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The oxidation of ascorbate at poly(aniline)-poly(vinylsulfonate) composite coated electrodes

Bartlett, P.N. and Wallace, E.N.K. (2001) The oxidation of ascorbate at poly(aniline)-poly(vinylsulfonate) composite coated electrodes Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 3, (8), pp. 1491-1496. (doi:10.1039/b009377g).

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Poly(aniline)-poly(vinylsulfonate) composite coated glassy carbon electrodes are shown to be good electrocatalytic surfaces for the oxidation of ascorbate at 0.1 V vs. SCE and pH 7. The observed currents are both reproducible and repeatable thus enabling a detailed study of the kinetics of the reaction. For ascorbate concentrations up to 5 mmol dm(-3) the current is mass transport limited at the rotating disc electrode. At higher concentrations (above 40 mmol dm(-3)) the current becomes independent of ascorbate concentration. The current is independent of polymer film thickness at all ascorbate concentrations. The currents for ascorbate oxidation as a function of concentration, electrode rotation speed, film thickness and electrode potential are analysed in terms of a model in which the ascorbate forms a reactive complex at the surface of the polymer film and then undergoes oxidation within this complex. This kinetic scheme is similar to that already demonstrated for the oxidation of NADH at polymer coated electrodes of this type. Finally it is shown that NAD(+) reversibly inhibits the oxidation of ascorbate suggesting that ascorbate oxidation occurs at the same sites on the polymer surface as NADH oxidation.

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Published date: 2001
Keywords: adenine-dinucleotide, nadh, self-doped polyaniline, electrochemical oxidation, carbon electrodes, poly(aniline)-coated electrodes, acidoxidation, electrocatalysis, polypyrrole, mechanism, stress


Local EPrints ID: 19391
ISSN: 1463-9076
PURE UUID: 8f1141bf-1ba2-4074-b5b5-c90030e2cc96
ORCID for P.N. Bartlett: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 13 Feb 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:31

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