A flower-like ZnO–Ag2O nanocomposite for label and mediator free direct sensing of dinitrotoluene

Urmila Chakraborty, Gaurav Bhanjana, Jost Adam, Yogendra Kumar Mishra, Gurpreet Kaur*, Ganga Ram Chaudhary, Ajeet Kaushik*

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Abstract

2,4-Dinitrotoluene (2,4-DNT) is a nitro aromatic compound used as a raw material for trinitrotoluene (TNT) explosive synthesis along with several other industrial applications. Easy, rapid, cost-effective, and selective detection of 2,4-DNT is becoming essential due to its hepato carcinogenic nature and presence in surface as well as ground water as a contaminant. Keeping this in view, this research, for the first-time, reports the synthesis of novel ZnO-Ag2O composite nanoflowers on a gold (Au) substrate, to fabricate an electrochemical sensor for label-free, direct sensing of 2,4-DNT selectively. The proposed ZnO-Ag2O/Au sensor exhibits a sensitivity of 5 μA μM-1 cm-2 with a low limit of detection (LOD) of 13 nM, in a linear dynamic range (LDR) of 0.4 μM to 40 μM. The sensor showed reasonably high re-usability and reproducibility, with reliable results for laboratory and real-world samples.

Original languageEnglish
JournalR S C Advances
Volume10
Issue number46
Pages (from-to)27764-27774
ISSN2046-2069
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27. May 2020

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