On the catalytic oxidation of ascorbic acid at self-doping polyaniline films

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Ascorbic acid molecules in either acid or conjugate base forms have been oxidized on self-doping carboxylated polyaniline thin films. The kinetic model proposed by Bartlett et al. has been successfully applied to the catalytic reactions. Active sites in the polymer have been identified as the rings having quinoid character. The existence of significant electrostatic repulsions between ionogenic groups at the self-doping polymer and negatively charged ascorbate molecules has been established thanks to the analysis of the pH dependence of the Michaelis constant. It has been found that in contrast to inorganic conductors the regeneration of active sites in polyaniline-based materials is slower at higher potentials. Such a behavior can be satisfactorily correlated with the potential dependence of the polymer electronic conductivity. © 2012 The Owner Societies.