Research Paper

Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 405, Issue 16, pp 5539-5547

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Differential linear scan voltammetry: analytical performance in comparison with pulsed voltammetry techniques

  • Disha B. ShethAffiliated withDepartment of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
  • , Miklós GratzlAffiliated withDepartment of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University Email author 

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We report here on differential linear scan voltammetry, DLSV, that combines the working principles of linear scan voltammetry, LSV, and the numerous existing pulsed voltammetry techniques. DLSV preserves the information from continuous interrogation in voltage and high accuracy that LSV provides about electrochemical processes, and the much better sensitivity of differential pulsed techniques. DLSV also minimizes the background current compared to both LSV and pulsed voltammetry. An early version of DLSV, derivative stationary electrode polarography, DSEP, had been proposed in the 1960s but soon abandoned in favor of the emerging differential pulsed techniques. Relative to DSEP, DLSV takes advantage of the flexibility of discrete smoothing differentiation that was not available to early investigators. Also, DSEP had been explored in pure solutions and with reversible electrochemical reactions. DLSV is tested in this work in more challenging experimental contexts: the measurement of oxygen with a carbon fiber microelectrode in buffer, and with a gold microdisc electrode exposed to a live biological preparation. This work compares the analytical performance of DLSV and square wave voltammetry, the most popular pulsed voltammetry technique.

Square wave voltammetry and differential linear scan voltammetry, DLSV. Measurement protocols and analytical results on dissolved oxygen levels obtained with a gold microdisc electrode at a live biological preparation


Differential linear scan voltammetry Square wave voltammetry Oxygen measurement in biological environment