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  1. Do methanethiol adsorbates on the Au(111) surface dissociate?

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    Zhou, Jian-Ge; Hagelberg, Frank

    2006-07-28

    The interaction of methanethiol molecules CH3SH with the Au(111) surface is investigated, and it is found for the first time that the S-H bond remains intact when the methanethiol molecules are adsorbed on the regular Au(111) surface. However, it breaks if defects are present in the Au(111) surface. At low coverage, the fcc region is favored for S atom adsorption, but at saturated coverage the adsorption energies at various sites are almost isoenergetic. The presented calculations show that a methanethiol layer on the regular Au(111) surface does not dimerize.

  2. Do Methanethiol Adsorbates on the Au(111) Surface Dissociate?

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    Zhou, Jian-Ge; Hagelberg, Frank

    2006-07-01

    The interaction of methanethiol molecules CH3SH with the Au(111) surface is investigated, and it is found for the first time that the S-H bond remains intact when the methanethiol molecules are adsorbed on the regular Au(111) surface. However, it breaks if defects are present in the Au(111) surface. At low coverage, the fcc region is favored for S atom adsorption, but at saturated coverage the adsorption energies at various sites are almost isoenergetic. The presented calculations show that a methanethiol layer on the regular Au(111) surface does not dimerize.

  3. Study of copper underpotential deposition on Au(111) surfaces

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    Xu, J. G.; Wang, X. W.

    1998-06-01

    First-principles total energy calculations are carried out to study the structure of copper underpotential deposition on Au(111) surfaces in sulfuric acid solutions. The norm-conserving method is used to construct the pseudopotentials of all the elements involved. The copper adlayer structure under various copper coverage is investigated. The results show that the proposed honeycomb structure with 2/3 monolayer copper coverage is unstable without the co-adsorption of sulfate. The co-adsorbed sulfate is found to bind to copper. The calculated structural parameters are in general agreement with those obtained from a recent X-ray experiment. In addition, the sulfate adsorption on clean Au(111) surface is studied. The results show that sulfate molecule binds much more weakly with clean Au(111) surfaces. Total energy calculations for bisulfate adsorption suggest that even though it is the dominant species in acidic electrolyte, the adsorbed bisulfate may dissociate thus leave sulfate adsorbed on the surface.

  4. Building chessboard-like supramolecular structures on Au(111) surfaces

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    Dou, Ruifen; Yang, Yu; Zhang, Ping; Zhong, Dingyong; Fuchs, Harald; Wang, Yue; Chi, Lifeng

    2015-09-01

    We investigate an anthracene derivative, 3(5)-(9-anthryl) pyrazole (ANP), self-assembled on the Au(111) surface by means of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. A chessboard-like network structure composed of ANP molecules is found, covering the whole Au(111) substrate. Our STM results and DFT calculations reveal that the formation of chessboard-like networks originates from a basic unit cell, a tetramer structure, which is formed by four ANP molecules connected through C-H…N hydrogen bonds. The hydrogen bonds inside each tetramer and the molecule-substrate interaction are fundamentally important in providing a driving force for formation of the supramolecular networks.

  5. Self-Assembled Structures of Benzoic Acid on Au(111) Surface

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    Vu, Thu-Hien; Wandlowski, Thomas

    2017-02-01

    Electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy combined with cyclic voltammetry were employed to explore the self-assembly of benzoic acid (BA) on a Au(111) substrate surface in a 0.1-M HClO4 solution. At the negatively charged surface, BA molecules form two highly ordered physisorbed adlayers with their phenyl rings parallel to the substrate surface. High-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy images reveal the packing arrangement and internal molecular structures. The striped pattern and zigzag structure of the BA adlayers are composed of parallel rows of dimers, in which two BA molecules are bound through a pair of O-H···O hydrogen bonds. Increasing the electrode potential further to positive charge densities of Au(111) leads to the desorption of the physisorbed hydrogen-bonded networks and the formation of a chemisorbed adlayer. BA molecules change their orientation from planar to upright fashion, which is accompanied by the deprotonation of the carboxyl group. Furthermore, potential-induced formation and dissolution of BA adlayers were also investigated. Structural transitions between the various types of ordered adlayers occur according to a nucleation and growth mechanism.

  6. Headgroup dimerization in methanethiol monolayers on the Au(111) surface: A density functional theory study

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    Zhou, Jian-Ge; Williams, Quinton L.; Hagelberg, Frank

    2007-08-01

    A long-standing controversy related to the dimer pattern formed by S atoms in methanethiol (CH3SH) on the Au(111) surface has been resolved using density functional theory. Here, dimerization of methanethiol adsorbates on the Au(111) surface is established by computational modeling. For methylthiolate (CH3S) , it is shown that the S atoms do not dimerize at high coverage but reveal a dimer pattern at intermediate coverage. Molecular dynamics simulation at high coverage demonstrates that the observed dialkyl disulfide species are formed during the desorption process, and thus are not attached to the surface.

  7. Electronic modulations in a single wall carbon nanotube induced by the Au(111) surface reconstruction

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    Clair, Sylvain; Shin, Hyung-Joon; Kim, Yousoo E-mail: maki@riken.jp; Kawai, Maki E-mail: maki@riken.jp

    2015-02-02

    The structural and electronic structure of single wall carbon nanotubes adsorbed on Au(111) has been investigated by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. The nanotubes were dry deposited in situ in ultrahigh vacuum onto a perfectly clean substrate. In some cases, the native herringbone reconstruction of the Au(111) surface interacted directly with adsorbed nanotubes and produced long-range periodic oscillations in their local density of states, corresponding to charge transfer modulations along the tube axis. This effect, however, was observed not systematically for all tubes and only for semiconducting tubes.

