Simultaneous voltammetric determination of gallic and ellagic acids in cognac and brandy using electrode modified with functionalized SWNT and poly(pyrocatechol violet)

  • Guzel ZiyatdinovaEmail author
  • Ekaterina Guss
  • Evgeniya Morozova
  • Herman Budnikov
  • Rustam Davletshin
  • Vyacheslav Vorobev
  • Yuri Osin


Voltammetric approach for the simultaneous determination of gallic and ellagic acids using glassy carbon electrode modified with polyaminobenzene sulfonic acid functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (f-SWNT) and poly(pyrocatechol violet) (polyPCV/f-SWNT/GCE) has been developed. The electrochemical PCV polymerization has been performed in potentiodynamic mode. The optimization of electrolysis conditions (supporting electrolyte, PCV concentration, polarization window, number of cycles, and potential scan rate) has been performed. The best voltammetric characteristics of gallic and ellagic acids oxidation have been registered on the poly(PCV)-modified electrode obtained by tenfold potential scanning from − 0.2 to 1.1 V at 50 mV s1 using 50 μmol L1 PCV in 0.1 mol L1 H2SO4. The electrode is characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), cyclic voltammetry (CV), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The statistically significant changes in the effective surface area of modified electrodes (38.9 ± 0.6 mm2 for f-SWNT/GCE and 49.0 ± 0.2 mm2 for polyPCV/f-SWNT/GCE vs. 8.2 ± 0.3 mm2 for GCE) have been confirmed. EIS data have shown 2.6-fold decrease of the charge transfer resistance in comparison to GCE. Under conditions of differential pulse voltammetry (DPV), the analytical ranges of 0.75–10 and 10–100 μmol L1 for gallic acid and 0.75–7.5 and 7.5–100 μmol L1 for ellagic acid have been obtained. The limits of detection (LOD) and quantification (LOQ) of 0.12 and 0.41 μmol L1 for gallic acid and 0.11 and 0.37 μmol L1 for ellagic acid have been achieved. The approach developed has been applied for the simultaneous determination of the gallic and ellagic acids in cognac and brandy. The results obtained agree well to chromatography data.


Voltammetry Modified electrodes Electropolymerization Carbon nanotubes Phenolic acids Food analysis 


Funding Information

This work was funded by Russian Foundation for Basic Research (grant 18-33-00220-mol_a).

Russian Foundation for Basic Research (grant 18-33-00220-mol_a).

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Guzel Ziyatdinova declares that she has no conflict of interest. Ekaterina Guss declares that she has no conflict of interest. Evgeniya Morozova declares that she has no conflict of interest. Herman Budnikov declares that he has no conflict of interest. Rustam Davletshin declares that he has no conflict of interest. Vyacheslav Vorobev declares that he has no conflict of interest. Yuri Osin declares that he has no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Analytical Chemistry Department, A.M. Butlerov Institute of ChemistryKazan Federal UniversityKazanRussian Federation
  2. 2.Department of Organoelement Compounds Chemistry, A.M. Butlerov Institute of ChemistryKazan Federal UniversityKazanRussian Federation
  3. 3.Interdisciplinary Center for Analytical MicroscopyKazan Federal UniversityKazanRussian Federation

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