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Study of poly(o-Ethoxyaniline) interactions with herbicides and evaluation of conductive polymer potential used in electrochemical sensors

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Nelson Consolin Filho ; Fábio de Lima Leite ; Eduarda Regina Carvalho ; Everaldo Carlos Venâncio ; Carlos Manoel P. Vaz ; Luiz Henrique C. Mattoso
Total Authors: 6
Document type: Journal article
Source: Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society; v. 18, n. 3, p. -, 2007.

Interactions of four aromatic nitrogen-heterocyclic herbicides (atrazine, imazaquin, metribuzin and paraquat) with the conductive polymer poly(o-ethoxyaniline)-POEA, were studied with atomic force microscopy (AFM), UV-visible spectrophotometry (UV-Vis) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. AFM profiles of self-assembled (SA) films of POEA revealed that the polymer surface became rougher (on the nanoscale) when exposed to atrazine, imazaquin and metribuzin, but slightly smoother in contact with paraquat. This suggested that specific chemical interactions, possibly electroscopic, have occurred between nitrogen atoms in the polymer chain and the dissimilar groups in the various herbicide molecules, during adsorption of the latter onto the film. The UV-Vis analyses indicated a stronger interaction of POEA in solution with imazaquin, that has a special importance for the intended application. Sensors produced by coating microelectrodes with SA films of POEA were used to perform impedance spectroscopy in aqueous solutions of each herbicide. With the resulting data, it was possible to distinguish and set detection limits for each herbicide in water, corroborating AFM and UV-Vis results. (AU)