Cyclic voltammetry was used to study the formation of graphite oxide film on the surface of rotating-disc glassy carbon electrodes. The film was formed by continuous potential cycling in phosphate buffer electrolyte. It was found that when cycling between the totally oxidized and totally reduced potential ranges (between +2.3 and -1.2V vs. SCE), well-shaped redox peaks were obtained. Typical voltammograms comprised one cathodic and two anodic waves, where the anodic waves were directly related to the oxidation of surface-bound products associated with the cathodic process. All three processes were pH dependent. Freshly formed surface graphite oxide films were not stable and would undergo transformation to give the stable state upon potential cycling between potentials ± 1.0V. The ultimate stable voltammograms were characterized by two electrode processes. The quasi-reversible process involved surface quinone-like functional groups, while the other irreversible process might be related to the uptake and release of hydrogen ions at the porous graphite oxide film.
Scopus Subject Areas
- Analytical Chemistry
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Graphite oxide film
- Rotating-disk glassy carbon electrode