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Electrochemical Detection of Low Concentration Chloropropanol Using Silver Nanowire Array Electrodes in Aqueous Media

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In this paper, we report a facile method to fabricate silver nanowire array electrodes (SNAE) with ultra-high detection sensitivity to chloropropanol in the aqueous solution. Silver nanowire arrays were assembled in conventional anodic alumina membranes (AAM) by electrochemical deposition. Subsequently, silver nanowire arrays with an aspect ratio of 5∼6 were deposited on the bottom of AAM. After a complete removal of the AAM, the grown arrays were used as working electrodes in a three-electrode cell. The electrochemical activity of SNAE was tested in the 0.1 mol/L NaClO4 aqueous solution using chloropropanol as analyte by a cyclic voltammetry method. The results show that SNAE display a distinct reduction peak at −1.011 V (vs. SCE) for chloropropanol and the linear dependencies of current on chloropropanol concentration were obtained within the concentration range 1.8 × 10−7∼2 × 10−6 mol/L. The detection limit of chloropropanol was 10−9 mol/L, which is significantly lower than that of their bulk counterparts. In short, SNAE show great potential in the determination of trace chloropropanol.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-03-01

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