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Proceedings 2017, 1(4), 452;

Detection of Nitrate/Nitrite Using BDD Electrodes Coated with Metal Nano-Catalysts

CEA, LIST, Diamond Sensors Laboratory, Gif Sur Yvette 91191, France
Presented at the Eurosensors 2017 Conference, Paris, France, 3–6 September 2017.
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Published: 11 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of Eurosensors 2017)
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The aim of this work is to investigate the mechanisms of nitrate and nitrite ions electro-reduction in neutral solution at boron doped diamond (BDD) electrodes modified with metal catalyst nanoparticles. The electrode preparation consists in sputtering a thin metal layer onto polycrystalline BDD by a physical vapor deposition method, followed by a dewetting heat treatment at 700 °C under oxygen-free atmosphere. Such a process leads to a stable population of nanosized metal particles as characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and cyclic voltammetry. Electro-reduction of NO2 and NO3 was characterized both on a bare BDD electrode and on BDD electrodes decorated with platinum-gold, ruthenium-gold and ruthenium nanoparticles in the range 4 to 25 mM. The amperometric response was enhanced by the presence of the nanoparticles, the most sensitive electrode being Pt-Au/BDD and Ru-Au/BDD for nitrite and nitrate ions, respectively.
Keywords: boron doped diamond; nano-catalysts; nitrate/nitrite detection boron doped diamond; nano-catalysts; nitrate/nitrite detection
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Zribi, B.; Scorsone, E. Detection of Nitrate/Nitrite Using BDD Electrodes Coated with Metal Nano-Catalysts. Proceedings 2017, 1, 452.

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