Single-Step Modified Electrodes for Vitamin C Monitoring in Sweat

18 December 2019, Version 1
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We demonstrate a flexible sensor for ascorbic acid detection in sweat based on single-step modified gold microelectrodes. The modification consists on the electrodeposition of alginate membrane with trapped CuO nanoparticles on top of the electrodes. The electrodes are fabricated at a thin polyimide support and the soft nature of the membrane can withstand mechanical stress far beyond the requirements for skin monitoring. We further show the efficient detection of ascorbic acid at the micromolar levels in both, a neutral buffer and acidic artificial sweat, at ultra-low applied potential (-5 mV). The effect of possible interfering species present in sweat is minimized, with no observable cross-reaction, thus maintaining a high degree of selectivity despite absence of enzymes in the fabrication scheme. This sensor is envisioned as a promising component of a wearable device for e.g. non-invasive monitoring of micronutrient loss through sweat.


ascorbic acid
nonenzymatic sensor
CuO nanoparticles


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