Next Article in Journal
Evaluating the Performance of a Magnetic Nanoparticle-Based Detection Method Using Circle-to-Circle Amplification
Previous Article in Journal
Light-Addressable Actuator-Sensor Platform for Monitoring and Manipulation of pH Gradients in Microfluidics: A Case Study with the Enzyme Penicillinase

Electrochemical Sensors for Determination of Bromate in Water and Food Samples—Review

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Mafikeng Campus, North-West University, Private Bag X2046, Mmabatho 2735, South Africa
Material Science Innovation and Modelling (MaSIM) Research Focus Area, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Mafikeng Campus, North-West University, Private Bag X2046, Mmabatho 2735, South Africa
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Biosensors 2021, 11(6), 172;
Received: 6 April 2021 / Revised: 15 May 2021 / Accepted: 18 May 2021 / Published: 27 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Biosensor and Bioelectronic Devices)


The application of potassium bromate in the baking industry is used in most parts of the world to avert the human health compromise that characterizes bromates carcinogenic effect. Herein, various methods of its analysis, especially the electrochemical methods of bromate detection, were extensively discussed. Amperometry (AP), cyclic voltammetry (CV), square wave voltammetry (SWV), electrochemiluminescence (ECL), differential pulse voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) are the techniques that have been deployed for bromate detection in the last two decades, with 50%, 23%, 7.7%, 7.7%, 7.7% and 3.9% application, respectively. Despite the unique electrocatalytic activity of metal phthalocyanine (MP) and carbon quantum dots (CQDs), only few sensors based on MP and CQDs are available compared to the conducting polymers, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), metal (oxide) and graphene-based sensors. This review emboldens the underutilization of CQDs and metal phthalocyanines as sensing materials and briefly discusses the future perspective on MP and CQDs application in bromate detection via EIS.
Keywords: bromate; electrochemical sensors; electrochemical impedance spectroscopy; metal phthalocyanine; quantum dot bromate; electrochemical sensors; electrochemical impedance spectroscopy; metal phthalocyanine; quantum dot

1. Introduction

Potassium bromate (KBrO3), a renowned oxidizing agent, has a huge reputation for being one of the best and least expensive dough improving substances in the baking industry. As such, its importance in the baking industry cannot be overemphasized. KBrO3 produced the desired result in baking by influencing the physical and chemical properties of macromolecules such as protein and starch often found in dough. Precisely, the viscosity, extent of gelatinization, swelling characteristics of the dough and disulfide linkage formation (in gluten proteins) are affected by the use of KBrO3 as an additive in bread baking [1]. Bromate has been found to be a product of water treatment due to bromide ion oxidation that occurs during ozonation.
Despite the importance of bromate in food production, numerous reports of its adverse effect on human health abound. Specifically, it has been reported to be connected to renal diseases, anemia, as well as peripheral neuropathy [1,2] if consumed beyond the allowed level of 25 µg L−1 by the world health organization (WHO, 1996). It has also been implicated in cancerous growths in laboratory animals. In addition, bromate in drinking water of mice and rats has been linked to an increase in cases of mesotheliomas of peritoneum, thyroid cell and renal tumor. Impaired auditory functions of humans and animals are also part of the scientifically confirmed result of a high level of bromate intake [3]. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and WHO have recommended 10 µg L−1 (0.078 µM) as the maximum acceptable level (MAL) as a result of its carcinogenicity [4]. Cancer cases as a result of bromate intake from water and food consumption have attained an alarming rate the world over, hence the need to control its concentration in bromate-containing water and food products to ensure consumer safety arises. It is noteworthy that the classification of bromate as a carcinogen in water and food was an outcome of toxicological examinations which confirmed bromate as a class B2 carcinogen (WHO, 1996) [5].
The determination of trace levels of BrO3 requires the use of reliable, selective and very sensitive analytical techniques. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), spectrophotometry, liquid chromatography, gas chromatography and ion chromatography [6,7,8,9] are the analytical techniques that have been used for bromate detection. However, multiple extraction, hydrolysis, special sample preparation, expensive and highly technical instrumentation, low sensitivity and high-temperature requirements for bromate extraction limit the application of these methods [10].
A model method for bromate determination would be expected to meet the following criteria:
  • Ability to determine BrO3 down to a limit of detection that is 25% of the MAL
  • Short analysis time and cost
  • No sample pre-treatment
  • Method accessibility
The electrochemical method combines these features and is therefore considered one of the most suitable methods for bromate determination [11].
Electroanalytical methods utilize the relationship between an analyte’s concentration and potential (or current) change based on its chemical reactions to determine the quantity of an analyte. It is a quantitative means of analysis which basically depends on electrochemical processes in a medium or at the sensor–medium phase boundary. These electrochemical reactions are dependent on chemical composition, structural changes during analysis or concentration of the analyte.
Electroanalytical methods have some advantages over other analytical techniques. They allow the determination of various oxidation states of an element and not just the concentration of such element in solution. Low detection limits, characterization and information on the kinetics of a chemical reaction can be obtained through electroanalytical methods. Beyond these, this technique offers simplicity, rapid analyte detection and cost effectiveness. H2O2, hydrazine, dopamine, iodate, epinephrine, nitrite, glutathione, glucose, phthalates, oxalic acid, ascorbic acid, hydroquinone and citric acid are a few of the analytes that have been analyzed through electroanalytical methods [12,13].
A wide range of materials have been used for the development of chemically modified electrodes for bromate detection. Very low limit of detection has been achieved with these electrodes that ordinarily would not detect this analyte in the unmodified state [14,15]. This present review discusses the electrochemical methods and some other analytical techniques that have been deployed for bromate detection and future perspectives in the determination of the analyte. The performance in terms of sensitivity and detection limit of CNTs, graphene, polymers, quantum dots and some nanocomposite-modified electrodes for bromate detection are critically discussed in this review.

2. Electrocatalytic Reduction of Bromate

Electrocatalytic reduction of bromate produces different products, such as HBrO, Br2 and Br. Table 1 below illustrates different reaction processes with their standard potentials (E° values vs. NHE). It could be deduced that the number of electrons involved and the standard potential values greatly determine the electrocatalytic reduction products. For complete electrocatalytic reduction of BrO3 to Br, the modified electrode must be able to produce 2 or 6 electrons, 4 electrons produce HBrO, while 5 electrons yield Br2. Common examples of electrocatalytic reduction of bromate with different electrochemical sensors are provided below.
Common examples of electrocatalytic reduction of bromate with different sensor materials are:
BrO3 + 6H+ + 6ePOM Br + 3H2O (POM—Polyoxometalates)
Cd(II)–IL + e ↔ Cd(I)–IL
6Cd(II)–IL + BrO3 + 6H+ ↔ 6Cd(II)–IL + Br + 3H2O
The number of electrons (no) involved in the electrocatalytic reduction of BrO3 can also be calculated from the scan rate study using Laviron’s equation [17]. For an irreversible electrode process, according to Laviron’s equation, the oxidation peak potential (Epa) is defined by the following equation:
E pa   = E ° + ( R T α n ˳ F )   ln   R T K ° α n ˳ F + R T α n ˳ F   ln v
Epa = K° − 2.3030(RT/αnoF) log(v)
where α is the transfer coefficient, ko is the electrochemical rate constant, no is the number of the electrons transferred, v is the scan rate and Eo is the formal potential. Other symbols have their usual meanings.
Another underlying factor that determines the BrO3 reduction product is the pH of the solution. In a solid state, the electron transfer process is reversible and majorly pH-independent. The formation of Br is favored by a higher pH value because Br2 can exist in strong acid solution based on the reaction of
BrO3 + 5Br + 6H+ → 3Br2 + 3H2O