  8. Adsorption of imidazole on Au(111) surface: Dispersion corrected density functional study

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    Izzaouihda, Safia; Mahjoubi, Khaled; Abou El Makarim, Hassna; Komiha, Najia; Benoit, David M.

    2016-10-01

    We use density functional theory in the generalized gradient approximation to study the adsorption of imidazole on the Au(111) surface and account for dispersion effect using Grimme's empirical dispersion correction technique. Our results show that the adsorption energy of imidazole depends on the slab size and on the adsorption site. In agreement with other studies, we find the largest adsorption energy for imidazole on a top site of Au(111). However, we also note that the adsorption energy at other sites is substantial.

  9. Self-Assembly of Thiol Adsorbates on the Au(111)surface

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    Hagelberg, Frank; Williams, Quinton; Zhou, Jian-Ge

    2007-03-01

    A long-standing controversy related to the dimer pattern formed by methanethiol (CH3SH) and methylthiolate (CH3S) on the Au(111) surface has been resolved using density functional theory within periodic boundary conditions. It is found that the S atoms of methanethiol adsorbates on the Au(111) surface form Van der Waals dimers. For methylthiolate, it is shown that no dimerization occurs at high coverage. At intermediate coverage, however, a Van der Waals dimer pattern emerges. The presence of defects in the Au(111) surface does not change this conclusion. Molecular dynamics simulation at high coverage demonstrates that the observed dialkyl disulfide species emerge during the desorption process, and thus are not attached to the surface. A meta-stable monomer pattern has been shown to be only marginally higher in adsorption energy than the dimer configuration which explains the observed fragility of the dimers. For the understanding of these results, it is of crucial importance that methanethiol molecules, contrary to a widely held assumption, remain stable when deposited on clean Au(111) surfaces /1, 2/. In the presence of defects, however, methanethiol adsorbates dissociate and form methylthiolate. /1/ I. Rzeznicka, J. Lee, P. Maksymovych, J. Yates, Jr., J. Phys. Chem. B109, 15992 (2005). /2/ J. Zhou, F. Hagelberg, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 45505 (2006).

  10. Ionic liquid ultrathin films at the surface of Cu(100) and Au(111)

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    Biedron, Aleksandra B.; Garfunkel, Eric L.; Castner, Edward W.; Rangan, Sylvie

    2017-02-01

    Monolayer to multilayer ultrathin films of the ionic liquid (IL) 1-methyl-3-octylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide have been prepared on Au(111) and Cu(100) surfaces using physical vapor deposition. The ion-surface interactions are studied using a combination of scanning tunnel microscopy, as well as ultraviolet and x-ray photoemission spectroscopies. It is found that the IL does not decompose at the surface of the metals, and that the IL interaction with the Cu(100) surface is much stronger than with the Au(111) surface. As a consequence, STM imaging at room temperature results in more stable imaging at the monolayer coverage on Cu(100) than on Au(111), and work function measurements indicate a large interface dipole upon deposition of a monolayer of IL on Cu. Additional IL depositions on the two surfaces result in two distinct behaviors for the IL core levels: a gradual energy shift of the core levels on Au and a set of two well defined monolayer and multilayer core level components found at fixed energies on Cu, due to the formation of a tightly bound monolayer. Finally, it is proposed that the particularly strong cation-Cu interaction leads to stabilization of the anion and prevents its decomposition at the surface of Cu(100).

  11. Gold-Adatom-Mediated Bonding in Self-Assembled Short-Chain Alkanethiolate Species on the Au(111) Surface

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    Maksymovych, P.; Sorescu, D.C.; Yates, J.T., Jr.

    2006-10-06

    Microscopic evidence for Au-adatom-induced self-assembly of alkanethiolate species on the Au(111) surface is presented. Based on STM measurements and density-functional theory calculations, a new model for the low-coverage self-assembled monolayer of alkanethiolate on the Au(111) surface is developed, which involves the adsorbate complexes incorporating Au adatoms. It is also concluded that the Au(111) herringbone reconstruction is lifted by the alkanethiolate self-assembly because the reconstructed surface layer provides reactive Au adatoms that drive self-assembly.

  12. Supramolecular aggregation of inorganic molecules at Au(111) electrodes under a strong ionic atmosphere.

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    Fu, Yong-Chun; Su, Yu-Zhuan; Wu, De-Yin; Yan, Jia-Wei; Xie, Zhao-Xiong; Mao, Bing-Wei

    2009-10-21

    Neutral inorganic molecules are generally weak in surface adsorption and intermolecular interactions. Self-assembly of such types of molecule would provide valuable information about various interactions. At electrochemical interfaces, the relative strength of these interactions may be modified through control of electrode potential and electrolyte, which may lead to the discovery of new structures and new phenomena. However, studies of this nature are as yet lacking. In this work, we consider the covalent-bound semimetal compound molecules, XCl(3) (X = Sb, Bi), as model systems of neutral inorganic molecules to investigate their self-assembly at electrochemical interfaces under a high ionic atmosphere. To fulfill such investigations, in situ STM and cyclic voltammetry are employed, and comparative experiments are performed on Au(111) in ionic liquids as well as aqueous solutions with high ionic strength. In the room temperature ionic liquid of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (BMIBF(4)), potential-dependent partial charge transfer between the Au surface and XCl(3) molecules creates a molecule-surface interaction and provides the driving force for adsorption of the molecules. Supramolecular aggregations of adsorbed XCl(3) are promoted through chlorine-based short-range intermolecular correlation under crystallographic constraint, while repulsive Coulombic interactions created between the partially charged aggregations facilitate their long-range ordering. For SbCl(3) molecules, hexagonally arranged 6- or 7-member clusters are formed at 0.08 to -0.2 V (vs Pt), which assemble into a secondary ( radical31 x radical31)R8.9 degrees structure. For BiCl(3) molecules, both the 6-membered hexagonal and 3-membered trigonal clusters are formed in the narrow potential range -0.3 to -0.35 V, and are also arranged into an ordered secondary structure. Comparative studies were performed with SbCl(3) in concentrated aqueous solutions containing 2 M HCl to simulate the

