Science in China Series B: Chemistry

, Volume 47, Issue 4, pp 267–275 | Cite as

A thin-layer spectroelectrochemical study of 3,3′,5,5′-tetramethylbenzidine at SnO2:F film optically transparent electrode

  • Jiao Kui 
  • Yang Tao 
  • Niu Shuyan 


The electrooxidation of 3,3′, 5,5′-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) is dependent on the pH value of Britton-Robinson (B-R) buffer solution. In this work, the electrooxidation behavior of TMB was investigated with a SnO2:F film optically transparent thin-layer spectroelectrochemical cell. TMB underwent one two-electron electrooxidation process in the pH range from 2.0 to < 4.0, and two successive one-electron electrooxidation processes in the pH range from 4.0 to < 7.0 in the B-R buffer solution. At pH 6.5, the electrooxidative product of TMB generated a subsequent chemical reaction to yield an azo compound. Several spectroelectrochemical techniques, such as thin-layer cyclic voltammetry, thin-layer cyclic voltabsorptometry, thin-layer potential-controlled electrolysis absorptometry, thin-layer single-potential-step chronoabsorptometry, thin-layer double-potential-step chronoabsorptometry, thin-layer single-potential-step open-circuit relaxation chronoabsorptometry, were applied to this investigation. The formal potential E0′ and the electron transfer number corresponding to the electrooxidation of TMB in B-R buffer solution, and the reaction rate constant of the subsequent chemical reaction were determined.


3,3′,5,5′-tetramethylbenzidine tin oxide film optically transparent electrode thin-layer spectroelectro-chemistry electrooxidation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Chemistry and Molecular EngineeringQingdao University of Science and TechnologyQingdaoChina
  2. 2.College of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringOcean University of ChinaQingdaoChina

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