Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 33(8), 917 (2017).

Sensitive and Simultaneous Electrochemical Sensing for Three Dihydroxybenzene Isomers Based on Poly(L-arginine) Modified Glassy Carbon Electrode
Gangbing ZHU,*,**,*** Heng SUN,* Junjuan QIAN,* Xiangyang WU,* and Yinhui YI*
*School of the Environment and Safety Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, 212013, P. R. China
**State Key Laboratory of Chemo/Biosensing and Chemometrics, Hunan University, Changsha 410082, P. R. China
***Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology, and the State Key Laboratory of Chirosciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
The simultaneous and sensitive electrochemical detection of dihydroxybenzene isomers (hydroquinone, HQ; catechol, CC; resorcinol, RS) is of great significance because such isomers can be awfully harmful to the environment and human health. In this paper, by preparing poly(L-arginine) modified glassy carbon electrode (P-L-Arg/GCE) with a simple method, a highly sensitive electrochemical sensor for simultaneously detecting HQ, CC and RS was constructed successfully due to the large surface area, good electronic properties and catalytic ability of P-L-Arg/GCE and the electrostatic action between P-L-Arg (positive) and targets (negative). Under the optimized conditions, the results show that the P-L-Arg/GCE has a wide linear range from 0.1 to 110.0 μM for HQ ,CC and RS. The detection limits for HQ, CC and RS are 0.01, 0.03 and 0.1 μM, respectively. Finally, the proposed sensor was successfully applied in real sample analysis.