Structural Insights on 2D Gadolinium Tungstate Nanoflake: A Promising Electrocatalyst for Sensor and Photocatalyst for the Degradation of Postharvest Fungicide (Carbendazim).

Author(s) Periyasamy, S.; Kumar, J.Vinoth; Chen, S.M.; Annamalai, Y.; Karthik, R.; Rajagounder, N.Erumaipatt
Journal ACS Appl Mater Interfaces
Date Published 2019 Oct 09

Gadolinium tungstate (Gd(WO)) has acquired much attention owing to its exclusive transport properties and excellent thermal and chemical stability. In this work, we demonstrate that two-dimensional (2D) gadolinium tungstate nanoflakes (GW Nfs) are synthesized by a coprecipitation method and represent novel architectures for efficient catalysis, which could be used in electrochemical sensing and photocatalytic degradation of the postharvest fungicide carbendazim (CBZ). The physicochemical properties of GW Nfs were studied by using XRD, Raman, TEM, EDX, and XPS, which show the formation of GW as a nanoflake-like structure with a well crystallized nature. The as-prepared GW Nfs revealed an admirable electrochemical response for CBZ detection with an LOD of 0.005 μM, a wide-ranging linear response of 0.02 to 40 μM, and a notable sensitivity of 0.39 μA μM cm. Furthermore, the GW-Nf-modified electrode has a good recovery for CBZ in the study of real samples such as rice and soil washed water samples. Moreover, GW Nfs have a promising photocatalytic activity for CBZ degradation. The GW Nfs could degrade CBZ at greater than 98% efficiency and mineralize above 74% of the CBZ molecules in the presence of visible light irradiation with superior stability even after many cycles. Subsequently, the electrochemical and photocatalytic mechanisms were provided in detail.

DOI 10.1021/acsami.9b07336
ISSN 1944-8252
Citation ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2019;11(40):3717237183.

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