Unprecedented electrochemiluminescence of luminol on a boron-doped diamond thin-film anode. Enhancement by electrogenerated superoxide radical anion

Sergio GARCIA SEGURA, Francesc Centellas, Enric Brillas

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Electrochemiluminescence (ECL) of 0.01 M luminol in NaOH medium of pH 12.0 on a boron-doped diamond (BDD) thin-film anode was studied in the absence and presence of H 2O 2. Here we show a new characteristic property of BDD allowing light emission in a wide potential range of 0.5-5.0 V vs Ag|AgCl, KCl(sat.), a behavior not observed for other anodes. Maximum ECL intensity was found at 2.2-2.8 V without H 2O 2, which became 63 times more intense after adding 0.05 M H 2O 2. The strong enhancement of ECL in the presence of H 2O 2 is attributed to the larger production of emitter 3-aminophthalate dianion, formed by selective nucleophilic attack of superoxide radical anion (O 2 ·-) to the radical electrogenerated from one-electron oxidation of the monoanionic form of luminol. Linear sweep voltammetry showed that ·OH was not generated from OH - oxidation, whereas O 2 ·- can be produced from HO 2 - oxidation. The performance of O 2 ·- in ECL was confirmed by p-benzoquinone quenching.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15500-15504
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number29
StatePublished - Jul 26 2012
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Energy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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