Synthesis of NiO–CeO2 nanocomposite for electrochemical sensing of perilous 4-nitrophenol

  • Naushad AhmadEmail author
  • Manawwer Alam
  • Rizwan Wahab
  • Javed Ahmad
  • Mohd Ubaidullah
  • Anees A. Ansari
  • Nawaf M. Alotaibi


Well-crystalline NiO–CeO2 nanocomposites have been fabricated by ignition method and investigated by X-ray diffraction, Fourier Transform Infrared, UV–Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, Thermal gravimetric analysis, BET surface area, and transmission electron microscopy. The detailed characterizations disclosed that the pre-calcine (700 °C) nanocomposite (NCC) has two pure phases: cubic fluorite phase (CeO2) and cubic face-centered phase (NiO). Finally, the pre-calcine NCC nanocomposite was applied as electron intermediators for the electrochemical sensing of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP). Compared with as-grown modified electrode (NCG/GCE), pre-calcine electrode (NCC/GCE) exhibited more excellent conductivity and better electrocatalytic mediator for 4-NP. It was found that the NCC/GCE sensor displayed diffusion-controlled kinetics and excellent sensitivity (3.68 AμM−1 cm−2). The reduction current is directly proportional to the 4-NP concentration, ranging from 1 to 20 μM with lower detection limit of 2.48 μM.



The authors extend their appreciation to the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Saud University for funding this work through research group no. RG-218.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Naushad Ahmad
    • 1
    Email author
  • Manawwer Alam
    • 1
  • Rizwan Wahab
    • 2
  • Javed Ahmad
    • 2
  • Mohd Ubaidullah
    • 1
  • Anees A. Ansari
    • 3
  • Nawaf M. Alotaibi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, College of ScienceKing Saud UniversityRiyadhKingdom of Saudi Arabia
  2. 2.Department of Zoology, College of ScienceKing Saud UniversityRiyadhKingdom of Saudi Arabia
  3. 3.King Abdullah Institute for NanotechnologyKing Saud UniversityRiyadhKingdom of Saudi Arabia

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