Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 31(7), 603 (2015).

Fabrication and Characterization of Ultrathin-ring Electrodes for Pseudo-steady-state Amperometric Detection
Yuki KITAZUMI, Katsumi HAMAMOTO, Tatsuo NODA, Osamu SHIRAI, and Kenji KANO
Division of Applied Life Science, Graduated School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Kitashirakawaoiwake-cho, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan
The fabrication of ultrathin-ring electrodes with a diameter of 2 mm and a thickness of 100 nm is established. The ultrathin-ring electrodes provide a large density of pseudo-steady-state currents, and realize pseudo-steady-state amperometry under quiescent conditions without a Faraday cage. Under the limiting current conditions, the current response at the ultrathin-ring electrode can be well explained by the theory of the microband electrode response. Cyclic voltammograms at the ultrathin-ring electrode show sigmoidal characteristics with some hysteresis. Numerical simulation reveals that the hysteresis can be ascribed to the time-dependence of pseudo-steady-state current. The performance of amperometry with the ultrathin-ring electrode has been verified in its application to redox enzyme kinetic measurements.