Effect of Aspect Ratio of a Gold-Nanorod-Modified Screen-Printed Carbon Electrode for Carbaryl Detection in Three Different Samples of Vegetables

Wulan Tri Wahyuni, Budi Riza Putra, Hemas Arif Rahman, Tribidasari A. Ivandini, None Irkham, Munawar Khalil, Isnaini Rahmawati

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In this study, three different sizes of gold nanorods (AuNRs) were synthesized using the seed-growth method by adding various volumes of AgNO3 as 400, 600, and 800 μL into the growth solution of gold nanoparticles. Three different sizes of AuNRs were then characterized using UV-vis spectroscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED) patterns, and atomic force microscopy (AFM) to investigate the surface morphology, topography, and aspect ratios of each synthesized AuNR. The aspect ratios from the histogram of size distributions of three AuNRs as 2.21, 2.53, and 2.85 can be calculated corresponding to the addition of AgNO3 volumes of 400, 600, and 800 μL. Moreover, each AuNR in three different aspect ratios was drop-cast onto the surface of a commercial screen-printed carbon electrode (SPCE) to obtain three different SPCE-modified AuNRs (SPCE-A400, SPCE-A600, and SPCE-A800, respectively). All SPCE-modified AuNRs were then evaluated for their electrochemical behavior using cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques and the highest electrochemical performance was shown as the order of magnitude of SPCE-A400 > SPCE-A600/SPCE-A800. The reason for the highest electrocatalytic activity of SPCE-A400 might be due to the smallest particle size and uniform distribution of AuNRs ∼ 2.2, which enhanced the charge transfer, thus providing the highest electroactive surface area (0.6685 cm2) compared to other electrodes. These results also confirm that the sensing mechanism for all SPCE-modified AuNRs is controlled by diffusion phenomena. In addition, the optimum pH was obtained as 4 for carbaryl detection for all SPCE-modified AuNRs with the highest current shown by SPCE-A400. Furthermore, SPCE-A400 has the highest fundamental parameters (surface coverage, catalytic rate constant, electron transfer rate constant, and adsorption capacity) for carbaryl detection, which were investigated using cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometric techniques. The electroanalytical performances of all SPCE-modified AuNRs for carbaryl detection were also investigated with SPCE-A400 displaying the best performance among other electrodes in terms of its linearity (0.2-100 μM), limit of detection (LOD) ∼ 0.07 μM, and limit of quantification (LOQ) ∼ 0.2 μM. All SPCE-modified AuNRs were also subsequently evaluated for their stability, reproducibility, and selectivity in the presence of interfering species such as NaNO2, NH4NO3, Zn(CH3CO2)2, FeSO4, diazinon, and glucose and show reliable results as depicted from %RSD values less than 3%. At last, all SPCE-modified AuNRs have been employed for carbaryl detection using a standard addition technique in three different samples of vegetables (cabbage, cucumber, and Chinese cabbage) with its results (%recovery ≈ 100%) within the acceptable analytical range. In conclusion, this work demonstrates the great potential of a disposable device based on an AuNR-modified SPCE for rapid detection and high sensitivity in monitoring the concentration of carbaryl as a residual pesticide in vegetable samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1497-1515
Number of pages19
JournalACS Omega
Issue number1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


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