A novel co-reactant-free electrogenerated chemiluminescence (ECL) system is developed where Ru(bpy)3 2+ emission is obtained on boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrodes. The method exploits the unique ability of BDD to operate at very high oxidation potential in aqueous solutions and to promote the conversion of inert SO4 2- into the reactive co-reactant S2O8 2-. This novel procedure is rather straightforward, not requiring any particular electrode geometry, and since the co-reactant is only generated in situ, the interference with biological samples is minimized. The underlying mechanism is similar to that of the Ru(bpy)3 2+/S2O8 2- system; however, the intensity of the emitted signal increases linearly with [SO4 2-] up to ∼0.6 M, with possible implications for analytical uses of the proposed procedure.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry