Table of Contents
ISRN Polymer Science
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 942920, 26 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/942920
Review Article

Electrosynthesis and Spectroscopic Characterization of Poly(o-Aminophenol) Film Electrodes

1Instituto de Investigaciones Fisicoquímicas Teóricas y Aplicadas (INIFTA), Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Sucursal 4, Casilla de Correo 16, 1900 La Plata, Argentina
2Centro de Tecnología de Recursos Minerales y Cerámica (CETMIC), CIC-CONICET La Plata, C.C. 49, B1897ZCA, B. Gonnet-Pcia, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Received 19 January 2012; Accepted 7 February 2012

Academic Editors: M. Karakisla, M. Sanopoulou, and B. G. Soares

Copyright © 2012 Ricardo Tucceri et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This review, which is divided into three parts, concerns electrochemical synthesis, spectroscopic characterization, and formation mechanisms of poly(o-aminophenol) (POAP) film electrodes. The first part of this review is devoted to describe the electropolymerization process of o-aminophenol on different electrode materials and in different electrolyte media by employing both potentiodynamic and potentiostatic methods. The second part refers to spectroscopic studies carried out by different authors to both, identify the products of the o-aminophenol electrooxidation and elucidate the chemical structure of poly(o-aminophenol) film electrodes. The third part shows the different mechanisms formulated to interpret the POAP films formation from both acid and basic solutions of o-AP. Also, some electrochemical and spectroscopic data which allowed to propos the corresponding formation mechanisms, especially in basic media, are described.