Imidazolium-based ionic liquids as stabilizers for electrode modification with water-soluble porphyrin

Macarena García, Jessica Honores, Freddy Celis, Francesca Fuenzalida, Roxana Arce, María J. Aguirre, Andrés Aracena

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The water-soluble porphyrin, known as 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(1-methyl-4-pyridyl)porphyrin (TMPyP), was successfully stabilized onto a carbon paste electrode (CP) by covering up the TMPyP-modified surface with a layer of ionic liquid (IL), particularly 1-butyl-3-methyl imidazolium hexafluorophosphate (BMim PF 6 ) or 1-butyl-3-methyl imidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (BMim NTf 2 ). Noncovalent interactions established between TMPyP and ILs combined with the hydrophobicity of the latter yielded a new class of modified electrodes, denoted as CP/TMPyP/IL. These new systems exhibited higher electroactive areas as compared to those of CP and CP/IL electrodes, as well as a stable and reproducible electrochemical behavior in aqueous solutions. The obtained CP/TMPyP/BMim PF 6 and CP/TMPyP/BMim NTf 2 electrodes were used as electrochemical sensors for nitrite oxidation. The positive results showed that these electrodes can be considered as an alternative for nitrite detection in the concentration range under investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2338-2346
Number of pages9
JournalNew Journal of Chemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Chemistry


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