Journal of chromatography. B, Analytical technologies in the biomedical and life sciences

Electrochemically grown imprinted polybenzidine nanofilm on multiwalled carbon nanotubes anchored pencil graphite fibers for enantioselective micro-solid phase extraction coupled with ultratrace sensing of d- and l-methionine.

PMID 23262195


An alternative method is presented for the modification of pencil graphite fibers using surface imprinting technology. In this new approach, we have adopted surface initiated electropolymerization of benzidine monomer, with simultaneous imprinting of template (d- and l-methionine), on carboxylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes anchored pencil graphite fiber. This yielded a nanostructured ultrathin imprinted film (58.3nm) uniformly coated all along the perimeter and length of pencil graphite fiber, for micro-solid phase extraction with substantial adsorption capability. The same film is coated over the exposed tip of the pencil graphite fiber to serve as a complementary molecularly imprinted polymer-sensor. Both extraction and sensing devices are not capable to measure the stringent limit (0.016ngmL(-1)) of clinical detection of methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene mutation caused by acute methionine depletion, when used alone. However, on combination of both techniques, a successful enantioselective analysis of d- and l-methionine with excellent analytical figures of merit [limit of quantitation range: 0.03-30.00ngmL(-1), limit of detection: 0.0098ngmL(-1) (RSD=2.04, S/N=3)] could be achieved without any problem of non-specific false-positive contribution and cross-reactivity, in real samples.