3. Bromate Electrochemical Techniques and Sensors

3.1. Determination of Bromate at Conducting Polymer-Based Modified Electrodes

Conducting polymers are electroactive polymeric materials which have recorded huge success as an important component of technological innovations such as anticorrosion coatings, batteries and electrochemical sensors. Electroanalysis of analytes in solution by conducting polymer-based sensors have proven to be very promising. This can be attributed to the interesting features of conducting polymers such as their high electrical conductivity and chemical stability [18].
An ECL sensor using poly (3-(1,1′-dimethyl-4-piperidinemethylene)thiophene-2,5-diyl chloride) (PTh-D) and nafion for the modification of Au electrode was fabricated by Li et al. [19]. Successful immobilization of PTh-D on the Au electrode in the presence of nafion was actualized due to the Au-S linkage between PTh-D and the Au electrode. The resultant ECL sensor had a linear relationship between BrO3 concentration and ECL signal intensity (between 1 µM and 0.1 M) down to a detection limit of 1 µM. This sensor provided good recovery when applied for BrO3 detection in drinking and river water.
Using a multiwalled CNT and 5,10,15,20-tetraphenyl-21H,23H-porphyrine iron (III) chloride (FeP) composite for glassy carbon electrode (GCE) modification, Salimi and his group [20] were able to present a sensing platform for BrO3, chlorate and iodate detection. A pair of well-defined redox couples was obtained from cyclic voltammetry (CV) using this electrode. The fast electron transfer between FeP and MWCNT was confirmed by the rate constant (ks) and the surface coverage obtained for the electrode. The good electrocatalytic activity of this electrode towards BrO3 reduction in acidic medium was characterized by the high stability, low limit of detection (LOD), good reproducibility, fast response time, wide linear dynamic range (LDR) and technical simplicity. The sensitivity, LOD and LDR obtained from BrO3 detection by the electrode were 11 nA/µM, 0.6 µM and 2–150 µM respectively, via AP.
Through a layer-by-layer (LBL) method of sensor fabrication, Yong-Gu and his team [21] assembled polyelectrolyte (polystyrene sulfonate, PSS), metalloporphyrin (FeP) and CNTs on screen-printed carbon electrode (SPCE) as shown in Figure 1. Using AP, LDR and LOD of 100 nM–2.5 µM and 43 nM respectively, were obtained. The authors were able to establish the fact that the LBL sensor is capable of rapid and selective BrO3 detection in water samples. The electrode showed a good selectivity for BrO3 in the presence of interferents (Mg2+, Ca2+, Na+, SO42−, Cl and ClO4), except HCO3 that showed a noticeable interference effect. In comparison, this result has a better LOD than that in [20] using the same sensor material.
A simple method of BrO3 determination in water and bread samples was presented by Wang et al. [22]. This was accomplished with the aid of a monolith column made of poly(glycidyl methacrylate-co-ethylene dimethacrylate) obtained via in-situ polymerization followed by quaternary amine modification. After a post-column reaction with KI at a wavelength of 352 nm, BrO3 was detected. LOD and LDR of 1.5 and 5–30 µg/L respectively, were obtained within an analysis time as short as 8.5 with good standard deviation (n = 6, 0.043%).
The popular conducting polymer, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) prepared through the electropolymerization of its monomeric unit (PEDOT) and silicomolybdate (SiMo12O404−), was applied for the modification of an electrode for BrO3 detection by Balamurugan and Shen-Ming [3]. The resultant electrode had the capacity for fast propagation of charges in acidic medium and fast response time (<10 s). This fast response was ascribed to short penetration depth of BrO3 through a very active polymeric film. The strong electrostatic interaction between PEDOT and polynuclear inorganic compound accorded the electrode its good chemical stability and reproducibility. The authors concluded that the electrode can accurately measure BrO3 concentration over a LDR of 30–8000 µM and can also be applied for ascorbic acid (AA) detection.
Electrocatalytic reduction of BrO3 in water sample was actualized by Ali et al. [23] using an electrode based on the electropolymerization of Ni-substituted polyoxometalate (POM) and pyrrole. The polymer films were made in various film thicknesses and characterized prior to the analyte detection. It is noteworthy that EIS confirmed the conductivity of this POM-doped polypyrole (Ppy) co-polymer film. The best of the polymer films in terms of stability and electrocatalytic activity towards BrO3 reduction was used for BrO3 detection in the water sample. The electrode offered a sensing platform with LOD and LDR of 0.2 µM and 0.1–2 mM, respectively.
Using an electrode modified with lanthanide-molybdate (LM) complex and Ppy film, Shaojun and his group of researchers [24] achieved a reproducible electrochemical detection of BrO3. The investigation of the effect of pH on the electrochemical activity of the electrode towards BrO3 detection revealed that the various forms of Ppy during the redox process influence the relationship between pH and the formal potential of LM-Ppy. The electrode was confirmed (CV studies) as a sensor with good potential for BrO3 detection due to the relatively wide LDR (1–32 nM) obtained with the electrode. The results obtained here show a better LDR than that in [23].
An amperometric sensor targeted towards BrO3 detection was developed by Li et al. [25]. This was actualized by the combination of Na2H6Co(H2O)O39.14H2O complex and poly(vinylpyridine) in the presence of a TiO2 sol. Similarly, an amperometric sensor made from a tungsten oxide film for BrO3 electrochemical reduction was fabricated by Casella and Contursi [26]. Unfortunately, these sensors offered relatively high LOD for BrO3 detection.
Another Ppy-based sensor for BrO3 was prepared by Zou et al. [27]. The authors immobilized polyaniline (PANI) and Ppy on an electrode using POM as a dopant. The electrocatalytic properties of the POM were affected by the presence of the polymers. Some other POM-based sensors have also been reported in the literature [28,29].
GCE modified with MXene (lamellar Ti3C2Tx) was fabricated by Rasheed et al. [30] for BrO3 determination via differential pulse voltammetry (DPV). The good electrocatalytic properties of this sensor are reflected in the low LOD and wide LDR, of 41 nM and 50 nM–5 µM, respectively. The redox reaction between MXene and BrO3 was confirmed by the formation of TiO2 at Ti3C2Tx surface during BrO3 reduction. The electrode was also able to selectively detect BrO3 in the presence of interferents (Br, H2PO4, HPO42−, PO43−, SO42−, Cl, NO3 and ClO). This electrode is one of the very efficient sensors for a water contaminant with a simple method of preparation. A better LOD was obtained with this technique compare with that in [19].
BrO3 determination was also investigated with the application of another GCE modified with MWCNTs, PM and polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride (PDDA) through the LBL approach. Pang and his group [31] reported that PM was electropolymerized on PDDA/MWCNTs-modified GCE to obtain the working electrode. The excellent electrocatalytic activity of this sensor manifested in an extremely low LOD (20 nM) and response time (1.53 s), evaluated by the authors. The sensor also had a wide LDR (50–400 nM) and high sensitivity (13.81 mA cm−2 mM−1) towards BrO3, which was achieved using the AP technique.
Sheen et al. [32] fabricated a sensor for BrO3 detection by modifying gold electrode (GE) with 5, 10, 15, 20-tetrakis (4-methoxyphenylporphyrinato) (TMOPP) and Manganese (III) chloride (Mn(III)Cl). The resultant sensor TMOPPMn(III)Cl/GE was used for BrO3 determination in the bread sample. This sensor showed good electrocatalytic activity towards BrO3 at a pH of 7 in 0.1 M Na2SO4 solution, with LOD and LDR of 3.56 nM and 0.1–1 × 104 µM respectively, using SWV techniques. The electrode also proved selective for BrO3 in the presence of 100-fold excess of the interferents (glucose, sodium carbonate, sodium chloride, K+ and Ca2+).

