V. Badets, D. Duclos, D. Quinton, O. Fontaine, D. Zigah

Electrochimica Acta, 2015, doi:10.1016/j.electacta.2015.10.066

A dual gold-copper microelectrode (diameter 25 μm) was fabricated to be employed in a scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) configuration, and was used in feedback mode to both modify (write) and analyze (read) a substrate. This write-and-read procedure was performed on a glassy carbon electrode on which azide groups were introduced by electrochemical reduction of a diazonium salt. The copper part of the microelectrode was used to electrogenerate Cu(I) that catalyzed a “click” reaction between azide moieties on the surface and dissolved ethynylferrocene. This created a pattern of ferrocene moieties on the surface that was analyzed with the gold part of the microelectrode.