Bacterial Electrocatalysis of K4[Fe(CN)6] Oxidation

Zhiyong Zheng, Yong Xiao, Ranran Wu, Hans Erik Mølager Christensen, Feng Zhao, Jingdong Zhang

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Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 (MR-1), a model strain of electrochemically active bacteria, can transfer electrons from cell to extracellular electron acceptors including Fe(III) (hydro)oxides. It has been reported that several redox species such as cytochromes in membranes and flavins assist in the electron transport (ET) processes. However, the oxidization of metal compounds was barely described. Here we report electrocatalysis of K4[Fe(CN)6] oxidation by MR-1. K4[Fe(CN)6] is a redox inorganic compound and shows a reversible redox process on bare glassy carbon (GCE). This is reflected by a pair of symmetric peaks on cyclic voltammetry (CV) (Fig. 1). Interestingly, unsymmetric peaks with a strong anodic peak and a very weak cathodic peak are found on CVs of 1.0 mM K4[Fe(CN)6] when the GCE was coated with MR-1, distinguished from the reversible CV on bare electrodes (Fig. 1). A similar electrochemical pattern has been observed using K3[Fe(CN)6]. These results suggested an electrocatalysis process of [Fe(CN)6]4- to [Fe(CN)6]3- by MR-1. The ratio of anodic peak current vs cathodic peak current depends on scan rate, suggesting both diffusion of redox molecules and interfacial ET rate are key factors of the electrocatalysis. Moreover, Selectivity of MR-1 is another interesting issue: MR-1 does not catalyze other redox compounds such as Ru[(NH3)6]Cl3 and Resorufin. In our recent work, extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) showed redox properties and electron hopping through EPS. Here we notice that neither the glassy carbon electrode (GCE) coating EPS extracted from MR-1 nor MR-1 removed EPS (MR-1ΔEPS) exhibited asymmetric redox feature (Fig.1), but caused the decrease of current and the broadening of the difference of anodic and cathodic peak potential, indicating the hindrance of reaction. More work to disclose the origin of the electrocatalysis phenomenon is in progress, aiming at the identification of related compositions in MR-1.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventThe Sixteenth International Symposium on Electroanalytical Chemistry - Changchun, China
Duration: 17 Aug 201620 Aug 2017
Conference number: 16


ConferenceThe Sixteenth International Symposium on Electroanalytical Chemistry
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