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Photoelectrochemical detection of metal ions

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Depending on the situation, metal ions may either play beneficial roles or be harmful to human health and ecosystems. Sensitive and accurate detection of metal ions is thus a critical issue in the field of analytical sciences and great efforts have been devoted to the development of various metal ion sensors. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) detection is an emerging technique for the bio/chemical detection of metal ions, and features a fast response, low cost and high sensitivity. Using representative examples, this review will first introduce the fundamentals and summarize recent progress in the PEC detection of metal ions. In addition, interesting strategies for the design of particular PEC metal ion sensors are discussed. Challenges and opportunities in this field are also presented.

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Article information

16 May 2016
02 Jun 2016
First published
03 Jun 2016

Analyst, 2016,141, 4262-4271
Article type
Critical Review

Photoelectrochemical detection of metal ions

W. Zhao, J. Xu and H. Chen, Analyst, 2016, 141, 4262
DOI: 10.1039/C6AN01123C

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