Preparation TiO2 core-shell nanospheres and application as efficiency drug detection sensor
© Yue et al.; licensee Springer. 2014
Received: 14 July 2014
Accepted: 27 August 2014
Published: 3 September 2014
In this paper, we report the facile preparation of monodisperse titanium dioxide-diltiazem/tetrachlorobismuth core-shell nanospheres (TiO2@DTMBi), in which, diltiazem (DTM)/tetrachlorobismuth (BiCl4) complexes were employed as electroactive materials. The morphology, size, formation, and structure of the obtained TiO2@DTMBi spheres were investigated by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The optimal condition of obtained monodisperse 40-nm TiO2@DTMBi spheres was researched. The results of using TiO2@DTMBi nanospheres as proposed drug sensor indicate a wide linear range (10-7 to 10-1 M) and a very low detection limit of 0.20 μg/mL.
Monodisperse nanoparticles have continued to arouse interests due to their broad range of applications in biological and biomedical applications, such as drug and gene delivery vectors, bioimaging agents, chemical, and biological sensors [1–5]. The sensing of biological agents, diseases, toxic materials, and drugs is always an important goal for biomedical diagnosis and forensic analysis . Because the attachment of metallic and semiconductor nanoparticles onto electrodes drastically enhances the conductivity and electron transfer from the redox analytes, these nanoparticles have been widely applied to electroanalytical sensing . Among various metal oxide nanoparticles, owing to its low cost, good electrochemical performance, and hydrophilic surface, TiO2 nanoparticles have been typically and widely used in biological and electroanalytical sensing fields, especially in aqueous systems [4, 5]. Thus, fabrication of monodisperse TiO2 nanoparticles have always attracted much attention [5, 7–9]. However, so far there is lack of knowledge regarding using TiO2 nanoparticles as drug detection sensor. Here in, the present work aims to investigate TiO2 nanospheres as high-efficiency sensor for detection of diltiazem, a drug commonly used in the treatment of hypertension, angina pectoris, and some types of arrhythmia.
Recently, a few investigations focused on potentiometric membrane as sensors used for the analysis of different kinds of drugs including of diltiazem: the detection concentration range is approximately 10-5 to 10-1 M, and the detection limit was about several micrograms per milliliter [10, 11]. Though the carbon nanotubes were introduced into the research , it seemed to widen the detection concentration range and lowering the detection limit is still a big challenge. By the virtue of TiO2 in sensing field [5–7], in the present work, we intend to prepare a sensor with wider linear range and lower detection limit as sub micrograms per milliliter.
Preparation of TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs)
The synthesis of TiO2 nanoparticles follows the titanium (IV) butoxide Ti (OC4H9) hydrolysis method reported before with some modification [7, 12]. Briefly, Ti (OC4H9) (97%, Sigma-Aldrich, St. Loius, MO, USA) was dissolved in distilled water at room temperature to form an aqueous solution of 0.12 mol/L. After stirring for 12 h, the prepared solution was kept in a water bath under approximately 80°C without stirring for 3 h. The obtained white precipitates were alternately rinsed by distilled water and ethanol thoroughly, then, they were ultrafiltered through 0.22-μm pore-size filters to remove the insoluble impurities. Finally, after centrifugally separated from solution, the fabricated nanoparticles were dried at 120°C for 20 h and sintered at 600°C for 4 h for further characterization and application.
Preparation of TiO2@DTMBi core-shell nanospheres
Key parameters of obtained TiO 2 @DTMBi NSs and drug detection results
Detection limit (μg/mL)
Preparation of TiO2@DTMBi nanospheres modified membrane electrodes
According to the literature , the general procedure to prepare TiO2@DTMBi nanospheres (NSs) modified polyvinylchloride (PVC) membrane was as follows: 5.0-mg TiO2@DTMBi NSs along with 30.0-mg PVC, and 65.0-mg dibutyl phthalate (DBP) were dispersed in 5.0-mL tetrahydrofuran (THF) to form a mixture. The resulting mixture was transferred into a glass dish. The solvent was evaporated slowly until an oily concentrated mixture was obtained. A Pyrex tube (4 mm o.d.) was dipped into the mixture for approximately 8 s so that a transparent membrane of about 0.3-mm thickness is formed. The tube was then filled with 1.0-mM DTM solution and soaked in 1.0-mM DTM solution for 24 h before used as membrane electrode.
