Vanadium Selenide Nanobelt Electrocatalyst for Dopamine-Selective Detection


Electrochemical dopamine (DA) detection has been extensively studied for the practical diagnosis of neurological disorders. A major challenge in this system is to synthesize selective and sensitive DA sensing electrocatalysts in extracellular fluids, because critical interferents such as uric acid (UA) and ascorbic acid (AA) exhibit oxidation potentials similar to those of DA. Herein, we report an extremely selective and sensitive electrocatalyst for DA sensing prepared by vanadium selenide (V2Se9). A solution-based process for the first time was introduced to synthesize the V2Se9, showing unique DA-philic characteristic caused by exposure negative charge of crystal selenide. Owing to its distinctive features, the prepared V2Se9 electrode detected only DA in the presence of concentrated interferents. Furthermore, nano-structured V2Se9 electrode extremely improves DA sensing ability as low as practical detection limit with maintaining inactive interferent characteristic. More interestingly, an identical unique DA-sensing ability was also observed in a V2Se9 analogue—Nb2Se9. We believe that this finding provides new insights into the effect of the analyte-philic properties of electrode materials on the electrocatalytic response for selective analyte quantification.

ACS Applied Nano Materials, 2023, 18, 16242