Abstract: Simple chemical synthesis is highly efficient to develop metal oxide composites as active electrode materials for an electrochemical sensor displaying enhanced catalytic sites, fast kinetics, and easy accessibility to target molecules. In this work, a cobalt oxide/tin oxide (Co3O4/SnO2) composite was prepared by a facile co-precipitation method and employed for the voltammetric determination of ornidazole (ODZ). The structural and morphological properties of the as-synthesized materials were studied through XRD, FT-IR, BET, FE-SEM, TEM, and XPS analyses. The electrochemical activity was investigated using cyclic voltammetric (CV) and linear sweep voltammetric (LSV) techniques. The electrochemical signal shows that the modified glassy carbon electrode (Co3O4/SnO2/GCE) revealed superior sensing ability in rapid ODZ detection compared to a single component of Co3O4 or SnO2. The performance was investigated over a wide linear range of 0.2 to 1185.8 μM with a low detection limit of 0.059 μM for ODZ, respectively, at a low-cost Co3O4/SnO2 modified electrode. Good selectivity was observed in the presence of NFT, 2-NA, and Cd2+ by the ODZ sensor. Furthermore, the excellent stability, repeatability, and reproducibility suggest that the constructed electrode based on Co3O4/SnO2/GCE is promising for real-time application in water samples.
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