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Abstract - Journal of Clinical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (2018) Volume 2, Issue 1

Analytica-2015: Flow electrochemical sensor for trace analysis of heavy metals - Florence Geneste - University of Rennes

Flow electrochemical sensors are highly effective to enhance mass transport when a pre-concentration step of the analyte is required to achieve trace analysis. They are advantageous because they are easily automatable and allow approaching the ideal real-time analysis. Porous electrodes are relevant to flow electrochemical systems due to their good hydrodynamic properties and their high specific surface area. In this work, we will present the use of graphite felt as electrode material for trace analysis of heavy metals in flow systems. Its properties combined to a well-suited flow electrochemical cell give rise to efficient accumulation step in anodic stripping voltammetry. Since this material is easy to modify by electro grafting methods, selective analyses can be performed thanks to convenient receptors covalently attached on the surface of the fibers. Electro grafting methods involving reduction of diazonium salts and oxidation of amines in organic and aqueous media were used to prepare methoxy, carboxylate and cyclam-modified electrodes. The efficiency of the immobilization methods was checked by cyclic voltammetry using redox probes and by XPS analyses. The performances of the modified electrodes for trace analysis of copper were then evaluated in terms of sensitivity and selectivity. The influence of the electro grafting method and the nature of the linker on the electrochemical signal obtained by linear sweep stripping voltammetry analysis after a preconcentration step performed at open circuit was highlighted. An incredible test in the territory of overwhelming metal follow recognition is the advancement of electrochemical methods and gadgets which are easy to use, strong, particular, with low location constrains and permitting quick examinations. This survey presents the significant commitment of the French logical scholastic network in the field of electrochemical sensors and electroanalytical strategies inside the most recent 20 years. From the notable polarography to the forward-thinking age of functionalized interfaces, the various systems devoted to logical exhibitions improvement are uncovered: stripping voltammetry, strong sans mercury terminal, particle particular sensor, carbon based materials, artificially changed cathodes, nano-organized surfaces. The paper especially stresses their points of interest and confines face to the last Water Frame Directive dedicated to the Environmental Quality Standards for overwhelming metals. Late patterns on follow metal speciation just as on programmed "on line" checking gadgets are likewise evoked. Substantial metals follow discovery is basically performed utilizing spectroscopic methods: nuclear retention spectroscopy inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) X-beam fluorescence and neutron initiation examination are the most normally utilized. Their principle points of interest are their adaptability since they are appropriate for a huge board of components, their affectability and their limit of detection (LOD) in the femtomolar go. Anyway they experience the ill effects of a few significant disadvantages: costly materials are required and qualified administrators are expected to play out the multi-step test arrangement and complex scientific methodology, which are unsatisfactory for on location and on time estimations important to forestall transient marvels observing. At last, just complete metal fixation can be resolved, and speciation information can be arrived at just by partner beneficial extraction and partition methods, for example, chromatography to the spectroscopic identification.


Florence Geneste was graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Chimie Physique Electronique de Lyon. She completed her PhD in Chemistry in 1996 at the University of Paris-Sud. She worked as a Postdoctoral researcher in Thomson-CSF (Orsay) and then at the University of Cambridge, with Prof. A.B. Holmes from 1997 to 1999. She joined the University of Rennes as Associate Director of Research CNRS in 1999. Her research interest is focused on the modification of porous electrodes for application in flow electrochemistry. She is involved in the development of novel analytical methods for sensors and biosensors applications and in supported catalysis.

Author(s): Florence Geneste

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