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Electrochemical studies and application of sensors based on graphene or 3-D reticuled glassy carbon modified with metal nanoparticles for determination of pharmaceuticals and environmental analytes.

Grant number: 14/04284-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2014
Effective date (End): April 15, 2015
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Analytical Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Orlando Fatibello Filho
Grantee:Luiz Carlos Soares de Figueiredo Filho
Host Institution: Centro de Ciências Exatas e de Tecnologia (CCET). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


In this postdoctoral project will be electrochemically studied, characterized and applied electrochemical electrodes based on graphene , tridimensional reticulated vitreous carbon (3D-RVC) or not modified with metal nanoparticles of gold and platinum.The nanoparticles will be previously synthesized (chemically) and surrounded by different protective molecules (surfactants, polyelectrolytes, and others) for their potential application as catalytic material at determination of organic species with pharmaceutical and environmental interest.After the proposed nanoparticle synthesis, it must be deposited in a film form and incorporated on a graphene or 3D-RVC substrate. The electrochemical characteristic of the sensors will be evaluated by electrochemical techniques, namely, cyclic voltammetry, cronoamperometry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. With such modifications, the objective is to improve significantly the detection properties of these electrochemical sensors, namely, diminishes of the overpontential work, increase of the current intensity (increase at the analytical signal), increase of sensitivity (increase of the slope of the analytical curve). Hereafter will be employed the use of electrochemical probe that presents a well known behave and extensively discussed at literature, like potassium hexacyaneferrate(III) or hexaammineruthenium(III) in such a way that the comparison/determination of the electroactive area, electronical transference constant and heterogeneous electronical transference constant can be made.For the results obtained by the analyses using graphene modified with metallic nanoparticles, comparisons with other types of carbonaceous electrodes will be made just like edge or basal plane pyrolytic graphite . After selection of the best experimental conditions the analytical parameters will be investigated, namely range of linear response, sensitivity, limits of detection, reproducibility and repeatability. Effects of potential interfering and study addition and recovery will also be evaluated.

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Scientific publications (4)
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VICENTINI, FERNANDO CAMPANHA; GARCIA, LIVIA L. C.; FIGUEIREDO-FILHO, LUIZ C. S.; JANEGITZ, BRUNO C.; FATIBELLO-FILHO, ORLANDO. A biosensor based on gold nanoparticles, dihexadecylphosphate, and tyrosinase for the determination of catechol in natural water. Enzyme and Microbial Technology, v. 84, p. 17-23, . (14/04284-6, 13/16770-0)
SANTOS, ANDERSON M.; VICENTINI, FERNANDO C.; FIGUEIREDO-FILHO, LUIZ C. S.; DEROCO, PATRICIA B.; FATIBELLO-FILHO, ORLANDO. Flow injection simultaneous determination of acetaminophen and tramadol in pharmaceutical and biological samples using multiple pulse amperometric detection with a boron-doped diamond electrode. DIAMOND AND RELATED MATERIALS, v. 60, p. 1-8, . (14/07919-2, 14/04284-6, 13/16770-0)
VICENTINI, FERNANDO CAMPANHA; RAVANINI, AMANDA E.; FIGUEIREDO-FILHO, LUIZ C. S.; INIESTA, JESUS; BANKS, CRAIG E.; FATIBELLO-FILHO, ORLANDO. Imparting improvements in electrochemical sensors: evaluation of different carbon blacks that give rise to significant improvement in the performance of electroanalytical sensing platforms. Electrochimica Acta, v. 157, p. 125-133, . (10/20754-1, 14/04284-6, 13/16770-0)

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