Porphyrin-based metal-organic framework thin films for electrochemical nitrite detection

Chung Wei Kung, Ting Hsiang Chang, Li Yao Chou, Joseph T. Hupp, Omar K. Farha, Kuo Chuan Ho*

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Uniform zirconium-based porphyrin metal-organic framework (MOF-525) thin films are grown on conducting glass substrates by using a solvothermal approach. The obtained MOF-525 thin film is electrochemically addressable in aqueous solution and shows electrocatalytic activity for nitrite oxidation. The mechanism for the electrocatalytic oxidation of nitrite at the MOF-525 thin film is investigated by cyclic voltammetry. The redox mechanism of the MOF-525 thin film in the KCl aqueous solution is studied by amperometry. The MOF-525 thin film is deployed as an amperometric nitrite sensor. The linear range, sensitivity, and limit of detection are 20-800 μM, 95 μA/mM-cm2, and 2.1 μM, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-56
Number of pages6
JournalElectrochemistry Communications
StatePublished - Jun 23 2015


  • Electroactive metal-organic frameworks
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Electrochemical sensor
  • Solvothermal growth
  • Zirconium node

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrochemistry

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