Thin Film Cyclic voltammetry

Thin Film Cyclic Voltammetry
Equipment for film voltammetry
Electroactive film
working electrode
E-t waveform
E, V
Electrochemical cell
Ideal, reversible thin layer cyclic voltammogram
Example cobalt complex:
LCoIII + e-
GT = total surface concentration of electroactive species
A = electrode area, F = Faraday’s constant
reversible peak current Ip increases linearly as scan rate () is increased;
And DEp = 0. Rate constants can be obtained by increasing  to drive
the CV into a kinetically limited situation where DEp > 0. Q = area under
reduction curve
Many types of electroactive films
Ferrocene SAM
Protein SAM
SAM = self assembled monolayer
Electroactive polymer
Real CVs, include
Charging current
And some non-ideality
Electrochemistry of proteins in solution
• electrode fouling, proteins denature
• large size means small D, tiny signals
• need lots of protein
Thin Film Electrochemistry of Proteins
Protein (monolayer)
Apply voltage
Measure current
Information obtained:
1. Redox potentials, free energies, re-organization energies
2. Redox mechanism: protonation/deprotonation and chemical reaction steps
3. Kinetics and thermodynamics of catalytic reactions
4. Biosensors
One way to make a stable protein film
A lipid-protein film
• Many other types of films possible - polyions,
Adsorbed, crosslinked, etc.
Forward peak
Peaks for
Direct electron
Peak shapes,
sizes, and Ep
reveal details of
redox chemistry
Nearly ideal
Reversible ET
Reverse peak
Kinetically limited CV at 0.1 V s-1 for 40 nm myoglobin (Mb)-polyion film on a PG
electrode in pH 5.5 buffer at 35 oC. Example where rate constants can be
obtained by increasing  to drive the CV into a kinetically limited situation; DEp
>> 0. Mb is another iron heme protein, peaks are for redox reactions of iron.
Value of ks (s-1) cas be obtained by fitting data to theoretical curves of DEp vs. log
scan rate or by fitting with best fit digital simulations of the CVs.
Cytochrome P450 Enzymes
Human Metabolic Enzymes:
Prof. John Schenkman, Pharmacology,
Cell Biology, Uconn Health Center
CytP450s in LbL polyion films:
• ET reduction rates from CV depend on spin state of cyt P450 iron heme
(low spin fastest); conformational equilibria
• rates of oxidation by peroxide depend on spin state (high spin fastest)
and secondary structure
Thin Film voltammetry of human cyt P450s
LbL films of cyt P450s and polyions
on pyrolytic graphite electrodes.
Polyions are purple strands and
proteins are green/red ribbons .
Thickness 10-25 nm
Sadagopan Krishnan, Amila Abeykoon, John B. Schenkman, and James F. Rusling, Control of Electrochemical and Ferryloxy Formation
Kinetics of Cyt P450s in Polyion Films by Heme Iron Spin State and Secondary Structure, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 16215–16224.
Spectral characterization of cyt P450 films
UV-vis spectra of cyt P450 films on aminosilane-functionalized fused silica slides:
(A) CO difference spectrum confirming native protein in PEI(/PSS/cyt P450 1A2)6
film after reducing to the ferrous form and purging the pH 7 buffer with CO; (B)
ferric high spin form of enzyme in PEI(/PSS/cyt P450 1A2)6; and (C) ferric low spin
form of enzyme in PSS(/PEI/cyt P450cam)6 film.
Cyclic Voltammetry and rate constant (ks) estimates
Assuming simple electron transfer model
Background subtracted
cyclic voltammograms of
LbL films on PG electrodes
in anaerobic 50 buffer +
0.1 M NaCl, pH 7.0
P450 2E1
P450 cam
Rate const. estimation
for cyt P450/polyion
films experimental ()
peak separation (DEp)
corrected for scan rate
independent non-kinetic
contribution. Lines for
Butler-Volmer theory for
the rate constant (ks)
shown and a= 0.5.
The simple reversible theory did not fit peak potential vs. scan rate data, so complex model
Lines were from digital simulation using
Conclusions for cyt P450 ET from thin
Film voltammetry:
• low spin cyt P450cam, ks = 95 s-1
mixed spin cyt P450 1E2, ks = 18 s-1 (80% high spin)
high spin cyt P450 1A2, ks = 2.3 s-1
• ks for the reduction step correlates with spin state of the iron
heme in the cyt P450, as found for solution reductions
• rates of oxidation by peroxide depend on spin state (high spin
fastest) also
Divided cell – keep products apart
Undivided cell – sacrificial anode can be used
e.g. Cu  Cu2+ + 2e
Divided Electrolysis Cell for synthetic use
Counter electrode
Large working electrode + ref

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