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A sensitive electrochemical detection of hydroquinone using newly synthesized α-Fe2O3-graphene oxide nanocomposite as an electrode material

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This article presents the effect of hematite phase iron oxide (α-Fe2O3) on the electrocatalytic activity of graphene oxide (GO) for electrochemical detection of hydroquinone in aqueous solution. The different weight percentage (wt%) (1, 2 and 3%) of α-Fe2O3 added GO nanocomposites were synthesized by wet-impregnation method. The cyclic voltammetry studies using 2% α-Fe2O3-GO modified glassy carbon electrodes was found to exhibit an excellent electrocatalytic activity than α-Fe2O3 and GO electrodes that may be due to the synergistic effect of α-Fe2O3nanoparicles and GO sheet. In addition, the modified electrode exhibited a good reproducibility as well as long-term stability. Hence, the 2% α-Fe2O3-GO can be a promising catalytic material for electrochemical sensor applications.

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The authors Mr. R.A. Senthil and Dr. J. Madhavan are grateful to the authorities of Thiruvalluvar University for their support for this study. The Prof. Abdullah Al-Mayouf and Dr. PrabhakarnArunchalam would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Saud University for funding this Research group NO: RG-1438-001.

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Senthil, R.A., Selvi, A., Arunachalam, P. et al. A sensitive electrochemical detection of hydroquinone using newly synthesized α-Fe2O3-graphene oxide nanocomposite as an electrode material. J Mater Sci: Mater Electron 28, 10081–10091 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10854-017-6769-x

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Keywords

  • Graphene Oxide
  • Cyclic Voltammetry
  • Phosphate Buffer Solution
  • Electrocatalytic Activity
  • Electrochemical Sensor