Novel electrochemical synthesis of cellulose microfiber entrapped reduced graphene oxide: A sensitive electrochemical assay for detection of fenitrothion organophosphorus pesticide.

Affiliation

Division of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, School of Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD, United Kingdom. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Over the past decades, the synthesis of carbohydrate polymers incorporated graphene or reduced graphene oxide has received greater attention in different disciplines owing to their unique physicochemical properties. In this context, we report a facile electrochemical synthesis of cellulose microfibers supported reduced graphene oxide and its application towards enhanced and lower potential electrochemical detection of fenitrothion. The synthesized cellulose microfibers supported reduced graphene oxide composite was further characterized using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and high resolution scanning electron microscopy. Cyclic voltammetry studies reveal that cellulose microfibers supported reduced graphene oxide composite modified screen-printed carbon electrode exhibits a superior electro-reduction ability and lower reduction potential towards fenitrothion compared to screen-printed carbon electrodes modified with graphene oxide, graphene oxide-cellulose microfibers, and reduced graphene oxide. Furthermore, cellulose microfibers supported reduced graphene oxide composite modified electrode showed 141 mV lower reduction potential towards fenitrothion than the chemically reduced graphene oxide- cellulose microfibers composite modified screen-printed carbon electrode. The effect of accumulation time, catalyst loading, scan rate and pH for the detection of fenitrothion has been studied and discussed. Differential pulse voltammetric studies show that the fabricated composite electrode can detect the fenitrothion in a wider linear response range up to 1.134 mM with a detection limit of 8 nM. To validate the proof of concept, the fabricated sensor was successfully applied for the detection of fenitrothion in different water samples.

Keywords

Cellulose microfibers,Electroanalysis,Electrochemical reduction,Fenitrothion,Reduced graphene oxide,