Detection of aromatic nitro compounds with electrode polarization controlling sensor

Kumi Masunaga, Kosuke Hayama, Takeshi Onodera, Kenshi Hayashi, Norio Miura, Kiyoshi Matsumoto, Kiyoshi Toko

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The global demands for landmine abolition become stronger, whereas the development of landmine detection technology progresses slowly. At present, the detection activities are mainly performed by means of a metal detector or a well-trained dog that needs much time and cost. Therefore, a more efficient landmine detection technique is desired. Most landmines contain aromatic nitro compounds, such as 2,4-dinitrotoluene (DNT) and 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) as explosive charges; therefore, these substances are clues for landmines. In this study, we tried to detect amount of aromatic nitro compounds high-sensitively using a surface-polarization controlling method that measures electrochemical impedance of an electrode surface where explosive compounds adsorbed. As a result, we could detect the aromatic nitro compounds at detection limits of sub-μM level and distinguish the aromatic nitro compounds from other aromatic compounds at 100 μM at least. Furthermore, in order to improve specificity and sensitivity to aromatic nitro compounds, the electrode surface was modified with arenes that makes charge-transfer complex with aromatic nitro compounds. We adopted anthracene as the arene to functionalize the electrode surface. The modified electrode makes it possible to detect the aromatic nitro compounds selectively. This method enables us to develop a sensor for landmine detection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-434
Number of pages8
JournalSensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
Issue number1-2 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - Jul 22 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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