Impedance study of thiolated polyaniline

Maija Blomquist, Johan Bobacka, Ari Ivaska, Kalle Levon

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Covalent attachment of thiolated probes to conducting polymers such as polyaniline (PANI) is a promising approach towards the development of electrochemical sensors and biosensors. However, thiolation alters the conjugated polymer backbone and influences the electrochemical behavior of the conducting polymer. PANI studied in this work was electropolymerized on glassy carbon (GC) electrodes from a solution of 0.1 M aniline in 0.5 or 1.0 M H2SO4. The GC/PANI electrodes were then functionalized by covalent attachment of 2-mercaptoethanol to the PANI backbone. The progress of thiolation was studied by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Thiolation of PANI was found to cause an initial decrease in electroactivity at 0-0.25 V and an increase in electroactivity at 0.25-0.6 V. However, prolonged thiolation caused a loss of electroactivity of PANI, which could be seen from EIS measurements as a dramatic decrease in the bulk redox capacitance of PANI.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)2783–2789
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Solid State Electrochemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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