Microchimica Acta

, Volume 183, Issue 8, pp 2411–2419 | Cite as

Electromembrane extraction and anodic stripping voltammetric determination of mercury(II) using a glassy carbon electrode modified with gold nanoparticles

  • Mohammad Ali KamyabiEmail author
  • Ali Aghaei
Original Paper


This study presents a method for the selective determination of Hg(II) using electromembrane extraction (EME), followed by square wave anodic stripping voltammetry (SWASV), using a gold nanoparticle-modified glassy carbon electrode, (AuNP/GCE). By applying an electrical potential of typically 60 V for 12 min through a thin supported liquid membrane (1-octanol), Hg(II) ions are extracted from a donor phase (i.e., the sample solution) to an acidic acceptor solution (15 μL) placed in the lumen of a hollow fiber. The influences of experimental parameters during EME were optimized using face-centered central composite design. The calibration plot, established at a working voltage of 0.55 V (vs. Ag/AgCl), extends from 0.2 to 10 μg.L−1 of Hg(II). The limit of detection, at a signal to noise ratio of 3, is 0.01 μg.L−1 and the relative standard deviations (for 5 replicate determinations at 3 concentration levels) are between 7.5 and 8.7 %. The method was successfully applied to the determination of Hg(II) in spiked real water samples to give recoveries ranging from 89 to 97 %. The results were validated by cold vapor atomic absorption spectroscopy.

Graphical abstract

Hg(II) ions were extracted from a donor phase into an acidic acceptor phase (15 μL) placed in the lumen of a hollow fiber using electromembrane extraction. The acceptor phase was then analyzed using anodic stripping voltammetry.


Square wave anodic stripping voltammetry Single-drop voltammetry Face-centered central composite design Porous hollow fiber FE-SEM 



The authors wish to express their gratitude to the University of Zanjan Research Council for support of this work.

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The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of ZanjanZanjanIran

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