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Thionine functionalized graphene oxide, new electrocatalyst for determination of nitrite

Ali A. Ensafi, S. Fattahi-Sedeh, M. Jafari-Asl, and B. Rezaei,

Abstract   In this work thionine (Th) was assembled on the surface of graphene oxide as an electron transfer mediator using diazonium reaction (Th-GO). Then, Th-GO was characterized by different methods such as scanning electron microscopy and FT-IR. Afterward, Th-GO was used for the modification of carbon paste electrode. Several electrochemical methods including cyclic voltammetry, differential pulse voltammetry, and hydrodynamic method were used to investigate the behavior of the modified electrode. Then, the catalytic effect of the modified electrode for oxidation of nitrite has been studied. For this purposed, the effect of critical experimental parameters including step potential and pulse amplitude (in differential pulse voltammetry technique), applied potential, the rotating speed of the disk (in amperometry technique), and the solution pH were investigated. Under the optimized conditions, the currents were found to be linear with the nitrite concentration in the range 0.5 to 700 µmol L-1, with detection limits of 0.2 µmol L-1, using hydrodynamic amperometry. The introduced modified electrode showed good repeatability (RSD% = 3.2) and reproducibility (RSD% = 4.7). This method was exerted successfully for the determination of nitrite and nitrate in real samples including water and wastewater samples.

Keywords: Nitrite determination; Thionine modified graphene oxide; Electrocatalysis; Voltammetry.

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