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Significant changes in pKa between bulk aqueous solution and surface immobilized species: ortho-hydroquinones

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Abstract

The pKa values of two ortho-hydroquinone H2Q, systems immobilized at a carbon electrode are investigated using voltammetric methods and compared with those of the corresponding molecules in bulk aqueous solution. A large and significant increase of both pKa values for the successive equilibria H2Q ⇆ HQ + H+ ⇆ Q2− + 2H+ are observed, which highlight the fact that very significant differences of thermodynamic and chemical behaviour exist between molecules in bulk solution and immobilized at interfaces, both in general and in the case of quinones which are regularly used as electron transfer mediators in electroanalysis and electrocatalysis.

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The article was received on 11 Jan 2013, accepted on 22 Feb 2013 and first published on 26 Feb 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA00164D
Citation: RSC Adv., 2013,3, 7347-7354
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    Significant changes in pKa between bulk aqueous solution and surface immobilized species: ortho-hydroquinones

    P. T. Lee, J. C. Harfield, A. Crossley, B. S. Pilgrim and R. G. Compton, RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 7347
    DOI: 10.1039/C3RA00164D

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