Raman spectroelectrochemical study of redox dye Nile blue adsorbed or electropolymerised at a gold electrode

  • Regina Mažeikienė
  • Gediminas Niaura
  • Olegas Eicher-Lorka
  • Albertas Malinauskas
Keywords: Raman spectroscopy, spectroelectrochemistry, redox mediators, Nile blue


The redox dye Nile blue has been adsorbed and electrochemically polymerised at a roughened gold electrode. The resulting modified electrodes were subjected to Raman spectroelectrochemical study with 785 nm laser line excitation. For both types of electrodes, well-expressed and rich in features Raman spectra were obtained. The spectra are closely related to those of another oxazine type redox dye Meldola blue. At solution pH 7.0, the overall intensity of the Raman spectra for both types of modified electrodes appears higher than in a pH 1.0 solution. Probably, this is caused by different light absorbance properties of this dye in two solutions. In a pH-neutral solution, the dye possess light absorbance in the red range of the visible spectrum, thus, resonance enhancement is possible. The intensity of the Raman spectra also increases by the shift of the electrode potential to higher positive values. This effect could be understood taking into account an intensifying colouration of the dye at a stepwise increase of the electrode potential due to a continuous growth of the content of oxidised forms within the electrode-bound layer.