A new polymer (polyhistidine) modified electrode has been fabricated and was applied to the catalytic oxidation of ascorbic acid (AA), reducing the overpotential by 400 mV. The catalytic rate constant of the modified electrode for the oxidation of AA was determined using a rotating electrode. The catalytic current was linearly dependent on the ascorbic acid concentration between 5 x 10^-5 and 2 x 10^-3 M. The catalytic effect on the AA resulted in the separation of the overlapping voltammograms of AA and dopamine (DA) in a mixture. This allowed the determination of AA in the presence of DA. The electrode was rather stable even after several months; a reproducible response of AA was obtained.
Vol. 29, no. 15 (Dec 1996), pp. 2633-2643