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Electrochemical behaviour of N-acetyl-l-cysteine on gold electrode—A tentative reaction mechanism

Barus, Carole and Comtat, Maurice and Gros, Pierre and Daunes-Marion, Sylvie and Tarroux, Roger Electrochemical behaviour of N-acetyl-l-cysteine on gold electrode—A tentative reaction mechanism. (2007) Electrochimica Acta, 52 (Pages 7978-7985 ). 7978-7985 . ISSN 0013-4686

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/110.1016/j.electacta.2007.06.065


The electrochemical behaviour of N-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC) has been investigated by linear and cyclic voltammetry on gold electrode at room temperature. The results showed two oxidation peaks under acid and neutral conditions and only one in basic medium. For each oxidation, as many electron was exchanged as proton. The influence of both the concentration and the potential scan rate on the peak currents highlighted a diffusion-controlled phenomenon for the first peak and an adsorption-limited reaction rate for the second one. The diffusion coefficient of NAC in solution and the surface concentration of the adsorbed species at pH 3 and 7 were close to 2 × 10−4 to 2 × 10−5 cm2 s−1 and 6 × 10−9 to 6 × 10−10 mol cm−2, respectively. Film transfer experiments resulted in an irreversible adsorption of NAC on gold electrode, and the formation of a self-assembled monolayer (SAM).

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Additional Information:Thanks to Elsevier editor. The definitive version is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013468607008365
HAL Id:hal-03592089
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Other partners > Laboratoires Pierre Fabre (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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