TITLE

Anodic stripping voltammetric determination of mercury using multi-walled carbon nanotubes film coated glassy carbon electrode

AUTHOR(S)
Hongchao Yi
PUB. DATE
October 2003
SOURCE
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Oct2003, Vol. 377 Issue 4, p770
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
An electrochemical method for the determination of trace levels of mercury based on a multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNT) film coated glassy carbon electrode (GCE) is described. In 0.1 mol L-1 HCl solution containing 0.02 mol L-1 KI, Hg2+ was firstly preconcentrated at the MWNT film and then reduced at -0.60 V. During the anodic potential sweep, reduced mercury was oxidized, and then a sensitive and well-defined stripping peak at about -0.20 V appeared. Under identical conditions, a MWNT film coated GCE greatly enhances the stripping peak current of mercury in contrast to a bare GCE. Low concentrations of I- remarkably improve the determining sensitivity, since this increases the accumulation efficiency of Hg2+ at the MWNT film coated GCE. The stripping peak current is proportional to the concentration of Hg2+ over the range 8×10-10–5×10-7 mol L-1. The lowest detectable concentration of Hg2+ is 2×10-10 mol L-1 at 5 min accumulation. The relative standard deviation (RSD) at 1×10-8 mol L-1 Hg2+ was about 6% (n=10). By using this proposed method, Hg2+ in some water samples was determined, and the results were compared with those obtained by atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS). The two results are similar, suggesting that the MWNT-film coated GCE has great potential in practical analysis.
ACCESSION #
15124764

 

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