Flexible carbon electrodes for electrochemical detection of bisphenol-a, hydroquinone and catechol in water samples

Acelino C. de Sá, Simone C. Barbosa, Paulo A. Raymundo-Pereira, Deivy Wilson, Flávio M. Shimizu, Maria Raposo, Osvaldo N. Oliveira

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Abstract

The detection of pollutant traces in the public water supply and aquifers is essential for the safety of the population. In this article, we demonstrate that a simple electrochemical procedure in acidic solution can be employed for enhancing the sensitivity of flexible screen-printed carbon electrodes (SPEs) to detect bisphenol-A (BPA), hydroquinone, and catechol, simultaneously. The SPEs were pretreated electrochemically in a H2 SO4 solution, which did not affect their morphology, yielding high current signals with well separated oxidation peaks. The sensitivity values were 0.28, 0.230, and 0.056 µA L µmol−1 with detection limits of 0.12, 0.82, and 0.95 µmol L−1 for hydroquinone, catechol, and BPA, respectively. The sensors were reproducible and selective for detecting BPA in plastic cups, and with adequate specificity not to be affected by interferents from water samples. The simple, inexpensive, and flexible SPE may thus be used to detect emerging pollutants and monitor the water quality.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalChemosensors
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Bisphenol-A
  • Electrochemical sensor
  • Emerging pollutants
  • Flexible carbon electrodes
  • Hydroquinone and catechol
  • Water samples

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