Preparation of standard diltiazem hydrochloride solutions
A stock solution of 0.1 M diltiazem hydrochloride was prepared. The working solutions (10-7 to 10-1 M) were prepared by serial appropriate dilution of the stock solution.
To identify the composition of the synthetic products, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) was performed by using a SHIMADZU spectrum system (SHIMADZU, Kyoto, Japan) with a resolution of 4.00 cm-1. The structure of the products was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) using a SHIMADZU X-lab 6000 X-ray powder diffractometer with Cu Kα radiation. The morphologies of the products were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Hitachi, S4800, Tokyo, Japan) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM, JEM-1200EX, Tokyo, Japan). The mean diameter of the corresponding sample was performed by using dynamic light scattering (DLS, Malvern, Nano ZS90, Worcestershire, UK). The electrochemical data were obtained using a CHI660C electrochemical workstation using cyclic voltammetry and electromotive force measurements. The typical cell for electrochemical data measurement was assembled as follows:
Ag-AgCl | internal solution, 1 mM DTM | PVC membrane electrode | sample solution | Hg-Hg2Cl2, KCl (satd.).
Results and discussion
Morphology of TiO2@DTMBi NSs
Sensor properties of TiO2@DTMBi NSs
Formation, structure, and optimal preparation condition of TiO2@DTMBi NSs
In Figure 4b, XRD peaks of DTM are only visible for T1 sample. This is because T3 sample contains very low content of DTM. This inference is consistent with the FTIR results showed in Figure 4a. FTIR spectrum for T3 sample presents very weak absorption from 1,230 to 1,650 cm-1 ascribed to DTM characteristic peaks (Figure 4a (spectrum 2). We deduce that the very low content of DTM in T3 sample was because of the rinsing process. For T1 sample, because the initial ratio of DTMBi/TiO2 is much higher than T3 sample, T1 sample contains more amount of DTM after the rinsing process.
Mechanism for response improvement in the TiO2-based system
As far as the mechanism for response improvement in the TiO2-based system is concerned, take T1 sample for typical example, we think that evident response improvement is mainly caused by two reasons. One is the response surface area for T1 and T0 (the control) is different. Figure 2e, f reveals that electrode surface for T0 and T1 are totally different; it is obvious that T1 with many nanospheres have bigger response surface area than T0 without TiO2 nanoparticles. The other is that those TiO2 nanoparticles enhance the conductivity and electron transfer of the modified electrode, thus, the enhanced electro transfer would increase the sensitivity to diltiazem drug. The results listed in Table 1 also indicate that the morphology of the obtained TiO2@DTMBi samples play a very important role on the detection limit. T1 sample with monodisperse morphology has a much lower detection limit of 0.20 μg/mL than those of T2 (1.12 μg/mL) and T3 samples (0.94 μg/mL) with aggregate morphology (shown in Figure 5). We deduce that this difference is mainly caused by different response surface area of T1 to T3 samples, monodisperse nanospheres having bigger response surface area than those aggregate ones.
In summary, monodisperse, core-shell TiO2@DTMBi NSs with size of approximately 40 nm were facile prepared. The obtained TiO2@DTMBi NSs were also investigated as sensor to detect diltiazem. The results reveal that when these core-shell NSs are used as detection sensor, they can provide a wider detection range of 10-1 to 10-7 M and much lower detection limit of 0.20 μg/mL than the literature data. These data demonstrate that TiO2@DTMBi core-shell NSs can be used as proposed high-performance sensor for diltiazem detection.
ZC is a Ph.D. major in Biomedical Engineering, Sichuan University, China. He has focused his research interest on the biomaterials especially on the nanoparticles synthesis and application for more than 7 years. His published papers involved the inorganic and organic nanoparticles toward multifunctional nanocarriers and sensors and biomineralization.
This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51202199 and 51074205), Natural Science Foundation of Liaoning Province (No.2014022038), Excellent Talents Program of Liaoning Provincial Universities (No. LJQ2013089), Liaoning S & T Project (No.2013225305), Liaoning Provincial University Students Researching Training Programs (No. 201210160012), and Liaoning Medical University Principal Fund (No. XZJJ20130104-01).
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