Simple ultrasensitive electrochemical detection of the DBP plasticizer for the risk assessment of South Korean river waters

N. G. Gurudatt, Kyungyeon Lee, Woong Heo, Hyo Il Jung

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Rapid detection of contaminants for the purpose of sensitive and quantitative monitoring of environmental hazards is an essential first step in realizing the avoidance of human health risks. In this regard, we present a fast and simple electrochemical method of detecting di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) from river water samples using a phthalic acid group specific aptamer modified on a gold nanoparticle (AuNP) functionalized graphene oxide nano-platelet (GO) and ionic liquid (IL) nanocomposite. Here, the IL/GO nanocomposite allows an enhanced interaction with phthalate esters, thereby increasing the sensitivity of the sensor surface. The proposed sensor showed a wide linear dynamic range from 0.14 pg mL−1 to 0.35 ng mL−1 and from 0.35 ng mL−1 to 7 ng mL−1 with a detection limit of ≤0.042 pg mL−1, which were evaluated using standard, analytical grade DBP; the limit of quantification was determined using different concentrations of DBP in DI water in comparison with gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC/MS) values. The proposed sensor was used to monitor the DBP concentrations in river water samples collected from various locations across South Korea. The quantitative data from the measurements in comparison with standard GC/MS values were then used to ascertain the human health risk posed by the daily consumption of these river waters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3525-3533
Number of pages9
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jun 24

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Korea Environment Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI) through the Aquatic Ecosystem Conservation Research Program, funded by the Korea Ministry of Environment (MOE) (2020003030007); Korea Institute of Planning and Evaluation for Technology in Food, Agriculture and Forestry (IPET) through Crop Viruses and Pests Response Industry Technology Development Program, funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (MAFRA) (320035031HD030); and National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (no. 2020R1A5A1018052) and (no. 2021R1A2C301125411).

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© 2022 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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