SEC-C Spectroelectrochemical Cell

SEC-C Thin Layer Quartz Glass Spectroelectrochemical cell Kit

"Types of spectroelectrochemical cell"
For the spectroelectrochemical cells, there is a batch cell type and flow cell type.
Batch cell type using a platinum or gold mesh electrode as a working electrode. Flow cell type using a platinum, gold and carbon grid, and ITO electrodes as a working electrode.


  • Features
  • Overview
  • 1.0 mm cell
  • 0.5 mm cell
  • Measurement example
  • Related product

Spectroelectrochemistry (SEC) is aimed at the investigation of electrochemical reaction mechanism and the interface structure between electrolyte solution and electrode. Remarkable progress in this field and related technology enables SEC to be applied in wide areas.
Nowadays, the relation between absorbance and potential for reversible or quasi-reversible system is theoretically elucidated, on which basis the analysis of electrochemical characteristics becomes possible for the system otherwise difficult with only the result of voltammogram.
Typical example is redox enzyme cytochrome c and methylene blue.

  • Two varieties optical path length (0.5 and 1.0 mm)
  • Designed to use the 6.0 mm reference electrode
  • Two varieties of working electrodes (Au or Pt)
  • Be able to use in a standard spectrometer

Comparison of 0.5 and 1.0 optical path length cell

The electrolysis stabilization time for the 0.5 mm optical path length cell is theoretically a half, compared with the 1.0 mm cell. It is the opposite, for the concentration, when the same result for the 1.0 mm cell is possible for a half of the concentration compared with the 0.5 mm cell. You could select the optical path length and the working electrode appropriate for your research purpose.

Optical path length Merit Demerit
0.5 mm High electrolytic speed Difficult maintenance
1.0 mm Easy maintenance Slow electrolytic speed


Comparison of the electrolysis reaction equilibrium time

For the comparison of the 0.5 and 1.0 optical path length cells, there is a difference between the theoretical and experimental values. It is in consequence of the experimental conditions.

Fig.1-1. Absorbance for electrolysis performed with 0.5 mm optical path length cell   Fig.1-2. Absorbance for electrolysis performed with1.0 mm optical path length cell
Fig.1-1. Absorbance for electrolysis performed with 0.5 mm optical path length cell   Fig.1-2. Absorbance for electrolysis performed with1.0 mm optical path length cell
A 2 mM potassium ferrocyanide (K4[Fe(CN)6]) was subjected to an electrolysis reaction at 0.6 V until its stability, and 1 M KNO3 was used as a reference. The oxidation reaction was monitored by the comparison of the absorbance in function of the time at wavelengths of 420 and 300 nm.


Optical path length 1.0 mm cell

SEC-C Thin Layer Quartz Glass Spectroelectrochemical cell Kit
working electrode

The optical path length 1.0 mm is most suitable for basic spectrum electrochemistry measurements. Theoretically, it is possible to get the same result as for 0.5 mm with a half concentration sample.

Catalog No. Description
013510 SEC-C Thin Layer Quartz Glass Spectroelectrochemical cell Kit (Pt)
013511 SEC-C Thin Layer Quartz Glass Spectroelectrochemical cell Kit (Au)
Common Components
012906 SEC-C Pt counter electrode
013512 SEC-C Thin Layer Quartz Glass cell
011501 SEC-C Teflon Cap
(010537) Purging tube 10 cm
Working Electrodes
011498 SEC-C Pt Gauze working electrode
012017 SEC-C Au Gauze working electrode
Optional products
012167 RE-1B Reference electrode (Ag/AgCl)
012171 RE-7 Non Aqueous reference electrode (Ag/Ag+)

Optical path length 0.5 mm cell

SEC-C Thin Layer Quartz Glass Spectroelectrochemical cell Kit
working electrode

The optical path length 0.5 mm has an electrolysis time shorter than 1.0 mm cell. The stability short time for the electrolysis makes possible to have a stable result as for, measurement of the high volatile organic solvent, detection of the unstable electrolysis products, and others.

∗There is a specific working electrode for 0.5 mm optical path length. The working electrode for 1.0 mm optical path length can not be used in 0.5 mm optical path length quartz cell.

Catalog No. Description
012813 SEC-C05 Thin Layer Quartz Glass Spectroelectrochemical cell Kit (Pt)
012814 SEC-C05 Thin Layer Quartz Glass Spectroelectrochemical cell Kit (Au)
Common Components
012609 SEC-C05 Pt counter electrode
012815 SEC-C05 Thin Layer Quartz Glass cell
011501 SEC-C Teflon Cap
(010537) Purging tube 10 cm
Working Electrodes
012606 SEC-C05 Pt Gauze working electrode
012607 SEC-C05 Au Gauze working electrode
Optional products
012167 RE-1B Reference electrode (Ag/AgCl)
012171 RE-7 Non Aqueous reference electrode (Ag/Ag+)

Measurement example using cuvette type spectroelectrochemical cell

UV-visible absorption spectrum and absorbance of the product of the electrode reaction, performed with optically transparent electrode (OTE), were measured. Gold or Platinum mesh electrode was used as an OTE. Cyclic voltammetry and Absorbance of the 2 mM potassium ferricyanide, as the reference of the absorbance, performed in a SEC-C Thin Layer Quartz Glass Spectroelectrochemical cell are shown below (Figure 2-1, 2-2).

Fig.2-1. Cyclic voltammetry for 1 mM potassium ferrocyanide.   Fig.2-2. Absorption spectra of the electrolytic balance for 2 mM potassium ferricyanide electrolyzed at different potential.
Fig.2-1. Cyclic voltammetry for 2 mM potassium ferricyanide.   Fig.2-2. Absorption spectra of the electrolytic balance for 2 mM potassium ferricyanide electrolyzed at different potential.


Simultaneous measurements of the cyclic voltammetry and absorbance as well a constant potential electrolysis measurement were also performed. The electrolysis, reduction (Figure 3-1) and oxidation (Figure 3-2), of the potassium ferrocyanide solution are shown below.

Fig.3-1. Absorbance changes for the reduction of the potassium ferrocyanide.   Fig.3-2. Absorbance changes for the oxidation of the potassium ferrocyanide.
Fig.3-1. Absorbance changes for the reduction of the potassium ferrocyanide.   Fig.3-2. Absorbance changes for the oxidation of the potassium ferricyanide.


Flow cell

Spectroelectrochemical flow cell


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