3.2. Determination of Bromate with Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs)-Based Electrodes

CNTs have received wide attention in the field of nanotechnology due to their outstanding opto-electronic properties. Specifically, their biocompatibility, high reactivity, good conductivity and modifiable sidewall have made their application in sensors’ fabrication highly embraced in electroanalytical chemistry [33,34]. The success of such sensors has manifested in improved current response of biomolecules, inorganic compounds and some biological cells when CNTs are incorporated as part of a composite for the modification of an electrode. In addition, CNTs stand out as a sensing material as a result of their chemical stability, fast electron transfer kinetics and electrocatalytic activity towards a wide range of analytes in non-aqueous and aqueous media [34,35].
In agreement with the foregoing, Li et al. [36] presented an amperometric BrO3 sensor based on MWCNTs and phosphomolybdic (PM) acid composite. This composite was applied for the modification of pyrolytic graphite electrode (PGE) for improved sensitivity of PGE towards BrO3. Due to the synergy between the components of the composite, the sensor offered a fast response time (<2 s), wide LDR (5–15,000 µM) and a relatively low LOD (0.5 µM). An interference study showed that the common interferents (K+, Na+, NH4+, Ca2+, Mg2+, Zn2+, Cl, Br, I, H2PO4, HPO42−, PO43− and SO42−) do not interfere with the detection of BrO3, except a few ions (CO32−, NO2, ClO3, IO3 and Fe3+) that exhibited interference with different degrees.
Similarly, a GCE modified with single-walled CNTs and Os (III) complex was fabricated by Salimi and his team [37] for BrO3 detection. This electrode gave LDR and LOD of 1–2000 µM and 36 nM, respectively. The suitability of the electrode for BrO3 detection was also characterized by good reproducibility, fast response time, technical simplicity and the reversibility of the redox couple.
A biosensor with dual function of BrO3 and H2O2 detection was made available by Vilian and his group [38]. The biosensor was made (as illustrated in Figure 2) by immobilizing hemoglobin (Hb) on a composite made from the combination of functionalized MWCNTs, poly-L-histidine (P-his) and ZnO nanoparticles. The ks value obtained from this sensor was 5.16 s−1, while the surface coverage of Hb and response time were 1.88 × 10−9 mol cm−2 and <3 s, respectively. The LOD and LDR reported for this electrode via AP were 0.30 µM and 2–15,000 µM, respectively. Good stability and reproducibility are the advantages of this electrode. The sensor was applied for BrO3 detection in urine, tap water and local river water, with good recovery.
Salimi and his group [39] presented another SWCNT, copper complex [Cu(bpy)2]Br2 and silicomolybdate immobilized onto glassy carbon (GC) electrode for electrochemical BrO3 detection. The fabrication of the electrode SiMo12O404−/[Cu(bpy)2]2+/CNT/GC was facilitated by the electrostatic interaction between the [Cu(bpy)2]Br2-SiMo12O404− and SWCNTs. The presence of SWCNTs brought about improved conductivity and porosity to the fabricated electrode. CV was used to study the electron transfer kinetics of the adsorbed redox couples, as well as the electrochemical behavior and the stability of the electrode. Consequently, this modified electrode was used for the amperometric BrO3 detection. LOD, LDR and sensitivities of 1.1 nM, 0.01–20 μM and 6.7 nA nM−1 respectively, were obtained with this sensor.
Dan-dan et al. [40] achieved selective BrO3 detection using a nanocomposite made from Pd nanoparticles and MWCNTs. CV showed reduction peaks for BrO3 between potentials of 0.15 to −0.25 V. Using chronoamperometry (CA), a very wide LDR (0.1–40 mM), short response time (5 s) and high sensitivity (768.08 µA mM−1 cm−2) were reported for this electrode. This study confirmed that Pd/MWCNTs nanocomposite is a suitable sensing material for BrO3 detection.
Another hemoglobin (Hb)-based electrode for BrO3 determination was prepared by Li et al. [41] by immobilizing Hb on GCE modified with MWCNTs dispersed in PLL (MWCNTs-PLL). The modified electrode showed good electrocatalytic activity towards BrO3 detection at a pH of 5.6. Using amperometry, LOD and LDR of 0.96 µM and 15–6000 µM respectively, were recorded for this electrode. The authors confirmed that the electrode can be used as a simple and accurate means of BrO3 detection in real samples (mineral water). Vilian and his group [38] performed a similar study with a much lower LOD.

3.3. Determination of Bromate at Graphene/Graphene Oxide-Based Electrodes

Since the emergence of reports on the electrochemistry of graphene in 2008, graphene has attracted tremendous attention as a carbon nanomaterial for electrode fabrication as a result of its two-dimensional nature [42]. Successive years witnessed the abundance of publications on the modification of GCE with graphene produced via graphitic oxide chemical reduction [42,43,44,45,46]. These electrodes have been applied for detecting various analytes as electrochemical sensors in an oxygen reduction reaction as electro-catalyst [45].
Recently, graphene has been combined with a wide range of nanomaterials and polymers for the fabrication of sensors with high sensitivity towards a large number of analytes. This happened based on the fact that graphene has unique electrocatalytic, optical, physical and mechanical properties, such as high mechanical strength, large surface area, good electrical conductivity, high transparency and strong ambipolar electric field effect. The electrical conductivity of graphene, which enhanced the electron transport properties of graphene-modified sensors, stemmed from the sp2 hybridization and the presence of some oxygen-containing functionalities in graphene or an oxidized form of it. These attributes have contributed to the surge in popularity of graphene and its derivatives in electrochemistry and the nanotechnology world at large. This popularity manifested in the application of this material in capacitors, batteries, sensors high-frequency circuits, fuel cells and transparent conductive films [18,47].
Majid and his group [11] fabricated graphene oxide (GO)-modified GCE for BrO3 determination. Therein, a GO and Pd nanocomposite was deposited on a clean GCE to obtain a working electrode tagged Pd-GO/GCE. Amperometry studies with this electrode gave a LOD of 0.10 µM over a LDR of 1–1000 µM. The author confirmed that no interference was observed with K+, Na+, NH4+, Mg2+, Zn2+, Cl, H2PO4, HPO42−, NO3, ClO4 and PO43−, except Br and Fe3+. Real sample analysis of BrO3 detection was carried out with flour and bread samples with good recovery. The LOD reported here is higher compared with Sheen et al. [32].
GCE modification with β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) and graphene (Gr) for BrO3 detection was described by Palanisamy et al. [48]. Hemoglobin (Hb) was further immobilized on the modified electrode (β-CD-Gr/GCE) to obtain a sensor with fast charge transport tendency. This electrode was characterized by high ks (3.18 ± 0.7 s−1), relatively wide LDR (0.1–176.6 µM) and low LOD (33 nM) at a potential of −0.33 V. The authors also reported that the electrode has good reproducibility and selectivity for bromate in the presence of interfering species (Mg2+, Fe2+, Fe3+, Ni2+, Ca2+ Cl, Br, l, NO2, NO3 and lO3).
Ding et al. [16] presented a BrO3 sensor made by the further modification of rGO-modified GCE with phosphomolybdate (PM) and poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA). The process of fabricating rGO-PDDA/PMo12/GCE modified electrode involved three steps as illustrated in Figure 3. The stability of the electrode hinged on the electrostatic attraction between the cationic PDDA and the negatively charged PM. With CV, the electrocatalytic activity of the electrode towards BrO3 reduction and its stability were established. This electrode had a wide LDR (0.02–10 µM) with high sensitivity (454 µA cm−2 mM−1). The same PDDA/PMo12 was also used by Pang and his group [31], but with a better result for LOD (20 nM).
Recently, Zhang et al. [49] accomplished a photocatalytic means of BrO3 and ibuprofen (IBP) detection with GO and TiO2 doped with fluorine particles (FGT). At optimum condition, the photocatalytic degradation of BrO3 and IBP fitted into Langmuir–Hinshelwood first-order kinetics. BrO3 reduction to bromine was actualized by electron transfer, while the simultaneous consumption of BrO3 and IBP inhibited electrons and hole recombination, thus making a huge utilization of the redox potentials of FGT. This study is proof that the FGT assemblage is an efficient means of quantifying selected water pollutants.
GO enables the BrO3 formation when bromide-containing water undergoes ozonation, with yields up to double what could be obtained using only ozone. This was attributed to the increase in the amount of hydroxyl radical generated in the process. In order to reduce BrO3 formation, Ye et al. [50] prepared an rGO (from hydrothermal treatment of GO)-supported CeO2. This nanocomposite was able to achieve a better inhibition rate (73%) than using only rGO. This study further revealed that the presence of Ce3+ on the composite is capable of quenching Br and BrO in order to inhibit BrO3 formation.