  13. Hybridization of Phenylthiolate- and Methylthiolate-Adatom Species at Low Coverage on the Au(111) Surface

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    2013-03-07

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  14. Self-assembly of methanethiol on the reconstructed Au(111) surface

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    Nenchev, Georgi; Diaconescu, Bogdan; Hagelberg, Frank; Pohl, Karsten

    2009-08-01

    We present a combined experimental and theoretical study of molecular methanethiol (CH3SH) adsorption on the reconstructed Au(111) surface in the temperature range between 90 and 300 K in UHV. We find that the simplest thiol molecules form two stable self-assembled monolayer (SAM) structures that are created by distinct processes. Below 120 K, a solid rectangular phase, preserving the herringbone reconstruction, emerges from individual chains of spontaneously formed dimers. At higher adsorption temperatures below 170 K, a close-packed phase forms via dissociative CH3SH adsorption and the formation of Au adatoms that are not incorporated into the SAM. We show that the combination of a strong substrate-mediated interaction with nondissociative dimerization and temperature activated removal of the Au(111) reconstruction drives the large-scale assembly of molecular CH3SH into two distinct phases.

  15. Oxidic copper on the Au(111) surface: A theoretical surface science approach

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    Lee, Taehun; Lee, Yonghyuk; Kang, Kisung; Soon, Aloysius

    Recently, via reactive Cu deposition in an oxygen ambience, high quality gold-supported cuprous oxide (Cu2O) ultrathin nanofilms have been prepared as a model system to further such catalytic studies. Nonetheless, an accurate atomic picture of these ultrathin Cu2O nanofilms, which largely depends on its immediate oxygen environment, is currently lacking. In this work, we perform density-functional theory (DFT) calculations using the Vienna ab initio Simulation Package in combination with ab initio atomistic thermodynamics to investigate stability of Cu2O thin films on Au(111) as a function of oxygen chemical potential. Our results indeed show that some of the surface structures suggested in Ref. are energetically more stable than the traditional copper oxide thin film structures on copper substrate, and elucidated the electronic structure of these ultrathin copper oxide films on gold, in comparison with available experimental data.

  16. One-dimensional supramolecular surface structures: 1,4-diisocyanobenzene on Au(111) surfaces

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    Boscoboinik, Jorge; Calaza, Florencia C; Habeeb, Zeesham; Bennett, Dennis; Stacchiola, Dario; Purino, Martin; Tysoe, Wilfred

    2010-01-01

    One-dimensional supramolecular structures formed by adsorbing low coverages of 1,4-diisocyanobenzene on Au(111) at room temperature are obtained and imaged by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions. The structures originate from step edges or surface defects and arrange predominantly in a straight fashion on the substrate terraces along the h110i directions. They are proposed to consist of alternating units of 1,4-diisocyanobenzene molecules and gold atoms with a unit cell in registry with the substrate corresponding to four times the lattice interatomic distance. Their long 1-D chains and high thermal stability offer the potential to use them as conductors in nanoelectronic applications.

  17. Theoretical study of para-nitro-aniline adsorption on the Au(111) surface

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    Li, Cui; Monti, Susanna; Li, Xin; Rinkevicius, Zilvinas; Ågren, Hans; Carravetta, Vincenzo

    2016-07-01

    The electronic structure, bonding properties and dynamics of para-nitro-aniline (PNA) adsorbed on the Au(111) surface for a sub-monolayer coverge have been investigated by density-functional theory (DFT) static calculations and quantum molecular dynamics simulations. Four main adsorption geometries have been identified by DFT energy optimization with the gradient corrected PBE functional and accounting for the role of the van del Waals (vdW) interaction. Quantum dynamics calculations starting from the four different structures have been performed at room temperature to estimate the relative stability of the adsorbates and the presence of barriers for their interconversion. Quantum simulations suggest that the most stable adsorption geometry at room temperature is that of PNA with a slightly distorted molecular plane almost parallel to the Au(111) surface. In a second less populated configuration the PNA molecule interacts with the substrate by its NO2 group while the molecular plane is orthogonal to the surface. The N 1s electron photoemission spectrum has been simulated for the identified adsorbate geometries and a measurable variation of the absolute and relative chemical shift for the two nitrogen atoms in comparison with the known values for PNA in gas phase is predicted.

  18. Enthalpy-Entropy Tuning in the Adsorption of Nucleobases at the Au(111) Surface.

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    Rosa, Marta; Corni, Stefano; Di Felice, Rosa

    2014-04-08

    The interaction of DNA molecules with hard substrates is of paramount importance both for the study of DNA itself and for the variety of possible technological applications. Interaction with inorganic surfaces strongly modifies the helical shape of DNA. Hence, an accurate understanding of DNA structure and function at interfaces is a fundamental question with enormous impact in science and society. This work sets the fundamentals for the simulation of entire DNA oligomers on gold surfaces in dry and wet conditions. Thanks to the new GolDNA-AMBER force field, which was derived from first principles and includes dispersion interactions and polarization effects, we simulated self-assembled guanine and adenine monolayers on Au(111) in vacuo and the adsorption of all nucleobases on the same substrate in aqueous conditions. The periodic monolayers obtained from classical simulations match very well those from first principle calculations and experiments, assessing the robustness of the force field and motivating the application to more complex systems for which quantum calculations are not affordable and experiments are elusive. The energetics of nucleobases on Au(111) in solution reveal fundamental physicochemical effects: we find that the adsorption paradigm shifts from purely enthalpic to dominantly entropic by changing the environment and aggregation phase.

