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Detection of Cd, Pb, and Cu in non-pretreated natural waters and urine with thiol functionalized mesoporous silica and Nafion composite electrodes.

Authors
Yantasee-W; Charnhattakorn-B; Fryxell-GE; Lin-Y; Timchalk-C; Addleman-RS
Source
Anal Chim Acta 2008 Jul; 6201(1-2):55-63
NIOSHTIC No.
20034054
Abstract
Electrochemical sensors have great potential for environmental monitoring of toxic metal ions in waters due to their portability, field-deployability and excellent detection limits. However, electrochemical sensors employing mercury-free approaches typically suffer from binding competition for metal ions and fouling by organic substances and surfactants in natural waters, making sample pretreatments such as wet ashing necessary. In this work, we have developed mercury-free sensors by coating a composite of thiol self-assembled monolayers on mesoporous supports (SH-SAMMS) and Nafion on glassy-carbon electrodes. With the combined benefit of SH-SAMMS as an outstanding metal preconcentrator and Nafion as an antifouling binder, the sensors could detect 0.5 pp b of Pb and 2.5 pp b of Cd in river water, Hanford groundwater, and seawater with a minimal amount of preconcentration time (few minutes) and without any sample pretreatment. The sensor could also detect 2.5 pp b of Cd, Pb, and Cu simultaneously. The electrodes have long service times and excellent single and inter-electrode reproducibility (5% R.S.D. after 8 consecutive measurements). Unlike SAMMS-carbon paste electrodes, the SAMMS-Nafion electrodes were not fouled in samples containing albumin and successfully detected Cd in human urine. Other potentially confounding factors affecting metal detection at SAMMS-Nafion electrodes were studied, including pH effect, transport resistance of metal ions, and detection interference. With the ability to reliably detect low metal concentration ranges without sample pretreatment and fouling, SAMMS-Nafion composite sensors have the potential to become the next-generation metal analyzers for environmental and bio-monitoring of toxic metals.
Keywords
Biomarkers; Electrochemistry; Magnetic-properties; Toxic-materials; Heavy-metals; Detectors; Metal-compounds; Metallic-ions; Analytical-instruments; Analytical-processes; Metal-poisoning; Metallic-minerals; Metallic-poisoning; Metallic-salts; Water-analysis; Urinalysis; Urine-chemistry; Environmental-contamination; Environmental-factors; Environmental-health-monitoring
Contact
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA 99352
CODEN
ACACAM
CAS No.
7440-43-9; 7440-50-8; 7439-92-1; 7439-97-6; 7440-22-4; 1345-25-1
Publication Date
20080701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
wassana.yantasee@pnl.gov
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R21-OH-008900
Issue of Publication
1-2
ISSN
0003-2670
Source Name
Analytica Chimica Acta
State
WA
Performing Organization
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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