Carbon nanotube-based nanocomposite sensor tuned with a catechol as novel electrochemical recognition platform of uranyl ion in aqueous samples

Munoz, J.; Montes, R.; Bastos-Arrieta, J.; Guardingo, M.; Busque, F.; Ruiz-Molina, D.; Palet, C; Garcia-Orellana, J.; Baeza, M.

SENSORS AND ACTUATORS B-CHEMICAL, 273, 1807-1815, (2018)
DOI: 10.1016/j.snb.2018.07.093

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925400518313327

Abstract: This article reports a novel electrochemical recognition platform based on a nanocomposite carbon paste electrode containing carbon nanotubes modified with gold nanoparticles carrying a thiolated catechol for the fast amperometric determination of uranyl ion (UO22+) in water. Recognition of UO22+ is accomplished by supramolecular chemistry due to the formation of an inclusion complex between catechol and UO22+. The amperometric device operates at -0.40 V vs. Ag/AgCl, where the reduction of UO22+ takes place on the electrode surface, covering a linear range from 0.49 to 170 mu g L-1 UO22+ in a 0.1 M boric acid buffer solution at pH 5.3. The developed sensing system presents good response towards UO22+ in aqueous environmental samples, with good selectivity over other browsed cations and can be easily reset by simple polishing. This platform has demonstrated to be a potential alternative regarding to the common standard bench-top analytical techniques for the development of in-field devices for in-situ monitoring.

Carbon nanotube-based nanocomposite sensor tuned with a catechol as novel electrochemical recognition platform of uranyl ion in aqueous samples
Schematic representation (not in scale) for carrying CNTs with the thiolated catechol (cat-1) for electrochemical recognition platform development towards the amperometric sensing of uranyl ion in water.