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International Journal of Electrochemistry
Volume 2011, Article ID 386023, 12 pages
Research Article

Polynuclear Nickel Hexacyanoferrate/Graphitized Mesoporous Carbon Hybrid Chemically Modified Electrode for Selective Hydrazine Detection

1Environmental and Analytical Chemistry Division, School of Advanced Sciences, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore 632 014, India
2Sensor Systems Technology Division, School of Electronics and Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore 632 014, India

Received 17 May 2011; Revised 20 July 2011; Accepted 3 August 2011

Academic Editor: Aleksandar Radu

Copyright © 2011 Palani Barathi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A hybrid polynuclear nickel hexacyanoferrate (NiHCFe)/graphitized mesoporous carbon- (GMC-) modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE/NiHCFe@GMC) has been prepared by a sequential method using electrodeposited Ni on a GMC-modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE/Ni@GMC) as a template and [Fe(CN)6]3− as an in-situ chemical precipitant, without any additional interlinking agent. Physicochemical and electrochemical characterizations reveal the presence of NiHCFe units within the porous sites of the GMC. The GCE/NiHCFe@GMC electrode showed highly stable and well-defined redox behaviors with surface-confined electron-transfer mechanism in a pH 7 phosphate buffer solution. The GCE/NiHCFe@GMC showed about 20 times enhancement in hydrazine oxidation peak current along with 500 mV reduction in overpotential over the corresponding unmodified GCE/GMC. Hydrazine calibration plots by CV and amperometric i-t methods were linear up to 1 mM and 220 μM with current sensitivity values of 15.86 μA/mM and 7.37 nA/μM, respectively. Calculated detection limit by the amperometric i-t method was 23.2 nM. The hybrid GCE/NiHCFe@GMC exhibits remarkable tolerance to important industrial and biological interferents. Finally determination of hydrazine in cigarette smoke sample was successfully demonstrated.