EQCM study of the redox processes of polyvinylferrocene film in L-glutamine solution

Lei Yu, Meghana Sathe, Xiangqun Zeng

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

17 Scopus citations


In this paper, we investigate the polyvinylferrocene (PVF) redox behavior in contact with a bathing solution containing L-glutamine (Gln) by electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM). Our study shows that the interaction of PVF with Gin is dramatically different from PVF redox behavior in salt solutions, e.g., NaClO 4. Rather than the doping of anion in anodic process and undoping of anion in cathodic process, Gin doping and undoping are observed in either anodic or cathodic process depending on the redox potential. This effect is rationalized by the strong preadsorption of Gin in the reduced PVF film and the local pH change that subsequently changes the Gin zwitterions charge states during the oxidation and reduction of PVF. OH - ions also act as counterions and play critical roles in the redox switching of PVF processes in Gin bathing solution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 2 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'EQCM study of the redox processes of polyvinylferrocene film in L-glutamine solution'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this