  19. A study of the electronic properties of Au nanowires and Au nanoislands on Au(111) surfaces.

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    Schouteden, K; Lijnen, E; Muzychenko, D A; Ceulemans, A; Chibotaru, Liviu F; Lievens, P; Van Haesendonck, C

    2009-09-30

    By means of ion bombardment of clean Au(111) films, atomically flat nanoparticles of various shapes and sizes were created, ranging from several tens of nm(2) down to only a few nm(2). Both two-dimensional Au islands as well as one-dimensional Au nanowire-like structures have been investigated by means of low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. We were able to probe their local electronic structure in a broad energy range, which was found to be dominated by pronounced size-dependent confinement effects. Mapping of the local density of states revealed complex standing wave patterns that arise due to interference of scattered Au surface state electrons at the edges of the Au nanoparticles. The observed phenomena could be modeled with high accuracy by theoretical particle-in-a-box calculations based on a variational method that can be applied to '2D boxes' of arbitrary polygonal shape and that we have previously successfully applied to explain the electronic wave patterns on Co islands on Au(111). Our findings support the general validity of this particle-in-a-box model.

  20. Enhanced transient reactivity of an O-sputtered Au(111) surface

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    Biener, M M; Biener, J; Friend, C M

    2004-12-02

    The interaction of SO{sub 2} with oxygen-sputtered Au(111) surfaces ({theta}{sub oxygen} {le} 0.35 ML) was studied by monitoring the oxygen and sulfur coverages as a function of SO{sub 2} exposure. Two reaction regimes were observed: oxygen depletion followed by sulfur deposition. An enhanced, transient sulfur deposition rate is observed at the oxygen depletion point. This effect is specifically pronounced if the Au surface is continuously exposed to SO{sub 2}. The enhanced reactivity towards S deposition seems to be linked to the presence of highly reactive, under-coordinated Au atoms. Adsorbed oxygen appears to stabilize, but also to block these sites. In absence of the stabilization effect of adsorbed oxygen, i.e. at the oxygen depletion point, the enhanced reactivity decays on a timescale of a few minutes. These observations shed a new light on the catalytic reactivity of highly dispersed gold nanoparticles.

  1. Hybridization of phenylthiolate- and methylthiolate-adatom species at low coverage on the Au(111) surface

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    Maksymovych, Petro; Sorescu, Dan C.

    2013-04-02

    Using scanning tunneling microscopy we observed reaction products of two chemisorbed thiolate species, methylthiolate and phenylthiolate, on the Au(111) surface. Despite the apparent stability, organometallic complexes of methyl- and phenylthiolate with the gold-adatom (RS-Au-SR, with R as the hydrocarbon group) undergo a stoichiometric exchange reaction, forming hybridized CH{sub 3}S-Au-SPh complexes. Complementary density functional theory calculations suggest that the reaction is most likely mediated by a monothiolate RS-Au complex bonded to the gold surface, which forms a trithiolate RS-Au-(SR)-Au-SR complex as a key intermediate. This work therefore reveals the novel chemical reactivity of the low-coverage “striped” phase of alkanethiols on gold and strongly points to the involvement of monoadatom thiolate intermediates in this reaction. By extension, such intermediates may be involved in the self-assembly process itself, shedding new light on this long-standing problem.

  2. Adsorption and switching properties of a N-benzylideneaniline based molecular switch on a Au(111) surface

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    Ovari, Laszlo; Luo, Ying; Haag, Rainer; Leyssner, Felix; Tegeder, Petra; Wolf, Martin

    2010-07-28

    High resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy has been employed to analyze the adsorption geometry and the photoisomerization ability of the molecular switch carboxy-benzylideneaniline (CBA) adsorbed on Au(111). CBA on Au(111) adopts a planar (trans) configuration in the first monolayer (ML) as well as for higher coverages (up to 6 ML), in contrast to the strongly nonplanar geometry of the molecule in solution. Illumination with UV light of CBA in direct contact with the Au(111) surface ({<=}1 ML) caused no changes in the vibrational structure, whereas at higher coverages (>1 ML) pronounced modifications of vibrational features were observed, which we assign to a trans{yields}cis isomerization. Thermal activation induced the back reaction to trans-CBA. We propose that the photoisomerization is driven by a direct (intramolecular) electronic excitation of the adsorbed CBA molecules in the second ML (and above) analogous to CBA in the liquid phase.

  3. Six-dimensional quantum dynamics study for the dissociative adsorption of HCl on Au(111) surface

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    Liu, Tianhui; Fu, Bina; Zhang, Dong H.

    2013-11-01

    The six-dimensional quantum dynamics calculations for the dissociative chemisorption of HCl on Au(111) are carried out using the time-dependent wave-packet approach, based on an accurate PES which was recently developed by neural network fitting to density functional theory energy points. The influence of vibrational excitation and rotational orientation of HCl on the reactivity is investigated by calculating the exact six-dimensional dissociation probabilities, as well as the four-dimensional fixed-site dissociation probabilities. The vibrational excitation of HCl enhances the reactivity and the helicopter orientation yields higher dissociation probability than the cartwheel orientation. A new interesting site-averaged effect is found for the title molecule-surface system that one can essentially reproduce the six-dimensional dissociation probability by averaging the four-dimensional dissociation probabilities over 25 fixed sites.

  4. Six-dimensional quantum dynamics study for the dissociative adsorption of HCl on Au(111) surface

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    Liu, Tianhui; Fu, Bina; Zhang, Dong H.

