Microchimica Acta

, 186:783 | Cite as

A biomass-derived porous carbon-based nanocomposite for voltammetric determination of quercetin

  • Juan Liu
  • Xiaobao Li
  • Wenju Weng
  • Hui Xie
  • Guiling Luo
  • Yanyan Niu
  • Shuyao Zhang
  • Guangjiu Li
  • Wei SunEmail author
Original Paper


Porous carbon was prepared from wheat flour by alkali treatment and carbonization. The resulting biomass-derived porous carbon (BPC) was employed to prepare a Pt-Au-BPC nanocomposite by a hydrothermal method. The material was then placed on the surface of a carbon ionic liquid electrode (CILE). The Pt-Au-BPC was characterized by SEM, XPS, and the modified CILE by electrochemical methods. They revealed a porous structure, a large specific surface with high conductivity. Pt-Au-BPC/CILE was applied to the sensitive determination of quercetin. Electrochemical response was studied by cyclic voltammetry and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). Under optimized experimental conditions, the oxidation peak current (measured at 0.48 V vs. Ag/AgCl by DPV) increases linearly in the 0.15 to 6.0 μM and in the 10.0 to 25.0 μM quercetin concentration range. The detection limit is 50.0 nM (at 3σ). The Pt-Au-BPC/CILE was applied to the direct determination of quercetin in ginkgo tablets sample and gave satisfactory results.

Graphical abstract

A Pt-Au-BPC nanocomposite modified carbon ionic liquid electrode was applied to differential pulse voltammetric determination of quercetin. BPC: biomass-derived porous carbon.


Biomass-derived porous carbon Pt-Au-BPC nanocomposite Carbon ionic liquid electrode Electrochemistry Quercetin 



This work was supported by the financial support of the National Natural Science Foundation of Hainan Province of China (2017CXTD007), the Key Science and Technology Program of Haikou City (2017042), Graduate Student Innovation Research Project of Hainan Province (Hys2018-212) and the Open Foundation of Key Laboratory of Water Pollution Treatment and Resource Reuse of Hainan Province (2019-003).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Optic-electric Sensing and Analytical Chemistry for Life Science of Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry and Molecular EngineeringQingdao University of Science and TechnologyQingdaoPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Water Pollution Treatment and Resource Reuse of Hainan Province, Key Laboratory of Functional Materials and Photoelectrochemistry of Haikou, College of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringHainan Normal UniversityHaikouPeople’s Republic of China

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