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Exploring the applications of a pulsating jet hydrodynamic modulated voltammetric (HMV) system – Electrochemistry of nanostructured Pt electrodes and trace analysis

By Jekaterina Kuleshova, Peter R. Birkin and Joanne M. Elliott


The electrochemistry of nanostructured electrodes is investigated using hydrodynamic modulated voltammetry (HMV). Here a liquid crystal templating process is used to produce a platinum modified electrode with a relatively high surface area (Roughness factor, Rf = 42.4). The electroreduction of molecular oxygen at a nanostructured platinum surface is used to demonstrate the ability of HMV to discriminate between Faradaic and non-Faradaic electrode reactions. The HMV approach shows that the reduction of molecular oxygen shows considerable hysteresis correlating with the formation and stripping of oxide species at the platinum surface. Without the HMV analysis it is difficult to discern the same detail under the conditions employed. In addition the detection limit of the apparatus is explored and shown, under ideal conditions, to be of the order of 45 nmol dm^?3 employing [Fe(CN)6]^4? as a test species

Topics: QD
Year: 2009
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