High Catalysis Activity of Cu2O Microcrystals to the Electrochemiluminesence of Luminol and H2O2

Ling Zhang, Guobao Xu, Jingdong Zhang

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Cuprous oxide (Cu2O) is a classical p-type semiconductor with a direct band gap of 2.17 eV, which is wildly used for solar energy conversion, CO oxidation, and photo catalytic water splitting for the low cost and environmental friendliness. For the energy band positions are favorable to the hydrogen evolution and oxygen evolution potentials, Cu2O materials also catalyze the reduction of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which is an critical molecule in the bodies’ metabolism processes or the industrial catalysis reactions. To improve detection sensitivity of H2O2, people have composed Cu2O materials with Ag nanoparticles or graphene nanosheets, which are sophisticated and cost. Herein, we use the electrochemiluminescence (ECL) method to improve the sensitivity of the reaction catalyzed by Cu2O microcrystals. As shown by Figure 1A, the ECL reaction of H2O2 and luminol catalyzed by Cu2O octahedra (Figure 1B) is strong at the potential of – 0.2 V (vs. Ag/AgCl). And the corresponding current of the reaction is not obvious (Figure 1A, inset). We also check the effect of copper ions (Cu2+) to the ECL reaction, and there is much lower catalytic activity to the ECL reaction by Cu2+ ions. It indicates that Cu2O semiconductor microcrystal possess the good catalytic performance to this ECL reaction, which is important to develop the high-efficient and lowcost biosensors.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2nd International Meeting on Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence - Bordeaux University, Bordeaux, France
Duration: 29 Aug 201631 Aug 2016
Conference number: 2


Conference2nd International Meeting on Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence
LocationBordeaux University
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