Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 105–113 | Cite as

Preparation of polyacrylamide via surface-initiated electrochemical-mediated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-eATRP) for Pb2+ sensing

  • Yue Sun
  • Hongying Du
  • Yi Deng
  • Yuting Lan
  • Chunliang Feng
Original Paper


Acrylamide polymer brushes (PAM) were prepared on the surface of Au electrode for Pb2+ ion sensing via surface-initiated electrochemical-mediated atom transfer radical polymerization (SI-eATRP). The electrode modified with PAM (PAM/Au) was carefully examined by cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), polarization modulation infrared reflection–absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS), and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Further, the PAM/Au electrode was successfully used for the determination of Pb2+ ion by differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry (DPASV). Under the optimal conditions, the PAM/Au electrode showed a linear correlation for Pb2+ concentrations in the range of 3.0 × 10−3 to 2.0 × 103 μg/L. The limit of detection (S/N = 3.3) was estimated to be 3.7 × 10−4 μg/L. Finally, polymer brush electrodes were applied to analyze Pb2+ ion in an effluent. The results of the experiment indicated that PAM/Au electrode has good accuracy and potential application in practical sample analysis. In a word, the work of this paper established a useful way for the synthesis and application of polymer brush.


Polymer brushes SI-eATRP DPASV Pb2+ ion 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21304041, 60572009) and the Doctoral Scientific Research Foundation of Liaoning Normal University, China (No. 203596).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yue Sun
    • 1
  • Hongying Du
    • 1
  • Yi Deng
    • 1
  • Yuting Lan
    • 1
  • Chunliang Feng
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringLiaoning Normal UniversityDalianChina

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