    2013-11-14

    The six-dimensional quantum dynamics calculations for the dissociative chemisorption of HCl on Au(111) are carried out using the time-dependent wave-packet approach, based on an accurate PES which was recently developed by neural network fitting to density functional theory energy points. The influence of vibrational excitation and rotational orientation of HCl on the reactivity is investigated by calculating the exact six-dimensional dissociation probabilities, as well as the four-dimensional fixed-site dissociation probabilities. The vibrational excitation of HCl enhances the reactivity and the helicopter orientation yields higher dissociation probability than the cartwheel orientation. A new interesting site-averaged effect is found for the title molecule-surface system that one can essentially reproduce the six-dimensional dissociation probability by averaging the four-dimensional dissociation probabilities over 25 fixed sites.

  5. Understanding the interfacial behavior of lysozyme on Au (111) surfaces with multiscale simulations

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    Samieegohar, Mohammadreza; Ma, Heng; Sha, Feng; Jahan Sajib, Md Symon; Guerrero-García, G. Iván; Wei, Tao

    2017-02-01

    The understanding of the adsorption and interfacial behavior of proteins is crucial to the development of novel biosensors and biomaterials. By using bottom-up atomistic multiscale simulations, we study here the adsorption of lysozyme on Au(111) surfaces in an aqueous environment. Atomistic simulations are used to calculate the inhomogeneous polarization of the gold surface, which is induced by the protein adsorption, and by the presence of an interfacial layer of water molecules and monovalent salts. The corresponding potential of mean force between the protein and the gold surface including polarization effects is used in Langevin Dynamics simulations to study the time dependent behavior of proteins at finite concentration. These simulations display a rapid adsorption and formation of a first-layer of proteins at the interface. Proteins are initially adsorbed directly on the gold surface due to the strong protein-surface attractive interaction. A subsequent interfacial weak aggregation of proteins leading to multilayer build-up is also observed at long times.

  6. Six-dimensional quantum dynamics study for the dissociative adsorption of DCl on Au(111) surface

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    Liu, Tianhui; Fu, Bina E-mail: zhangdh@dicp.ac.cn; Zhang, Dong H. E-mail: zhangdh@dicp.ac.cn

    2014-04-14

    We carried out six-dimensional quantum dynamics calculations for the dissociative adsorption of deuterium chloride (DCl) on Au(111) surface using the initial state-selected time-dependent wave packet approach. The four-dimensional dissociation probabilities are also obtained with the center of mass of DCl fixed at various sites. These calculations were all performed based on an accurate potential energy surface recently constructed by neural network fitting to density function theory energy points. The origin of the extremely small dissociation probability for DCl/HCl (v = 0, j = 0) fixed at the top site compared to other fixed sites is elucidated in this study. The influence of vibrational excitation and rotational orientation of DCl on the reactivity was investigated by calculating six-dimensional dissociation probabilities. The vibrational excitation of DCl enhances the reactivity substantially and the helicopter orientation yields higher dissociation probability than the cartwheel orientation. The site-averaged dissociation probability over 25 fixed sites obtained from four-dimensional quantum dynamics calculations can accurately reproduce the six-dimensional dissociation probability.

  7. Six-dimensional quantum dynamics study for the dissociative adsorption of DCl on Au(111) surface

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    Liu, Tianhui; Fu, Bina; Zhang, Dong H.

    2014-04-01

    We carried out six-dimensional quantum dynamics calculations for the dissociative adsorption of deuterium chloride (DCl) on Au(111) surface using the initial state-selected time-dependent wave packet approach. The four-dimensional dissociation probabilities are also obtained with the center of mass of DCl fixed at various sites. These calculations were all performed based on an accurate potential energy surface recently constructed by neural network fitting to density function theory energy points. The origin of the extremely small dissociation probability for DCl/HCl (v = 0, j = 0) fixed at the top site compared to other fixed sites is elucidated in this study. The influence of vibrational excitation and rotational orientation of DCl on the reactivity was investigated by calculating six-dimensional dissociation probabilities. The vibrational excitation of DCl enhances the reactivity substantially and the helicopter orientation yields higher dissociation probability than the cartwheel orientation. The site-averaged dissociation probability over 25 fixed sites obtained from four-dimensional quantum dynamics calculations can accurately reproduce the six-dimensional dissociation probability.

  8. Influence of the solution pH in the 6-mercaptopurine self-assembled monolayer (6MP-SAM) on a Au(111) single-crystal electrode.

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    Madueño, Rafael; García-Raya, Daniel; Viudez, Alfonso J; Sevilla, José M; Pineda, Teresa; Blázquez, Manuel

    2007-10-23

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of 6-mercaptopurine (6MP) have been prepared on a Au(111) single-crystal electrode by immersion of the metal surface in a 100 microM 6MP and 0.01 M HClO4 solution. The 6MP-SAM Au(111) single-crystal electrodes were transferred to the cell and allowed to equilibrate with the different aqueous working solutions before the electrochemical experiments. The influence of the solution pH was studied by cyclic voltammetry, double layer capacitance curves, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The electrochemical behavior of the 6MP-SAM in acetic acid at pH 4 presents important differences in comparison to that obtained in 0.1 M KOH solutions. Cyclic voltammograms for the reductive desorption process in acid medium are broad and show some features that can be explained by a phase transition between a chemisorbed and a physisorbed state of the 6MP molecules. The low solubility of these molecules in acid medium could explain this phenomenon and the readsorption of the complete monolayer when the potential is scanned in the positive direction. The variation of the double-layer capacitance values in the potential range of monolayer stability with the pH suggests that the acid-base chemistry of the 6MP molecules is playing a role. This fact has been studied by following the variations of the electron-transfer rate constant of the highly charged redox probes as are Fe(CN)(6)-3/-4 and Ru(NH3)(6)+3/+2 as a function of solution pH. The apparent surface pKa value for the 6MP-SAM (pKa approximately 8) is explained by the total conversion of the different 6MP tautomers that exist in solution to the thiol species in the adsorbed state.

