The peak effect of the photocurrent on the concentration of electron mediator (para-benzoquinone) in thylakoids

Yue Yu, Fulin Zuo, Chen Zhong Li

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This work investigates the photocurrent harvested from the isolated thylakoids. Several tests have been used to verify that the photocurrent measured is indeed from the photosynthesis on the thylakoid membranes. The photocurrent has a linear dependence on light intensity; the photocurrent shares similar frequency dependence as that of absorption spectrum of chlorophyll; the photocurrent decreases or disappears with the application of 3-(3′,4′-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethylurea as an inhibitor. The new finding of this report is the observation of a peak in the photocurrent as a function of the concentration CBQ of electron mediator para-benzoquinone (p-BQ). It is found that the photocurrent measured increases at small CBQ, and a maximum current is obtained at CBQ ≈ 1.8-2 mM and decreases with further increase in CBQ. A simplistic model has been proposed to explain the peak. The effect of bias voltage applied between the electrodes on photocurrent is studied as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)603-608
Number of pages6
JournalElectrochimica Acta
StatePublished - 2013


  • Benzoquinone
  • Electron mediator
  • Photocurrent
  • Photosynthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry


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