Real-time surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy monitoring of surface pH during electrochemical melting of double-stranded DNA

Johnson, Robert P., Richardson, James A., Brown, Tom and Bartlett, Philip N. (2012) Real-time surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy monitoring of surface pH during electrochemical melting of double-stranded DNA. Langmuir, 28 (12). pp. 5464-5470. ISSN 0743-7463

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Abstract

The application of a negative potential ramp at a double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) functionalized electrode surface results in the gradual denaturation of the DNA in a process known as electrochemical melting. The underlying physical chemistry behind electrochemically driven DNA denaturation is not well understood, and one possible mechanism is a change in local pH at the electrode surface. We demonstrate that by coimmobilization of p-mercaptobenozic acid at a dsDNA-functionalized electrode surface, it is possible to monitor both DNA denaturation and the local pH simultaneously using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. We find that the local pH at the electrode surface does not change as the applied potential is scanned negative and the dsDNA denatures. We therefore conclude that in these experiments electrochemical melting is not caused by electrochemically driven local pH changes.

Keywords:SERS, DNA, Raman Spectroscopy, Electrochemical Melting
Subjects:F Physical Sciences > F170 Physical Chemistry
Divisions:College of Science > School of Chemistry
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Deposited On:17 May 2017 14:05

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