Application of Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy to the Study of Dioleoyl Phosphatidylcholine Monolayers on Mercury
2004 (English)In: Langmuir, Vol. 20, no 1, 136-44 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy has been applied to the analysis of the behavior of monolayers of dioleoyl phosphatidylcholine (DOPC) on a mercury electrode. Experiments were carried out in electrolytes KCl and NaCl (0.1 mol dm-3) and Mg(NO3)2 (0.05 mol dm-3), and the frequency dependence of the complex impedance was estimated between 65 000 and 0.1 Hz at potentials -0.4 to -1.5 V versus Ag/AgCl 3.5 mol dm-3 KCl at uncoated and coated electrode surfaces. Experiments were also carried out in the presence of gramicidin A (gA). Between the potentials of -0.4 and -0.7 V, the DOPC monolayer behaves as an almost ideal capacitor with little frequency dispersion. At more negative potentials, the impedance data show the formation of defects (-0.7 to -0.85 V), ingression of electrolyte into the layer (capacitance peak ~ -0.935 V), reorientation of phospholipid-water structures (capacitance peak ~ -1.0 V), and initiation of phospholipid desorption (~-1.3 V). gA interaction with the phospholipid monolayer at -0.4 V is shown as an additional low-frequency element. A general "one capacitor model" in a RC series equivalent circuit is developed incorporating the frequency dispersion of the capacitance, distribution of the time constants of the dispersion, and a coefficient related to the interface between the solution and the coated electrode. This latter coefficient is the most robust and decreases at potentials approaching those coincident with the DOPC phase transitions.
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2004. Vol. 20, no 1, 136-44 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-14773DOI: doi:10.1021/la035259kOAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-14773DiVA: diva2:154445