Highly sensitive colorimetric determination of nitrite based on the selective etching of concave gold nanocubes
- Highly sensitive colorimetric determination of nitrite based on the selective etching of concave gold nanocubes
- 이강봉; 이연희; 남윤식; 김진영; 이지영; 윤수진
- Nitrite ion sensor; Concave gold nanocubes; Etching; Colorimetric probe; Surface plasmon resonance
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- Microchimica Acta
- VOL 188, NO 132-11
- Concave gold nanocubes are viable optical nanoprobes for the determination of nitrite ions. Herein, a novel approach was developed, based on the measurement of localized surface plasmon resonance absorption. The addition of nitrite ions selectively induced the etching of concave gold nanocubes, abrading the sharp vertices to spherical corners, which resulted in blue-shifted absorption accompanied by a color change from sapphire blue to light violet. The mechanism of selective etching of concave gold nanocube tips was elucidated by using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atom probe tomography. The optimized detection of NO2？ via the concave gold nanocube-based probe occurred at pH 3.0 and in 20 mM NaCl concentration at 40 °C. The absorption ratios (A550 nm/A640 nm) were proportional to the NO2？ concentrations in the range 0.0？30 μM, with a detection limit of 38 nM (limit of quantitation of 0.12 μM and precision of 2.7%) in tap water. The highly selective and sensitive colorimetric assay has been successfully applied to monitor the nitrite ion concentrations in spiked tap water, pond water, commercial ham, and sausage samples.
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