Spectroelectrochemical elucidation of B vitamins present in multivitamin complexes by EC-SERS.Talanta 2020; 206:120190T
Raman spectroelectrochemistry based on electrochemical surface-enhanced Raman scattering (EC-SERS) effect is an interesting alternative to overcome the lack of sensitivity of normal Raman spectroscopy. Electrochemical activation of metallic screen-printed electrodes (SPEs) leads to the reproducible generation of nanostructures with excellent SERS properties. In that way, gold SPEs circumvent the traditional reproducibility limitation and produce the enhancement of the Raman intensity to favor the detection of low concentrations. Furthermore, fingerprint features of Raman spectroscopy make possible the dynamic spectroelectrochemical analysis of B vitamins. The accuracy assignments of Raman bands associated with B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12 vitamins present in multivitamin complexes provides valuable information, allowing us not only the detection of B vitamin present in mixtures, but also to understand the interaction between vitamins and metallic SERS surfaces.