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Conductive electrospun nanofibers containing cellulose nanowhiskers and reduced graphene oxide for the electrochemical detection of mercury(II)

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Teodoro, Kelcilene B. R. [1, 2] ; Migliorini, Fernanda L. [1] ; Facure, Murilo H. M. [1, 2] ; Correa, Daniel S. [1, 2]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Embrapa Instrumentacao, Nanotechnol Natl Lab Agr LNNA, BR-13560970 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[2] Fed Univ Sao Carlos UFSCar, Dept Chem, Ctr Exact Sci & Technol, PPGQ, BR-13565905 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: Carbohydrate Polymers; v. 207, p. 747-754, MAR 1 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 7

Mercury is a heavy metal highly deleterious for the environment being associated to several diseases. Thus, novel and expedite techniques capable of detecting this heavy metal in water, even at trace levels, are highly sought for human and environmental safety purposes. Here we developed a novel electrochemical sensor for detecting mercury(II) using a green hybrid nanoarchitecture composed of reduced graphene oxide (rGO), cellulose nanowhiskers (CNW) and polyamide 6 (PA6) electrospun nanofibers. Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS) absorption and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopies and termogravimetric analysis (TGA) were employed to elucidate the morphology and composition of CNW:rGO hybrid system. The hybrid composite proved to enhance charge transference properties, which was evaluated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) experiments. Due to the excellent electrical properties of graphene, the nanocomposite (PA6/CNW: rGO) was applied in the electrochemical detection of very low concentrations of mercury in water samples, improving the sensor sensibility. Moreover, the PA6/CNW/rGO electrode demonstrated stability, high selectivity, low detection limit and wide dynamic linear range for the detection of mercury(II). (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/10582-8 - Production and characterization of graphene quantum dots and their application in chemical sensors
Grantee:Murilo Henrique Moreira Facure
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 14/21184-5 - Nanocomposites from cellulose nanocrystals electrospun fibers for the development of polymeric sensors
Grantee:Kelcilene Bruna Teodoro Costa
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 17/12174-4 - Development of hybrid polymer nanofibers for agricultural applications
Grantee:Daniel Souza Corrêa
Support type: Regular Research Grants