3.4. Determination of Bromate at Metal/Metal Oxide-Based Modified Electrodes

The emergence of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles in electrochemical sensors’ fabrication was a consequence of the need to urgently fill the vacuum created by the individual use of polymers and carbon nanomaterials such as CNTs, Gr, GO and carbon quantum dots (CQDs). Metal and metal oxide nanoparticles have combined with these materials to address challenges such as the agglomeration of CQDs, stacking of Gr lamellae and adhesion of CNTs [51,52]. Consequently, metal and metal oxide nanoparticles have succeeded in functionalizing other materials. The nanocomposites formed in the process have been put to a wide range of practical uses because a composite combines the attributes of its components [53]. This combination often results in the formation of materials with improved biocompatibility, surface area, conductivity and electrocatalytic activity, which culminate in better electron transfer kinetics compared to that of individual materials [54]. It is noteworthy that nanomaterials have been used for sensor fabrication because they possess better chemical and electronic properties than bulk materials [55].
Ourari et al. [56] synthesized a Cu II-[N,N′-bis(2,5-dihydroxybenzylidene)-1,2-diaminoethane] (Cu II-DHB) electrode modified by carbon paste, which was used for the simultaneous detection of NO2 and BrO3 via amperometry and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) techniques. Voltammetric studies revealed that the rate-determining step involved one electron, thus indicating that the process was purely diffusion-controlled. LOD and LDR of 1.5 and 2–14 nM respectively, were obtained for NO2 via DPV, while LOD and LDR of 10 and 2–14 nM respectively, were obtained for BrO3 via amperometry. The modified electrode exhibits a high selectivity for both nitrite and bromate in the presence of interferents (NO3, Cl and SO4), except lO3 (due to its equal potential range with copper (II) Schiff base complex). This result showed that [CuII-DHB]-CPE is an effective electrochemical sensor for detecting bromate.
A new cadmium-ionic liquid-carbon paste electrode (Cd-IL/CPE) was fabricated for the simultaneous detection of trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and bromate by Zhuang and his team [57]. CV studies revealed that the fabricated electrode has good electrocatalytic activity towards TCA and BrO3 reduction at pH 6.1 in 0.1 M B-R buffer solution. This electrode was used for electrochemical detection of BrO3, with LOD, sensitivity and LDR of 3 nM, 496.15 μA μM−1 and 0.005–0.020 μM, respectively. The authors also reported that the electrode has a much lower detection limit than the earlier reports of References [20,35], in which other modified electrodes were used.
In a bid to present a platform for simultaneous bromate, iodate and chlorate detection, Arumugam et al. [58] fabricated a silver-phosphomolybdate-polybenzidine nanocomposite (Ag/PMo12/PBz) on a glassy carbon electrode (GCE). An amperometric study showed that the Ag/PMo12/PBz/GCE electrode has a better sensitivity and a much lower LOD towards BrO3 than ClO3 and IO3. The best electrocatalytic activity of the electrode towards BrO3 was achieved in 1 M H2SO4 solutions. LOD and LDR of 86.3 nM and 2.34 nA μM−1 respectively, were obtained with this electrode under optimal conditions. The ease of preparation, fast response as well as mechanical and electrochemical stability are the major advantages of this electrode. Fortuitously, this LOD is much lower than the one previously reported for another amperometric sensor prepared by Li et al. [36].
A nanocomposite made from the cross-linkage of chitosan (CHT) with a zero-valent cobalt 2,6-pyridine dicarboxylic acid (ZVCo-PDCA-CHT) was developed by Akinremi et al. [59] for the determination of BrO3 in water. The working principle of the technique relied on the reduction of Co (II) with NaBH4 for a resultant BrO3 reduction. The cross-linkage of CHT was facilitated by the 2,6-pyridine dicarboxylic acid (PDCA). With this composite, 99% BrO3 reduction in water was accomplished within 1 h, while a 65% reaction completion was reported with PDCA cross-linked CHT.
Through an in-situ approach, a sensor for BrO3 detection was fabricated by Sun et al. [60] by the deposition of Pd nanoparticles (PdNPs)-coated PANI on a mesoporous SBA-15 support. A stepwise description of the electrocatalytic reduction process of BrO3- at the Pd-NPs/PANI/SBA-15 interface is given in Figure 4 while Figure 5 illustrating the cyclic voltammograms of the modified electrode in 0.5 mol L−1 H2SO4 with different BrO3 concentrations. The electrode showed good electrocatalytic activity towards BrO3 reduction over a potential window of 0.12 to −0.22 V. The amperometric studies revealed that the electrode has a LOD and a very wide LDR of 5 and 8–40,000 µM, respectively. The stability of the electrode was confirmed by 200 cycles of CV scans. The electrode showed great potential for practical BrO3 detection in real samples. It is noteworthy that the sensitivity of the electrode was ascribed to the availability of large nitrogen sites on the composite for PdNPs anchorage, improved surface area of the electrode due to the presence of SBA-15 and the presence of abundant H+ for BrO3 reduction.
Sun et al. [60] enumerated three factors that led to the high sensitivity of Pd-NPs/PANI/SBA-15 for BrO3 reduction. These include:
  • The large number of PANI/SBA-15 nitrogen sites available for anchorage of Pd-NPs that ensures a large quantity of uniformly dispersed small Pd-NPs.
  • The successful incorporation of mesoporous SBA-15 significantly increases the effective electrode surface and electrolyte diffusion velocity.
  • The strong acidity of the medium that provides abundant H+ for the BrO3 electroreduction reaction.
Cheng et al. [61] fabricated a gold-rhodium AuRh nanoparticle-modified GCE for BrO3 detection. The small particle size of the AuRh nanoparticles was partly responsible for the reduction in the over potential and the emergence of a well-defined peak for BrO3 detection in the presence of PBS (pH 7.0) in a CV experiment. This sensor offered LOD and LDR of 1.0 mM and 1–26 µM, respectively.
The determination of the BrO3 content of hair care products was carried out by Chen and his group [62] using a CuO nanoparticle (CuO NP)-modified SPCE. This was accomplished by the deposition of CuO NPs on SPCE, which enhanced the reduction of BrO3 in weak acidic media. The CuO/SPCE was incorporated into a flow injection analysis system for the development of a very sensitive platform for BrO3 detection. LOD and LDR of 3.5 µg L−1 and 0.01–300 mg L−1 were reported for this system. This technique also showed good selectivity for BrO3 in the presence of interferents (F, Br−, Cl, ClO4, SO42− and NO3, neither the sensitivity nor the response time of the electrode was affected by the addition of these anions) and very good recovery in real sample analysis. A similar nanoparticle was also reported by Ourari et al. [56] but with a remarkably lower LOD.
Tamiji and Nezamzadeh-Ejhieh [63] presented a carbon paste electrode (CPE) modified with Tin (II)-exchanged clinoptilolite NPs for BrO3 detection. The best electrocatalytic activity of the electrode towards the analyte was obtained at a pH of 2 in an acidic medium. This sensor gave LOD and LDR of 0.06 and 5–100 µM, respectively. The electrode was further investigated for the effect of other oxidants on Br determination and the result showed that the presence of these oxidizing agents increased the maximum error involved in BrO3 detection. A good recovery of BrO3 in the spiked samples (well water, tap water, mineral water and bread) confirmed the practical usage of the electrode.

