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Water SA

On-line version ISSN 1816-7950
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ONDIGO, DA et al. A colorimetric probe for the detection of Ni2+ in water based on Ag-Cu alloy nanoparticles hosted in electrospun nanofibres. Water SA [online]. 2016, vol.42, n.3, pp.408-414. ISSN 1816-7950.

A Ni2+ based colorimetric probe based on glutathione-stabilized silver/copper nanoparticles (GSH-Ag-Cu alloy NPs) in an electrospun polymer matrix is reported. Glutathione-Ag-Cu alloy NPs were characterized by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The freshly synthesized GSH-Ag-Cu alloy NPs in a polymer matrix were black in colour due to an intense surface plasmon absorption band at 424 nm. However the electrospun nanocomposite fibres were green in colour and in the presence of Ni2+ the green GSH-Ag-Cu alloy NP fibres were discoloured. The sensitivity of the GSH-Ag-Cu alloy NPs towards other representative transition, alkali and alkali earth metal ions was negligible. The effect of the concentration of Ni2+ on the nanocomposite fibres was evaluated and the 'eye-ball' limit of detection was found to be 5.8 μg/mL.

Keywords : colorimetric probes; alloy nanoparticles; electrospun nanofibres; heavy metal determination.

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