  9. Infrared spectroscopy of molecular submonolayers on surfaces by infrared scanning tunneling microscopy: tetramantane on Au111.

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    Pechenezhskiy, Ivan V; Hong, Xiaoping; Nguyen, Giang D; Dahl, Jeremy E P; Carlson, Robert M K; Wang, Feng; Crommie, Michael F

    2013-09-20

    We have developed a new scanning-tunneling-microscopy-based spectroscopy technique to characterize infrared (IR) absorption of submonolayers of molecules on conducting crystals. The technique employs a scanning tunneling microscope as a precise detector to measure the expansion of a molecule-decorated crystal that is irradiated by IR light from a tunable laser source. Using this technique, we obtain the IR absorption spectra of [121]tetramantane and [123]tetramantane on Au(111). Significant differences between the IR spectra for these two isomers show the power of this new technique to differentiate chemical structures even when single-molecule-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images look quite similar. Furthermore, the new technique was found to yield significantly better spectral resolution than STM-based inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy, and to allow determination of optical absorption cross sections. Compared to IR spectroscopy of bulk tetramantane powders, infrared scanning tunneling microscopy (IRSTM) spectra reveal narrower and blueshifted vibrational peaks for an ordered tetramantane adlayer. Differences between bulk and surface tetramantane vibrational spectra are explained via molecule-molecule interactions.

  10. Fundamental studies of the chemisorption of organosulfur compounds on Au(111). Implications for molecular self-assembly on gold surfaces

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    Nuzzo, R.G.; Zegarski, B.R.; Dubois, L.H.

    1987-02-04

    Studies of the adsorption of methanethiol and dimethyl disulfide on an Au(111) surface under UHV conditions are described. Both adsorbates bind strongly, with the bonding of the disulfide being greatly favored. It is found that, under these conditions, the disulfide bond is dissociated to give a stable surface thiolate. Adsorption of methanethiol does not involve cleavage of the S-H bond. The implications of these results for solution adsorption experiments and the thermodynamics characterizing monolayer formation are discussed.

  11. MIES investigation of alkanethiol monolayers self-assembled on Au(111) and Ag(111) surfaces

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    Heinz, Bertram; Morgner, Harald

    1997-02-01

    Self-assembled monolayers of alkanethiols (SH(CH 2) mCH 3, m=7,8,9,11,15,17) have been prepared to study their electronic properties by means of metastable induced electron spectroscopy (MIES). The thermal metastable helium atoms used as projectiles in this technique interact exclusively with molecular orbitals exposed at the top of the film, which makes the method perfectly surface sensitive. Access of metastable helium atoms to the methyl group or to the CH 2-groups of the alkyl chain depends strongly on the orientation of the molecular axis. The MIE-spectrum of nonanethiol on Au(111) and the MIE-spectrum of hexadecane physisorbed on graphite served as references for upright aligned and flat lying alkyl chains. Both MIE-spectra can be related to the electronic bandstructure of polyethylene. Electron emission originating from the upright methyl groups and flat lying CH 2-groups is distinguished by characteristic intensities in the MIE-spectra. On this basis, a quantity R has been introduced as a measure for the molecular orientation of the alkyl chain at the top surface of the films. The evolution of R with respect to different molecular assemblies of the alkyl chains is consistent with XPS, LEED and UPS results. Within the series of dense and ordered alkanethiol films on gold and silver R decreases monotonously upon increasing the alkyl chain length. This behaviour indicates either the emergence of CH 2-groups at the cost of methyl groups at the top surface or a decreasing degree of orientational order of the methyl groups or both in the case of longer alkyl chains.

  12. In-situ STM studies of thallium underpotential deposition on Au(111) single-crystal electrode in acid solution

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    Polewska, Wanda; Adzic, Radoslav

    1999-04-01

    The structure of electrodeposited Tl adlayers on Au(111) in 0.1 M. HClO4 has been investigated using in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy method. Incommensurate, rotated hexagonal (RHCP) Tl adlayer was found, within a wide potential window, between Tl bulk deposition at -0.7 V and -0.4 V. This adlayer is closely packed with Tl interatomic distance of 3.4 +/- 0.2 angstroms, its rotation from the gold substrate axis is 60 +/- 10 and its coverage is 0.74. At slightly more positive potentials, between -0.45 V and -0.37 V, low coverage 2 X 2 phase of Tl was found, coexisting together with RHCP monolayer. At the potential region between -0.35 V and 0.8 V both ordered Tl phases disappeared and instead the formation of considerable amount of pits at the surface has been observed.

  13. Voltammogram spikes interpreted as envelopes of spikes resulting from electrode crystals of various sizes: Application to the UPD of Cu on Au(111)

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    Medved', Igor; Huckaby, Dale A.

    2003-06-01

    We study and explain shapes of voltammogram spikes, observed during underpotential deposition (UPD) on electrode surfaces, as averaged envelopes of mutually shifted spikes associated with first-order phase transitions that occur in crystalline domains of various sizes that are formed on the electrode surface. This concept, already used in our previous work for two-phase systems and symmetric voltammogram spike shapes, is here substantially generalized to systems with multiple-phase coexistence and asymmetric spike shapes, using the rigorous statistical mechanical techniques of Borgs and Kotecký. Rather than mere numerical plots, we extract explicit functions that accurately describe the spike shapes. For the sake of clarity, we present our analysis and apply our results to fit the voltammogram of the UPD of Cu on Au(111) in sulfuric acid medium. This voltammogram shows two distinct spikes with a broad foot region near the spike at higher potentials. As was done in earlier treatments, we explain each of the two spikes as a result of a first-order transition. Here, though, the spikes are obtained as envelopes of closely spaced spikes resulting from crystals of various sizes. In contrast to earlier studies, however, we also explain the foot region in the same way. The foot's shape, despite its large width and small height, can be equally well obtained as an envelope of shifted crystal spikes that are broader and smaller than those giving rise to the two distinct spikes. We achieve very good agreement with experiment.