3.5. Bromate Determination by Modified Electrode with Quantum Dots

The biocompatibility and low cytotoxicity of carbon quantum dots (or carbon dots) (CQDs) have made them a worthy replacement for the metal-based quantum dots [64]. Carbon dots are fluorescent zero-dimensional materials with diameter < 10 nm. They have been applied in drug delivery, biosensors’ fabrication, bioimaging probes’ design and gene transmission. Their fluorescent properties have been tremendously exploited in analytical chemistry [65]. In addition, CQDs are easy to synthesize, can be made from cheap precursor, are chemically stable and water-soluble and therefore, stand a good chance as components of electrochemical sensors.
CQDs have been applied for the fabrication of sensors with low LOD and high sensitivity towards analytes, such as vitamins, polypeptides, DNA, hematin, drugs, water pollutants, acids and metal ions, among others [66]. These sensors are capable of analyte determination to a level as low as the femtomolar [67,68].
Xiang et al. [69] developed a very effective fluorescent probe for BrO3 detection through the doping of silica nanoparticles with CQDs prepared from the pyrolysis of citric acid (CA). The florescence of the resultant probe was quenched by BrO3 in an acidic medium. After the optimization of the electrolyte concentration, pH, temperature and reaction time, the sensor was applied for the analysis of BrO3 and low LOD (1.1 ng mL−1) and relatively wide LDR (8–400 ng mL−1) were obtained. Real sample analyses of BrO3 were carried out in drinking water samples with good recoveries.
Polyethyleneimine (PEI), an ionic polymer, was functionalized by Li et al. [70] with CQDs made from the pyrolysis of CA in order to use the photoluminescence (PL) sensor for BrO3 detection. In order to obtain a very sensitive sensor, the experimental parameters were optimized. The interference study revealed that the electrode has a high selectivity for BrO3 detection in the presence of interfering ions (ClO3, SO42−, Cu2+, Fe3+, CO32−, Cl, HPO42−, AC), with the exception of l, IO3, Cr2O72− and ClO that showed a noticeable interference effect. The resultant PL sensor gave a LOD of 0.17 nM over a linear range of 0.04–0.35 μM. Real sample application of the sensor was achieved with bottled, lake and drinking water, with good recovery. This sensor was also used for BrO3 detection in pastry samples.
Liping and his group [71] developed a chemiluminescence (CL) sensor for BrO3 with CQDs and sulfite. The CL peak obtained upon the injection of BrO3 was used for quantifying the amount of BrO3 in solution. The CL signal increased linearly within the range of 0.3–10 µM, with a LOD of 0.1 µM obtained. The mechanism of BrO3 detection relied on the reaction between BrO3, CQDs and sulfite in acidic medium, which led to the formation of hole- and electron-injected CQDs. The recombination of the duo brought about CL formation. This mechanism is in contrast with the assumption that energy transfer occurs between SO2- and CQDs.
Various electroanalytical techniques such as AP, CV, ECL, DPV and SWV have been deployed for BrO3- detection as shown in Figure 6, with AP and CV been mostly used while EIS having the least. These techniques have been able to achieve the level of sensitivity and detection limit required for analysis of trace amounts of BrO3, but the fact that EIS has not been utilized as much as these other techniques demands attention. Specifically, only one instance where EIS was used for BrO3 was found in the literature (to the best of our knowledge) (Table 2).
The suitability of EIS for accurate determination of surface electrochemical processes through the measurement of the interaction of an analyte with the surface of a sensor made EIS one of the most popular electroanalytical techniques [11]. Besides, EIS is a very simple technique [12] that presents data in an easily comprehensible manner. It also helps in separating the charge transport associated with the bulk membrane from that of the interfacial reactions.
EIS has been successfully used for the determination of many analytes, such as iodate, chlorate, phthalates, perchlorate [7], amitrole, glyphosate [13], ascorbic acid (AA) [14], aldehyde [72], etc. A few of these are discussed here.
An EIS sensor for the detection of AA was developed by Qiu et al. [14] using Cu (I) catalyst. This sensor shows high selectivity, sensitivity and stability. LOD and LDR of 2.6 and 5–1000 pM respectively, were obtained. This sensor was applied on a real sample, such as urine, with a good recovery.
Glyphosate determination in water using a molecularly imprinted chitosan was performed by Fares et al. [13] with the aid of EIS. The sensor showed good selectivity and sensitivity towards glyphosate detection with a very low LOD (0.001 pg mL−1) over a wide LDR (0.31–50,000 pg mL−1). The selectivity of the technique was verified with the detection of various pesticides as interferents. Very high selectivity factors were obtained for glyfosinate (7.9), chlorpyrifos (43.5) and phosmet (14.5).
Boumya and his team [72] used the EIS technique for the determination of aldehyde at GCE. This EIS study revealed that the electrode is capable of detection over a LDR of 0.05–1000 µM with LOD of about 0.0109 µM. Real sample analyses of BrO3 in orange juice, apple juice and drinking water were carried out with good recovery and standard deviation.
Importantly, the use of sensor material containing more than one nanomaterial has gone a long way in improving the electrochemical detection of bromate. Though a lot of materials have been used for the fabrication of sensors for BrO3 detection, no such sensor was fabricated with the use of phthalocyanine or metal phthalocyanine, and only few with carbon quantum dots, despite their unique properties.
Meanwhile, there are many reports elucidating the applications of metal phthalocyanine with good sensitivity and low LOD, a few examples include the determination of carbohydrates [73], cresols, chlorophenols, phenols [74], toluene [75], hydrogen peroxide [76], hydrazine [77], glutathione [78], metronidazole [79], NADH [80], thiols [81], paracetamol [82], citrate [83], hydroxyquinoline [84] and hydrogen sulfide [85].

4. Conclusions

In this review, we have summarized the efforts made in electrochemical detection of bromate with high sensitivity and selectivity by modifying the electrode surface with different modifiers. We also pointed out those techniques and sensors that still need to be exploited for sensitive and selective determination of bromate, such as EIS and carbon quantum dots and metal phthalocyanine.
Owing to the greater advantages of EIS and the extraordinary properties of metal phthalocyanine and carbon quantum dots, more studies on the determination of bromate are expected in the near future based on the usage of EIS with regard to metal phthalocyanine and carbon quantum dots.

Author Contributions

O.E.F. conceptualized and designed the work and was part of the manuscript write-up. S.A.B. and O.E.F. were involved in the manuscript preparation. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.


NRF-Thutuka grant (UID: 117009) for researcher.

Institutional Review Board Statement

Not applicable.

Informed Consent Statement

Not applicable.

Data Availability Statement

Not applicable but for other contents request can be made directly to the authors.


Authors acknowledged the assistance of MASIIM of North-West University, NRF-Thutuka grant (UID: 117009) and the Higher Degree of North-West University, Mafikeng Campus are also acknowledged.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors have no conflict to declare.


AAAscorbic acid
CNTsCarbon nanotubes
CQDsCarbon quantum dots
CVCyclic voltammetry
EISElectrochemical impedance spectroscopy
GCGas chromatography
GCEGlassy carbon electrode
HPLCHigh-performance liquid chromatography
ICIon chromatography
LCLiquid chromatography
LDRLinear dynamic range
LODLimit of detection
MPMetal phthalocyanine
MWCNTMulti-walled carbon nanotube
PFAPolyunsaturated fatty acid
RgoReduced graphene oxide
SPCEScreen-printed carbon electrode
SWVSquare wave voltammetry


