Enhanced sensitivity of scanning bipolar electrochemical microscopy for O2 detection

Santos, C.S. and Conzuelo, F. and Eßmann, V. and Bertotti, M. and Schuhmann, W.

Volume: 1087 Pages: 36-43
DOI: 10.1016/j.aca.2019.08.049
Published: 2019

The Scanning Bipolar Electrochemical Microscope (SBECM) allows precise positioning of an electrochemical micro-probe serving as bipolar electrode that can be wirelessly interrogated by coupling the electrochemical detection reaction with an electrochemiluminescent reporting process. As a result, the spatially heterogeneous concentrations of an analyte of interest can be converted in real time into a map of sample reactivity. However, this can only be achieved upon optimization of the analytical performance ensuring adequate sensitivity. Here, we present the evaluation and optimized operation of the SBECM for the detection of small changes in local O2 concentrations. Parameters for achieving an improved sensitivity as well as possibilities for improving the signal-to-noise ratio in the optical signal readout are evaluated. The capability of the SBECM for O2 detection is shown at controlled conditions by recording the topography of a patterned sample and monitoring O2 evolution from a photoelectrocatalyst material. © 2019 Elsevier B.V.

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