  14. Fullerene-derivative PC61BM forms three types of phase-pure monolayer on the surface of Au(111)

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    Li, Wen-Jie; Du, Ying-Ying; Zhang, Han-Jie; Chen, Guang-Hua; Sheng, Chun-Qi; Wu, Rui; Wang, Jia-Ou; Qian, Hai-Jie; Ibrahim, Kurash; He, Pi-Mo; Li, Hong-Nian

    2016-12-01

    We have studied the packing structures of C60-derivative PC61BM on the surface of Au(111) in ultrahigh vacuum using scanning tunneling microscopy. The Au(111) has a triangle-like reconstructed surface, which results in some packing structures different from those reported for low coverages. PC61BM can form three types of phase-pure monolayer, namely, the compact straight molecular double-row monolayer, the hexagonal-packing monolayer and the glassy monolayer. The different types of monolayer form for different molecular densities and different annealing temperatures. In addition to the already known inter-molecular interactions (Van de Waals interaction and hydrogen bond), the steric effect of the phenyl-butyric-acid-methyl-ester side tail plays conspicuous role in the molecular self-assembly at high coverages. The steric effect makes it difficult to prepare a hexagonal-packing monolayer at room temperature and decides the instability of the hexagonal-packing monolayer prepared by thermal annealing.

  15. Catalytic activity of Pd ensembles over Au(111) surface for CO oxidation: A first-principles study

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    Yuan, D. W.; Liu, Z. R.; Chen, J. H.

    2011-02-01

    Employing the first-principles pseudopotential plane-wave methods and nudged-elastic-band simulations, we studied the reaction of CO oxidation on Pd-decorated Au(111) surface. We found that the contiguous Pd ensembles are required for the CO + O2 reaction. Interestingly, Pd dimer is an active site for the two-step reaction of CO+O_{2 longrArr OOCO longrArr CO2+O}, and a low energy barrier (0.29 eV) is found for the formation of the intermediate metastable state (OOCO) compared to the barrier of 0.69 eV on Pd trimer. Furthermore, the residual atomic O in the CO + O2 reaction can be removed by another CO on Pd dimer with the barrier of 0.56 eV close to the value of 0.52 eV on Pd monomer via Langmuir-Hinshelwood mechanism. The higher energy barriers (0.96 and 0.64 eV) are also found for the CO + O reaction on Pd trimers. The calculated results indicate Pd dimer is highly reactive for CO oxidation by O2 via association mechanism on Pd-decorated Au(111) surface.

  16. Identification of Surface Debye Temperature of an Alkanethiol Self Assembled Monolayer on Au(111) by Low Energy Helium Diffraction

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    West, Joshua; Camillone, Nicholas, III; Schwartz, Peter

    2005-03-01

    Using Low Energy Atomic Diffraction (LEAD), a nonperturbative and totally unpenetrating surface characterization technique, we have conducted measurements on the surface of self assembling monolayers (SAMs) of decanethiol on a Au(111) surface. Debye-Waller attenuation measurements were taken for substrate temperatures from 14.5 K to 110 K. For the lowest substrate temperatures, thermal Debye-Waller attenuation decreased consistent with a surface Debye temperature of about 100 K. The excellent order demonstrated by these particular data provided high resolution to six orders of the hexagonal peak (corresponding to the rt3 x rt3 thiol mesh). These data from higher order diffraction peaks allows us to more precisely measure the lateral thermal vibration of the terminal methyl groups, which is considerably less than previously reported

  17. Metal-free phthalocyanine (H2Pc) molecule adsorbed on the Au(111) surface: formation of a wide domain along a single lattice direction

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    Komeda, Tadahiro; Isshiki, Hironari; Liu, Jie

    2010-01-01

    Using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), we observed the bonding configuration of the metal-free phthalocyanine (H2Pc) molecule adsorbed on the Au(111) surface. A local lattice formation started from a quasi-square lattice aligned to the close-packed directions of the Au(111) surface. Although we expected the lattice alignment to be equally distributed along the three crystallographically equivalent directions, the domain aligned normal to the ridge of the herringbone structure was missing in the STM images. We attribute this effect to the uniaxial contraction of the reconstructed Au(111) surface that can account for the formation of a large lattice domain along a single crystallographical direction. PMID:27877365

  18. Compression-Induced Conformation and Orientation Changes in an n-Alkane Monolayer on a Au (111) Surface.

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    Endo, Osamu; Nakamura, Masashi; Amemiya, Kenta; Ozaki, Hiroyuki

    2017-04-07

    The influence of the preparation method and adsorbed amount of n-tetratetracontane (n-C44H90) on its orientation in a monolayer on the Au (111) surface is studied by near carbon K-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (C K-NEXAFS), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) under ultrahigh vacuum, and infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (IRAS) at the electrochemical interface in sulfuric acid solution. The n-C44H90 molecules form self-assembled lamellar structures with the chain axis parallel to the surface, as observed by STM. For small amounts adsorbed, the carbon plane is parallel to the surface (flat-on orientation). An increase of the adsorbed amount by ~10-20% induces compression of the lamellar structure either along the lamellar axis or alkyl chain axis. The compressed molecular arrangement is observed by STM and induced conformation and orientation changes is confirmed by in situ IRAS and C K-NEXAFS.

  19. Molecular and electronic structure of osmium complexes confined to Au(111) surfaces using a self-assembled molecular bridge

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    Llave, Ezequiel de la; Herrera, Santiago E.; Adam, Catherine; Méndez De Leo, Lucila P.; Calvo, Ernesto J.; Williams, Federico J.