  1. Crofton, K.M. Bromate: Concern for developmental neurotoxicity? Toxicology 2006, 221, 212–216. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  2. Fawell, J.; Walker, M. Approaches to determining regulatory values for carcinogens with particular reference to bromate. Toxicology 2006, 221, 149–153. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  3. Balamurugan, A.; Chen, S.-M. Silicomolybdate-Doped PEDOT Modified Electrode: Electrocatalytic Reduction of Bromate and Oxidation of Ascorbic Acid. Electroanalysis 2007, 19, 1616–1622. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  4. World Health Organization. Guidelines for Drinking-Water Quality; World Health Organization: Geneva, Switzerland, 1993. [Google Scholar]
  5. Shanmugavel, V.; Komala Santhi, K.; Kurup, A.H.; Kalakandan, S.; Anandharaj, A.; Rawson, A. Potassium bromate: Effects on bread components, health, environment and method of analysis: A review. Food Chem. 2020, 311, 125964. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  6. Rahali, Y.; Benmoussa, A.; Ansar, M.; Benziane, H.; Lamsaouri, J.; Idrissi, M.; Draoui, M.; Zahidi, A.; Taoufik, J. A simple and rapid method for spectrophotometric determination of bromate in bread. Electron. J. Environ. Agric. Food Chem. 2011, 10, 1803–1808. [Google Scholar]
  7. Snyder, S.A.; Vanderford, B.J.; Rexing, D.J. Trace analysis of bromate, chlorate, iodate, and perchlorate in natural and bottled waters. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2005, 39, 4586–4593. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  8. Zakaria, P.; Bloomfield, C.; Shellie, R.A.; Haddad, P.R.; Dicinoski, G.W. Determination of bromate in sea water using multi-dimensional matrix-elimination ion chromatography. J. Chromatogr. A 2011, 1218, 9080–9085. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  9. Kim, H.J.; Shin, H.S. Ultra trace determination of bromate in mineral water and table salt by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Talanta 2012, 99, 677–682. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  10. Menendez-Miranda, M.; Fernandez-Arguelles, M.T.; Costa-Fernandez, J.M.; Pereiro, R.; Sanz-Medel, A. Room temperature phosphorimetric determination of bromate in flour based on energy transfer. Talanta 2013, 116, 231–236. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  11. Majidi, M.R.; Ghaderi, S.; Asadpour-Zeynali, K.; Dastangoo, H. Electrochemical Determination of Bromate in Different Types of Flour and Bread by a Sensitive Amperometric Sensor Based on Palladium Nanoparticles/Graphene Oxide Nanosheets. Food Anal. Methods 2015, 8, 2011–2019. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  12. Luo, X.L.; Xu, J.J.; Zhang, Q.; Yang, G.J.; Chen, H.Y. Electrochemically deposited chitosan hydrogel for horseradish peroxidase immobilization through gold nanoparticles self-assembly. Biosens. Bioelectron. 2005, 21, 190–196. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  13. Zouaoui, F.; Bourouina-Bacha, S.; Bourouina, M.; Abroa-Nemeir, I.; Ben Halima, H.; Gallardo-Gonzalez, J.; El Alami El Hassani, N.; Alcacer, A.; Bausells, J.; Jaffrezic-Renault, N.; et al. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy determination of glyphosate using a molecularly imprinted chitosan. Sens. Actuators B Chem. 2020, 309, 127753. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  14. Qiu, S.; Gao, S.; Liu, Q.; Lin, Z.; Qiu, B.; Chen, G. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy sensor for ascorbic acid based on copper(I) catalyzed click chemistry. Biosens. Bioelectron. 2011, 26, 4326–4330. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  15. Li, X.-B.; Rahman, M.M.; Xu, G.-R.; Lee, J.-J. Highly Sensitive and Selective Detection of Dopamine at Poly(chromotrope 2B)-Modified Glassy Carbon Electrode in the Presence of Uric Acid and Ascorbic Acid. Electrochim. Acta 2015, 173, 440–447. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  16. Ding, L.; Liu, Y.; Guo, S.-X.; Zhai, J.; Bond, A.M.; Zhang, J. [email protected](diallyldimethylammonium chloride)-reduced graphene oxide modified electrode for highly efficient electrocatalytic reduction of bromate. J. Electroanal. Chem. 2014, 727, 69–77. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  17. Guo, W.; Geng, M.; Zhou, L.; Chao, S.; Yang, R.; An, H.; Liu, H.; Cui, C. Multi-walled carbon nanotube modified electrode for sensitive determination of an anesthetic drug: Tetracaine hydrochloride. Int. J. Electroanal. Chem. 2013, 8, 5369–5381. [Google Scholar]
  18. Beitollahi, H.; Safaei, M.; Tajik, S. Different electrochemical sensors for determination of dopamine as neurotransmitter in mixed and clinical samples: A review. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. Res. 2019, 6, 81–96. [Google Scholar]
  19. Li, X.; Li, J.; Wang, H.; Li, R.; Ma, H.; Du, B.; Wei, Q. An electrochemiluminescence sensor for bromate assay based on a new cationic polythiophene derivative. Anal. Chim. Acta 2014, 852, 69–73. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  20. Salimi, A.; MamKhezri, H.; Hallaj, R.; Zandi, S. Modification of glassy carbon electrode with multi-walled carbon nanotubes and iron(III)-porphyrin film: Application to chlorate, bromate and iodate detection. Electrochim. Acta 2007, 52, 6097–6105. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  21. Lee, Y.-G.; Lee, H.J.; Jang, A. Amperometric bromate-sensitive sensor via layer-by-layer assembling of metalloporphyrin and polyelectrolytes on carbon nanotubes modified surfaces. Sens. Actuators B Chem. 2017, 244, 157–166. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  22. Wang, N.; He, S.; Zhu, Y. Low-level bromate analysis by ion chromatography on a polymethacrylate-based monolithic column followed by a post-column reaction. Eur. Food Res. Technol. 2012, 235, 685–692. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  23. Ali, B.; Laffir, F.; Kailas, L.; Armstrong, G.; Kailas, L.; O’Connell, R.; McCormac, T. Electrochemical Characterisation of NiII-Crown-Type Polyoxometalate-Doped Polypyrrole Films for the Catalytic Reduction of Bromate in Water. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2019, 2019, 394–401. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  24. Dong, S.; Cheng, L.; Zhang, X. Electrochemical studies of a lanthanide heteropoly tungstate/molybdate complex in polypyrrole film electrode and its electrocatalytic reduction of bromate. Electrochim. Acta 1998, 43, 563–568. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  25. Li, Y.; Bu, W.; Wu, L.; Sun, C. A new amperometric sensor for the determination of bromate, iodate and hydrogen peroxide based on titania sol–gel matrix for immobilization of cobalt substituted Keggin-type cobalttungstate anion by vapor deposition method. Sens. Actuators B Chem. 2005, 107, 921–928. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  26. Casella, I.G.; Contursi, M. Electrochemical and spectroscopic characterization of a tungsten electrode as a sensitive amperometric sensor of small inorganic ions. Electrochim. Acta 2005, 50, 4146–4154. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  27. Zou, X.; Shen, Y.; Peng, Z.; Zhang, L.; Bi, L.; Wang, Y.; Dong, S. Preparation of a phosphopolyoxomolybdate P2Mo18O626− doped polypyrrole modified electrode and its catalytic properties. J. Electroanal. Chem. 2004, 566, 63–71. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  28. Pan, D.; Chen, J.; Tao, W.; Nie, L.; Yao, S. Phosphopolyoxomolybdate absorbed on lipid membranes/carbon nanotube electrode. J. Electroanal. Chem. 2005, 579, 77–82. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  29. Fay, N.; Dempsey, E.; McCormac, T. Assembly, electrochemical characterisation and electrocatalytic ability of multilayer films based on [Fe(bpy)3]2+, and the Dawson heteropolyanion, [P2W18O62]6−. J. Electroanal. Chem. 2005, 574, 359–366. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  30. Rasheed, P.A.; Pandey, R.P.; Rasool, K.; Mahmoud, K.A. Ultra-sensitive electrocatalytic detection of bromate in drinking water based on Nafion/Ti3C2Tx (MXene) modified glassy carbon electrode. Sens. Actuators B Chem. 2018, 265, 652–659. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  31. Pang, Y.; Liu, L.; Shen, X.; Qian, H. Determination of bromate in drinking water by capillary electrophoresis coupled with chemically modified electrode electrochemical detection. Sci. Sin. Chim. 2012, 42, 157–163. [Google Scholar]
