Sol-gel-derived graphite organosilicate composite electrodes bulk-modified with Keggin-type α-germanomolybdic acid

P. Wang, Y. Yuan, Z. Han, G. Zhu

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Abstract

A novel inorganic-organic hybrid material incorporating graphite powder and Keggin-type α-germanomolybdic acid (GeMo12) in methyltrimethoxysilane-based gels has been produced by the sol-gel technique and used to fabricate a chemically bulk-modified electrode. GeMo12 acts as a catalyst, graphite powder ensures conductivity by percolation, the silicate provides a rigid porous backbone, and the methyl groups endow hydrophobicity and thus limit the wetting section of the modified electrode. The GeMo12-modified graphite organosilicate composite electrode was characterized by cyclic and square-wave voltammetry. The modified electrode shows a high electrocatalytic activity toward the reduction of bromate, nitrite and hydrogen peroxide in acidic aqueous solution. In addition, the chemically-modified electrode has some distinct advantages over the traditional polyoxometalate-modified electrodes, such as long-term stability and especially repeatability of surface-renewal by simple mechanical polishing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-553
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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