The Fundamentals of Real-Time Surface Plasmon Resonance/Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence

Marie Pier Dinel, Stefano Tartaggia, Gregory Q. Wallace, Denis Boudreau, Jean Francois Masson, Federico Polo

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We report the integration of surface plasmon resonance (SPR), cyclic voltammetry and electrochemiluminescence (ECL) responses to survey the interfacial adsorption and energy transfer processes involved in ECL on a plasmonic substrate. It was observed that a Tween 80/tripropylamine nonionic layer formed on the gold electrode of the SPR sensor, while enhancing the ECL emission process, affects the electron transfer process to the luminophore, Ru(bpy)32+, which in turn has an impact on the plasmon resonance. Concomitantly, the surface plasmon modulated the ECL intensity, which decreased by about 40 %, due to an interaction between the excited state of Ru(bpy)32+ and the plasmon. This occurred only when the plasmon was excited, demonstrating that the optically excited surface plasmon leads to lower plasmon-mediated luminescence and that the plasmon interacts with the excited state of Ru(bpy)32+ within a very thin layer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18202-18206
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number50
Publication statusPublished - Dec 9 2019


  • biosensors
  • electrochemiluminescence
  • electrochemistry
  • plasmonics
  • surface plasmon resonance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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