  32. Sheen, S.; Jos, T.; Rajith, L.; Kumar, K.G. Manganese porphyrin sensor for the determination of bromate. J. Food Sci. Technol. 2016, 53, 1561–1566. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  33. De La Torre, G.; Vazquez, P.; Agullo-Lopez, F.; Torres, T. Role of structural factors in the nonlinear optical properties of phthalocyanines and related compounds. Chem. Rev. 2004, 104, 3723–3750. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  34. Campidelli, S.; Ballesteros, B.; Filoramo, A.; Díaz, D.D.; de la Torre, G.; Torres, T.; Rahman, G.A.; Ehli, C.; Kiessling, D.; Werner, F. Facile decoration of functionalized single-wall carbon nanotubes with phthalocyanines via “click chemistry”. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 11503–11509. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  35. Zhu, L.; Yang, R.; Zhai, J.; Tian, C. Bienzymatic glucose biosensor based on co-immobilization of peroxidase and glucose oxidase on a carbon nanotubes electrode. Biosens. Bioelectron. 2007, 23, 528–535. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  36. Li, Z.; Chen, J.; Pan, D.; Tao, W.; Nie, L.; Yao, S. A sensitive amperometric bromate sensor based on multi-walled carbon nanotubes/phosphomolybdic acid composite film. Electrochim. Acta 2006, 51, 4255–4261. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  37. Salimi, A.; Kavosi, B.; Babaei, A.; Hallaj, R. Electrosorption of Os(III)-complex at single-wall carbon nanotubes immobilized on a glassy carbon electrode: Application to nanomolar detection of bromate, periodate and iodate. Anal. Chim. Acta 2008, 618, 43–53. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  38. Vilian, A.T.E.; Chen, S.-M.; Kwak, C.H.; Hwang, S.-K.; Huh, Y.S.; Han, Y.-K. Immobilization of hemoglobin on functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes-poly-l-histidine-zinc oxide nanocomposites toward the detection of bromate and H2O2. Sens. Actuators B Chem. 2016, 224, 607–617. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  39. Salimi, A.; Korani, A.; Hallaj, R.; Khoshnavazi, R.; Hadadzadeh, H. Immobilization of [Cu(bpy)2]Br2 complex onto a glassy carbon electrode modified with α-SiMo12O404− and single walled carbon nanotubes: Application to nanomolar detection of hydrogen peroxide and bromate. Anal. Chim. Acta 2009, 635, 63–70. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  40. Zhou, D.-D.; Ding, L.; Cui, H.; An, H.; Zhai, J.-P.; Li, Q. Fabrication of high dispersion Pd/MWNTs nanocomposite and its electrocatalytic performance for bromate determination. Chem. Eng. J. 2012, 200–202, 32–38. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  41. Li, Y.; Chen, S.-M.; Thangamuthu, R.; Ajmal Ali, M.; Al-Hemaid, F.M.A. Preparation, Characterization, and Bioelectrocatalytic Properties of Hemoglobin Incorporated Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes-Poly-L-lysine Composite Film Modified Electrodes Towards Bromate. Electroanalysis 2014, 26, 996–1003. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  42. Shao, Y.; Wang, J.; Wu, H.; Liu, J.; Aksay, I.A.; Lin, Y. Graphene Based Electrochemical Sensors and Biosensors: A Review. Electroanalysis 2010, 22, 1027–1036. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  43. Baby, T.T.; Aravind, S.S.J.; Arockiadoss, T.; Rakhi, R.B.; Ramaprabhu, S. Metal decorated graphene nanosheets as immobilization matrix for amperometric glucose biosensor. Sens. Actuators B Chem. 2010, 145, 71–77. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  44. Liu, H.; Gao, J.; Xue, M.; Zhu, N.; Zhang, M.; Cao, T. Processing of graphene for electrochemical application: Noncovalently functionalize graphene sheets with water-soluble electroactive methylene green. Langmuir 2009, 25, 12006–12010. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  45. Tang, L.; Wang, Y.; Li, Y.; Feng, H.; Lu, J.; Li, J. Preparation, Structure, and Electrochemical Properties of Reduced Graphene Sheet Films. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2009, 19, 2782–2789. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  46. Li, Z.J.; Xia, Q.F. Recent advances on synthesis and application of graphene as novel sensing materials in analytical chemistry. Rev. Anal. Chem. 2012, 31, 57–81. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  47. Xu, J.; Wang, Y.; Hu, S. Nanocomposites of graphene and graphene oxides: Synthesis, molecular functionalization and application in electrochemical sensors and biosensors. A review. Microchim. Acta 2016, 184, 1–44. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  48. Palanisamy, S.; Wang, Y.-T.; Chen, S.-M.; Thirumalraj, B.; Lou, B.-S. Direct electrochemistry of immobilized hemoglobin and sensing of bromate at a glassy carbon electrode modified with graphene and β-cyclodextrin. Microchim. Acta 2016, 183, 1953–1961. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  49. Zhang, Y.; Li, J.; Liu, H. Synergistic Removal of Bromate and Ibuprofen by Graphene Oxide and TiO2 Heterostructure Doped with F: Performance and Mechanism. J. Nanomater. 2020, 2020, 6094984. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  50. Ye, B.; Chen, Z.; Li, X.; Liu, J.; Wu, Q.; Yang, C.; Hu, H.; Wang, R. Inhibition of bromate formation by reduced graphene oxide supported cerium dioxide during ozonation of bromide-containing water. Front. Environ. Sci. Eng. 2019, 13, 86. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  51. Kıran, T.R.; Atar, N.; Yola, M.L. A methyl parathion recognition method based on carbon nitride incorporated hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets composite including molecularly imprinted polymer. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2019, 166, H495. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  52. Tian, K.; Zhang, Y.; Zhang, S.; Dong, Y. Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence of ZnO/MoS2 Nanocomposite and Its Application for Cysteine Detection. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2019, 166, H527. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  53. Lu, L.; Hu, X.; Zhu, Z.; Li, D.; Tian, S.; Chen, Z. Electrochemical Sensors and Biosensors Modified with Binary Nanocomposite for Food Safety. J. Electrochem. Soc. 2019, 167, 037512. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  54. Wang, J. Nanoparticle-based electrochemical DNA detection. Anal. Chim. Acta 2003, 500, 247–257. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  55. Luo, X.; Morrin, A.; Killard, A.J.; Smyth, M.R. Application of Nanoparticles in Electrochemical Sensors and Biosensors. Electroanalysis 2006, 18, 319–326. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  56. Ourari, A.; Ketfi, B.; Malha, S.; Amine, A. Electrocatalytic reduction of nitrite and bromate and their highly sensitive determination on carbon paste electrode modified with new copper Schiff base complex. J. Electroanal. Chem. 2017, 15, 31–36. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  57. Zhuang, R.; Jian, F.; Wang, K. An electrochemical sensing platform based on a new Cd(II)-containing ionic liquid for the determination of trichloroacetic acid and bromate. Ionics 2010, 16, 661–666. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  58. Manivel, A.; Sivakumar, R.; Anandan, S.; Ashokkumar, M. Ultrasound-assisted synthesis of hybrid phosphomolybdate–polybenzidine containing silver nanoparticles for electrocatalytic detection of chlorate, bromate and iodate ions in aqueous solutions. Electrocatalysis 2012, 3, 22–29. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  59. Akinremi, C.A.; Oyelude, V.B.; Adewuyi, S.; Amolegbe, S.A.; Arowolo, T. Reduction of Bromate in Water using Zerovalent Cobalt 2,6-Pyridine Dicarboxylic Acid Crosslinked Chitosan Nanocomposite. J. Macromol. Sci. Part A 2013, 50, 435–440. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  60. Sun, C.; Deng, N.; An, H.; Cui, H.; Zhai, J. Electrocatalytic reduction of bromate based on Pd nanoparticles uniformly anchored on polyaniline/SBA-15. Chemosphere 2015, 141, 243–249. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  61. Cheng, C.-Y.; Thiagarajan, S.; Chen, S.-M. Electrochemical fabrication of AuRh nanoparticles and their electroanalytical applications. Int. J. Electrochem. Sci. 2011, 6, 1331–1341. [Google Scholar]
