChina

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