Issue 7, 2018

Recent advances in spectroelectrochemistry


The integration of two quite different techniques, conventional electrochemistry and spectroscopy, into spectroelectrochemistry (SEC) provides a complete description of chemically driven electron transfer processes and redox events for different kinds of molecules and nanoparticles. SEC possesses interdisciplinary advantages and can further expand the scopes in the fields of analysis and other applications, emphasizing the hot issues of analytical chemistry, materials science, biophysics, chemical biology, and so on. Considering the past and future development of SEC, a review on the recent progress of SEC is presented and selected examples involving surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), ultraviolet-visible (UV–Vis), near-infrared (NIR), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), fluorescence, as well as other SEC are summarized to fully demonstrate these techniques. In addition, the optically transparent electrodes and SEC cell design, and the typical applications of SEC in mechanism study, electrochromic device fabrication, sensing and protein study are fully introduced. Finally, the key issues, future perspectives and trends in the development of SEC are also discussed.

Graphical abstract: Recent advances in spectroelectrochemistry

Article information

Article type
Review Article
20 Oct 2017
12 Jan 2018
First published
15 Jan 2018

Nanoscale, 2018,10, 3089-3111

Recent advances in spectroelectrochemistry

Y. Zhai, Z. Zhu, S. Zhou, C. Zhu and S. Dong, Nanoscale, 2018, 10, 3089 DOI: 10.1039/C7NR07803J

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