Electrochemical sensing and imaging based on ion transfer at liquid/liquid interfaces

Shigeru Amemiya, Jiyeon Kim, Anahita Izadyar, Benjamin Kabagambe, Mei Shen, Ryoichi Ishimatsu

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Here we review the recent applications of ion transfer (IT) at the interface between two immiscible electrolyte solutions (ITIES) for electrochemical sensing and imaging. In particular, we focus on the development and recent applications of the nanopipet-supported ITIES and double-polymer-modified electrode, which enable the dynamic electrochemical measurements of IT at nanoscopic and macroscopic ITIES, respectively. High-quality IT voltammograms are obtainable using either technique to quantitatively assess the kinetics and dynamic mechanism of IT at the ITIES. Nanopipet-supported ITIES serves as an amperometric tip for scanning electrochemical microscopy to allow for unprecedentedly high-resolution electrochemical imaging. Voltammetric ion sensing at double-polymer-modified electrodes offers high sensitivity and unique multiple-ion selectivity. The promising future applications of these dynamic approaches for bioanalysis and electrochemical imaging are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)836-845
Number of pages10
JournalElectrochimica Acta
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Double-polymer-modified electrode
  • Interface between two immiscible electrolyte solutions
  • Ion-selective electrode
  • Nanopipet
  • Scanning electrochemical microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Electrochemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Electrochemical sensing and imaging based on ion transfer at liquid/liquid interfaces'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this