, Volume 24, Issue 10, pp 3177–3186 | Cite as

A 3D composite of gold nanoparticle-decorated MnO2-graphene-carbon nanotubes as a novel sensing platform for the determination of nitrite

  • Su-Juan LiEmail author
  • Meng-Meng Lv
  • Jing-Jing Meng
  • Ling-Zhi Zhao
Original Paper


A novel 3D composite of gold nanoparticle (AuNP)-decorated MnO2-graphene (GP)-carbon nanotube (CNT)-modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was fabricated by drop casting the as-synthesized AuNP/MnO2-GP-CNT suspension onto the surface of GCE. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images indicate the successful formation of AuNPs/MnO2-GP-CNT composite step by step from the precursor of CNTs. The cyclic voltammetry (CV) results show the AuNPs/MnO2-GP-CNTs/GCE exhibits superior electrocatalytic activity towards oxidation of nitrite in a 0.1 M phosphate-buffered saline (PBS, pH 7.0) compared to the MnO2-GP-CNTs/GCE. The result of amperometric response indicates that the AuNPs/MnO2-GP-CNTs/GCE can be used to determine nitrite concentration in a wide linear range of 1.0 and 2896 μM with a detection limit of 0.05 μM. The developed method can be successfully applied for determination of nitrite in water samples.


Nitrite MnO2 Gold nanoparticle Graphene Carbon nanotube 


Funding information

This work was supported by the grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21105002), the fund project for Young Scholar sponsored by Henan province (14HASTIT012), and for Henan Key Technologies R&D Program (122102310516, 12B150002).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Su-Juan Li
    • 1
    Email author
  • Meng-Meng Lv
    • 1
  • Jing-Jing Meng
    • 1
  • Ling-Zhi Zhao
    • 1
  1. 1.Henan Province Key Laboratory of New Optoelectronic Functional Materials, College of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringAnyang Normal UniversityAnyangChina

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