Praseodymium Vanadate-Decorated Sulfur-Doped Carbon Nitride Hybrid Nanocomposite: The Role of a Synergistic Electrocatalyst for the Detection of Metronidazole.

Author(s) Kokulnathan, T.; Chen, S.M.
Journal ACS Appl Mater Interfaces
Date Published 2019 Feb 27

The construction of efficient and superior nanostructured materials for the precise determination of contaminants that are hazardous to the environment has gained significant attention by the scientific community. In this regard, we fabricated a nanocomposite consisting of praseodymium vanadate (PrVO; PrV) anchored to sulfur-doped carbon nitride (PrV/SCN) and applied it to the electrochemical detection of the antibiotic drug metronidazole (MTZ). The structural and crystalline features of the as-prepared PrV/SCN nanocomposite were characterized by various analytical and spectroscopic methods. More distinctly, the PrV/SCN nanocomposite-modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) exhibits an outstanding linear range (0.001-2444 μM), high sensitivity (1.386 μA/μM cm), low detection limit (0.8 nM), good reproducibility, and strong anti-interference ability. Notably, the PrV/SCN sensor can determine MTZ in spiked urine and water samples with high recoveries, suggesting its feasibility for real-time applications. Our findings establish PrV/SCN as a robust and promising platform for electrochemical detection. This promotes innovative design for the synthesis of novel functional nanocomposites.

DOI 10.1021/acsami.8b09204
ISSN 1944-8252
Citation ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2019;11(8):78937905.

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