  62. Chen, P.-Y.; Yang, H.-H.; Huang, C.-C.; Chen, Y.-H.; Shih, Y. Involvement of Cu(II) in the electrocatalytic reduction of bromate on a disposable nano-copper oxide modified screen-printed carbon electrode: Hair waving products as an example. Electrochim. Acta 2015, 161, 100–107. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  63. Tamiji, T.; Nezamzadeh-Ejhieh, A. Sensitive voltammetric determination of bromate by using ion-exchange property of a Sn(II)-clinoptilolite-modified carbon paste electrode. J. Solid State Electrochem. 2018, 23, 143–157. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  64. Baker, S.N.; Baker, G.A. Luminescent carbon nanodots: Emergent nanolights. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 2010, 49, 6726–6744. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  65. Tuerhong, M.; Xu, Y.; Yin, X.-B. Review on Carbon Dots and Their Applications. Chin. J. Anal. Chem. 2017, 45, 139–150. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  66. Molaei, M.J. Principles, mechanisms, and application of carbon quantum dots in sensors: A review. Anal. Methods 2020, 12, 1266–1287. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  67. Liu, R.; Li, H.; Kong, W.; Liu, J.; Liu, Y.; Tong, C.; Zhang, X.; Kang, Z. Ultra-sensitive and selective Hg2+ detection based on fluorescent carbon dots. Mater. Res. Bull. 2013, 48, 2529–2534. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  68. Zu, F.; Yan, F.; Bai, Z.; Xu, J.; Wang, Y.; Huang, Y.; Zhou, X. The quenching of the fluorescence of carbon dots: A review on mechanisms and applications. Microchim. Acta 2017, 184, 1899–1914. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  69. Xiang, G.; Fan, H.; Zhang, H.; He, L.; Jiang, X.; Zhao, W. Carbon dot doped silica nanoparticles as fluorescent probe for determination of bromate in drinking water samples. Can. J. Chem. 2018, 96, 24–29. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  70. Li, P.; Sun, X.-Y.; Shen, J.-S.; Liu, B. A novel photoluminescence sensing system sensitive for and selective to bromate anions based on carbon dots. RSC Adv. 2016, 6, 61891–61896. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  71. Li, L.; Lai, X.; Xu, X.; Li, J.; Yuan, P.; Feng, J.; Wei, L.; Cheng, X. Determination of bromate via the chemiluminescence generated in the sulfite and carbon quantum dot system. Mikrochim. Acta 2018, 185, 136. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  72. Boumya, W.; Laghrib, F.; Lahrich, S.; Farahi, A.; Achak, M.; Bakasse, M.; El Mhammedi, M.A. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements for determination of derivatized aldehydes in several matrices. Heliyon 2017, 3, e00392. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  73. Santos, L.M.; Baldwin, R.P. Liquid chromatography/electrochemical detection of carbohydrates at a cobalt phthalocyanine containing chemically modified electrode. Anal. Chem. 1987, 59, 1766–1770. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  74. Mafatle, T.; Nyokong, T. Use of cobalt (II) phthalocyanine to improve the sensitivity and stability of glassy carbon electrodes for the detection of cresols, chlorophenols and phenol. Anal. Chim. Acta 1997, 354, 307–314. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  75. Kumar, A.; Brunet, J.; Varenne, C.; Ndiaye, A.; Pauly, A.; Penza, M.; Alvisi, M. Tetra-tert-butyl copper phthalocyanine-based QCM sensor for toluene detection in air at room temperature. Sens. Actuators B Chem. 2015, 210, 398–407. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  76. Wang, H.; Bu, Y.; Dai, W.; Li, K.; Wang, H.; Zuo, X. Well-dispersed cobalt phthalocyanine nanorods on graphene for the electrochemical detection of hydrogen peroxide and glucose sensing. Sens. Actuators B Chem. 2015, 216, 298–306. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  77. Ozoemena, K.I.; Nyokong, T. Electrocatalytic oxidation and detection of hydrazine at gold electrode modified with iron phthalocyanine complex linked to mercaptopyridine self-assembled monolayer. Talanta 2005, 67, 162–168. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  78. Lei, P.; Zhou, Y.; Zhu, R.; Liu, Y.; Dong, C.; Shuang, S. Facile synthesis of iron phthalocyanine functionalized N, B–doped reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites and sensitive electrochemical detection for glutathione. Sens. Actuators B Chem. 2019, 297, 126756. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  79. Meenakshi, S.; Pandian, K.; Jayakumari, L.; Inbasekaran, S. Enhanced amperometric detection of metronidazole in drug formulations and urine samples based on chitosan protected tetrasulfonated copper phthalocyanine thin-film modified glassy carbon electrode. Mater. Sci. Eng. C 2016, 59, 136–144. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  80. Basova, T.; Gürek, A.G.; Ahsen, V.; Ray, A. Electrochromic lutetium phthalocyanine films for in situ detection of NADH. Opt. Mater. 2013, 35, 634–637. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  81. Xu, H.; Xiao, J.; Liu, B.; Griveau, S.; Bedioui, F. Enhanced electrochemical sensing of thiols based on cobalt phthalocyanine immobilized on nitrogen-doped graphene. Biosens. Bioelectron. 2015, 66, 438–444. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  82. Palanna, M.; Mohammed, I.; Aralekallu, S.; Nemakal, M.; Sannegowda, L.K. Simultaneous detection of paracetamol and 4-aminophenol at nanomolar levels using biocompatible cysteine-substituted phthalocyanine. New J. Chem. 2020, 44, 1294–1306. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  83. Azzouzi, S.; Ali, M.B.; Abbas, M.N.; Bausells, J.; Zine, N.; Errachid, A. Novel iron (III) phthalocyanine derivative functionalized semiconductor based transducers for the detection of citrate. Org. Electron. 2016, 34, 200–207. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  84. Nantaphol, S.; Jesadabundit, W.; Chailapakul, O.; Siangproh, W. A new electrochemical paper platform for detection of 8-hydroxyquinoline in cosmetics using a cobalt phthalocyanine-modified screen-printed carbon electrode. J. Electroanal. Chem. 2019, 832, 480–485. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
  85. Li, X.; Jiang, Y.; Xie, G.; Tai, H.; Sun, P.; Zhang, B. Copper phthalocyanine thin film transistors for hydrogen sulfide. Sens. Actuators B Chem. 2013, 176, 1191–1196. [Google Scholar] [CrossRef]
Figure 1. Schematic diagram of electrode fabrication of LBL process and FESEM images of (Fe(III)P-PSS)n-Fe(III)P-OMWCNTs/SPCE (adapted from [21] with permission).
Figure 1. Schematic diagram of electrode fabrication of LBL process and FESEM images of (Fe(III)P-PSS)n-Fe(III)P-OMWCNTs/SPCE (adapted from [21] with permission).
Biosensors 11 00172 g001
Figure 2. Schematic representation of the preparation of Hb/f-MWCNT–P-l-His–ZnO-modified electrode for the development of the bromate and H2O2 biosensor (adapted from [38] with permission).
Figure 2. Schematic representation of the preparation of Hb/f-MWCNT–P-l-His–ZnO-modified electrode for the development of the bromate and H2O2 biosensor (adapted from [38] with permission).
Biosensors 11 00172 g002
Figure 3. Schematic illustration of the principles of the fabrication of a PMo12@rGO-PDDA/GCE and the catalytic reduction of bromate (adapted from [16] with permission).
Figure 3. Schematic illustration of the principles of the fabrication of a PMo12@rGO-PDDA/GCE and the catalytic reduction of bromate (adapted from [16] with permission).
Biosensors 11 00172 g003
Figure 4. Schematic representation of the proposed electrocatalytic reduction process of BrO3 at the Pd-NPs/PANI/SBA-15 interface (adapted from [60] with permission).
Figure 4. Schematic representation of the proposed electrocatalytic reduction process of BrO3 at the Pd-NPs/PANI/SBA-15 interface (adapted from [60] with permission).
Biosensors 11 00172 g004
Figure 5. A series of cyclic voltammograms of Pd-NPs/PANI/SBA-15 in 0.5 mol L−1 H2SO4 with different BrO3 concentrations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 mmol L−1 at a scan rate of 20 mV s1. The inset in the picture shows the plotting of the corresponding reduction peak current vs. the BrO3 concentration (adapted from [60] with permission).
Figure 5. A series of cyclic voltammograms of Pd-NPs/PANI/SBA-15 in 0.5 mol L−1 H2SO4 with different BrO3 concentrations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 mmol L−1 at a scan rate of 20 mV s1. The inset in the picture shows the plotting of the corresponding reduction peak current vs. the BrO3 concentration (adapted from [60] with permission).
Biosensors 11 00172 g005
Figure 6. Summary of the electrochemical techniques and sensors for bromate detection.
Figure 6. Summary of the electrochemical techniques and sensors for bromate detection.
Biosensors 11 00172 g006
Table 1. Standard potentials (E°) [16].
Table 1. Standard potentials (E°) [16].
ReactionE°/V (vs. NHE)
BrO3 + 5H+ + 4e ↔ HBrO + 2H2O1.450
BrO3 + 6H+ + 5e ↔ ½Br2 + 3H2O1.482
BrO3 + 6H+ + 6e ↔ Br + 3H2O1.423
HBrO + H+ + e ↔ ½Br2 + H2O1.574
HBrO + H+ + 2e ↔ Br + H2O1.331
Br2 + 2e ↔ 2Br1.087
Table 2. Different electrochemical methods and sensors for bromate detection.
Table 2. Different electrochemical methods and sensors for bromate detection.
Sensor Linear RangeDetection Limit
CategoryModified ElectrodeTechniqueSampleµMµMRef.
ConductingPEDOT/SiMo12/GCEAP 30–8 × 103 [3]
PolymerPTh-D/nafion/AuEECLWater1–1 × 1051[19]
Fe(III)P/MWCNT/GCEAP 2–1500.6[20]
Ni/POM/Ppy/GCEEISWater100–2 × 1030.2[23]
Nd(SiMo7W4)2/PPy/GCECV 0.001–0.032 [24]
TMOPP-Mn(III)Cl)/GESWVBread0.1–1 × 1040.004[32]
CarbonPMo12/MWCNTs/PGEAP 5–15 × 1030.50[36]
nanotubesSWCNT/Os(III)/GCEAP 1–2 × 1030.036[37]
f-MWCNT–P-L-His–ZnO/GCEAPWater2–15 × 1030.30[38]
SiMo12O404−/[Cu(bpy)2]2+/CNT/GCEAP 0.01–200.001[39]
MWCNT/Pd/GCEAP 100–40 × 103 [40]
MWCNT/PLL/Hb/GCEAPWater15–6 × 1030.96[41]
GrapheneGO-PdNPs/GCEAPBread1–1 ×1030.105[11]
rGO-PDDA/PMo12/GCECV 20–10 × 103 [16]
Metal (oxide)CuII-DHB/CPEAP 2–14 × 1030.010[56]
Cd-IL/CPECV 0.005–0.0200.003[57]
Ag/PMo12/PBz/GCEAP 0.086[58]
Pd-NPs/PANI/SBA-15/GCECV 8–40 × 1035[60]
AuRh/GCECV 1–261[61]
CuO/FIA/SPCECV 0.066–19900.027[62]
CNP-Sn(II)/CPESWVWater5–1000.060 [63]
Carbon dotsCDs-PEIECLWater0.04–0.350.0002[70]
Publisher’s Note: MDPI stays neutral with regard to jurisdictional claims in published maps and institutional affiliations.
Back to TopTop