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Pharmaceuticals 2018, 11(4), 99;

Nanostructured TiO2 Carbon Paste Based Sensor for Determination of Methyldopa

Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, GO 74690-970, Brazil
Departamento de Química Orgánica, Universidad de Cordoba, E14014 Cordoba, Spain
Peoples Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University), 6 Miklukho-Maklaya str., 117198 Moscow, Russia
Department of Chemistry, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Bellville 7535, South Africa
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Received: 28 August 2018 / Revised: 1 October 2018 / Accepted: 3 October 2018 / Published: 5 October 2018
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Methyldopa is a catecholamine widely used in the treatment of mild to moderate hypertension whose determination in pharmaceutical formulae is of upmost importance for dose precision. Henceforth, a low-cost carbon paste electrode (CPE) consisting of graphite powder obtained from a crushed pencil stick was herein modified with nanostructured TiO2 (TiO2@CPE) aiming for the detection of methyldopa in pharmaceutical samples. The TiO2-modified graphite powder was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction, which demonstrated the oxide nanostructured morphology. Results evidenced that sensitivity was nonetheless increased due to electro-catalytic effects promoted by metal modification, and linear response obtained by differential pulse voltammetry for the determination of methyldopa (pH = 5.0) was between 10–180 μmol/L (Limit of Detection = 1 μmol/L) with the TiO2@CPE sensor. Furthermore, the constructed sensor was successfully applied in the detection of methyldopa in pharmaceutical formulations and excipients promoted no interference, that indicates that the sensor herein developed is a cheap, reliable, and useful strategy to detect methyldopa in pharmaceutical samples, and may also be applicable in determinations of similar compounds. View Full-Text
Keywords: pencil graphite; metal oxide nanostructures; low cost; phenolic drug pencil graphite; metal oxide nanostructures; low cost; phenolic drug

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Garcia, L.F.; Cunha, C.E.P.; Moreno, E.K.G.; Thomaz, D.V.; Sanz Lobón, G.; Luque, R.; Somerset, V.; De Souza Gil, E. Nanostructured TiO2 Carbon Paste Based Sensor for Determination of Methyldopa. Pharmaceuticals 2018, 11, 99.

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