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Fabrication of 4-aminophenol sensor based on hydrothermally prepared ZnO/Yb2O3 nanosheets

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Abstract

In this study, a facile hydrothermal process was used to prepare the NSs of ZnO/Yb2O3 in an alkaline medium (pH ∼ 10.5), at a low temperature. The calcined NSs were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), ultraviolet visible spectroscopy (UV/vis), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). A thin layer of NSs was coated on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) with the help of a nafion conducting binder to be used as a sensor. This assembled sensor was implemented to the successful detection of 4-AP and exhibited good sensitivity (5.063 μA μM−1 cm−2) and a low detection limit (DL = 0.019 ± 0.001 nM at a signal to noise ratio of 3). The calibration plot (attained at a potential of +1.0 V) is linear (r2 = 0.9836) in the concentration range of 0.1 nM to 0.1 mM of 4-AP. Therefore, the chemical sensor fabricated with ZnO/Yb2O3 NSs may be a promising sensitive chemical sensor in a reliable IV method for the effective detection of hazardous and carcinogenic chemicals in environmental and healthcare sectors on broad scales.

Graphical abstract: Fabrication of 4-aminophenol sensor based on hydrothermally prepared ZnO/Yb2O3 nanosheets

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The article was received on 11 May 2017, accepted on 17 Jul 2017 and first published on 17 Jul 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ01623A
Citation: New J. Chem., 2017, Advance Article
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    Fabrication of 4-aminophenol sensor based on hydrothermally prepared ZnO/Yb2O3 nanosheets

    M. M. Rahman, M. M. Alam, A. M. Asiri and M. R. Awual, New J. Chem., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ01623A

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