Simultaneous Determination of Glutathione and Tryptophan at the Surface of Carbon Nanotube Paste Electrode in the Presence of Catechol

Document Type: Original research article


1 Eletroanalytical Chemistry Research Laboratory, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Mazandaran, Babolsar, Iran

2 Department of Chemistry, Payame Noor University, P.O. Box 19395-4697, Tehran, Iran


The electrochemical oxidation and determination of tryptophan (Trp) and glutathione (GSH) in the presence of catechol as a homogeneous redox in the aqueous medium were investigated at the surface of a carbon paste electrode modified with multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT-CPE) using cyclic voltammetry (CV), double step potential chronoamperometry and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) techniques. The results of differential pulse voltammetry showed two well-resolved anodic peaks for glutathione and tryptophan, which leads to voltammetric determination of each of them. The results shows the electrooxidation peak currents of GSH and Trp is linear in the concentration range of 2×10-6 M-5×10-5 M and 4×10-6 M-6×10-5 M, respectively. The kinetic parameters such as: the chemical reaction rate constant (kh) and transfer coefficient (α) were calculated 2.01×102 cm3 mol-1 s-1 and 0.31, respectively. Also, the apparent diffusion coefficient, Dapp, for GSH was found to be 1.95×10-6 cm2 s-1 in aqueous buffered solution. The proposed method was successfully applied for determination of glutathione and tryptophan in real sample using standard addition method.