    2015-11-14

    The molecular and electronic structure of Os(II) complexes covalently bonded to self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on Au(111) surfaces was studied by means of polarization modulation infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy, photoelectron spectroscopies, scanning tunneling microscopy, scanning tunneling spectroscopy, and density functional theory calculations. Attachment of the Os complex to the SAM proceeds via an amide covalent bond with the SAM alkyl chain 40° tilted with respect to the surface normal and a total thickness of 26 Å. The highest occupied molecular orbital of the Os complex is mainly based on the Os(II) center located 2.2 eV below the Fermi edge and the LUMO molecular orbital is mainly based on the bipyridine ligands located 1.5 eV above the Fermi edge.

  20. Adenine monolayers on the Au(111) surface: Structure identification by scanning tunneling microscopy experiment and ab initio calculations

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    Lukas, Maya; Kelly, Ross E. A.; Kantorovich, Lev N.; Otero, Roberto; Xu, Wei; Laegsgaard, Erik; Stensgaard, Ivan; Besenbacher, Flemming

    2009-01-01

    From an interplay between scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and ab initio density functional theory (DFT) we have identified and characterized two different self-assembled adenine (A) structures formed on the Au(111) surface. The STM observations reveal that both structures have a hexagonal geometry in which each molecule forms double hydrogen bonds with three nearest neighbors. One of the A structures, with four molecules in the primitive cell, has p2gg space group symmetry, while the other one, with two molecules in the cell, has p2 symmetry. The first structure is observed more frequently and is found to be the dominating structure after annealing. Experimental as well as theoretical findings indicate that the interaction of A molecules with the gold surface is rather weak and smooth across the surface. This enabled us to unequivocally characterize the observed structures, systematically predict all structural possibilities, based on all known A-A dimers, and provisionally optimize positions of the A molecules in the cell prior to full-scale DFT calculations. The theoretical method is a considerable improvement compared to the approach suggested previously by Kelly and Kantorovich [Surf. Sci. 589, 139 (2005)]. We propose that the less ordered p2gg symmetry structure is observed more frequently due to kinetic effects during island formation upon deposition at room temperature.

  1. Pulsed laser deposition of two-dimensional ZnO nanocrystals on Au(111): growth, surface structure and electronic properties

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    Tumino, F.; Casari, C. S.; Passoni, M.; Bottani, C. E.; Li Bassi, A.

    2016-11-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) ZnO structures have been deposited on the Au(111) surface by means of the pulsed laser deposition technique. In situ scanning tunneling microscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy measurements have been performed to characterize morphological, structural and electronic properties of 2D ZnO at the nanoscale. Starting from a sub-monolayer coverage, we investigated the growth of ZnO, identifying different atomic layers (up to the fifth). At low coverage, we observed single- and bi-layer nanocrystals, characterized by a surface moiré pattern that is associated to a graphene-like ZnO structure. By increasing the coverage, we revealed a morphological change starting from the fourth layer, which was attributed to a transition toward a bulk-like structure. Investigation of the electronic properties revealed the semiconducting character of 2D ZnO. We observed a dependence of the density of states (DOS) and, in particular, of the conduction band (CB) on the ZnO thickness, with a decreasing of the CB onset energy for increasing thickness. The CB DOS of 2D ZnO shows a step-like behaviour which may be interpreted as due to a 2D quantum confinement effect in ZnO atomic layers.

  2. Electronic and structural properties of oligophenylene ethynylenes on Au(111) surfaces

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    Miao, Ling; Seminario, Jorge M.

    2007-05-01

    The interaction of oligophenylene ethynylene (OPE) on the (111) surface of a gold slab resembling a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) is investigated using ab initio density functional theory calculations. The authors performed a full optimization including all atoms in the OPE and in the slab to better understand OPE adsorption on the surface. It is found that OPE has two energetically favorable adsorption sites on the Au surface with relatively different molecular geometries: the nontop site adsorption greatly modifies the (111) surface structure; however, the extensive electron interactions enable a delocalized electron density distribution, implying an improved conductivity between OPE and Au, and the top site which is 0.9eV higher in energy than the nontop and features weaker Au-S bonds. Interestingly the on top configuration shows a strong spin imbalance along the molecule and the nontop shows a small spin imbalance on the surface. This feature is of strong interest for the development of resonators for the detection of chemical and biological agents. They have also calculated the frequency spectrum of these SAMs, which yield deformations in the gold surface yielding peak frequency shifts specific to each absorption site.

  3. Studying Two-Dimensional Zeolites with the Tools of Surface Science: MFI Nanosheets on Au(111)

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    J. D. Kestell; Zhong, J. Q.; Shete, M.; Waluyo, I.; Sadowski, J. T.; Stacchiola, D. J.; Tsapatsis, M.; Boscoboinik, J. A.

    2016-07-26

    While surface science has provided fundamental insights into a variety a materials, the most used catalysts in the industry, namely zeolites, still remain a challenge. The recent preparation of two-dimensional versions of MFI zeolite frameworks and the possibility of their deposition on electrically conductive supports provides for the first time a viable strategy to perform detailed studies on industrially relevant zeolites using the vast toolkit of surface science. In this work we demonstrate the use of infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) and synchrotron-based x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to study these materials. Furthermore, polarization modulation IRRAS is used to study the adsorption of methanol and its effect in phonon vibrations of the zeolite framework. The possibility of using surface science methods, in particular under ambient pressure conditions, for the study of well-defined zeolites and other microporous structures opens new avenues to understand structural and mechanistic aspects of these materials as catalysts, adsorbents and molecular sieves.

  4. Effect of dispersion on surface interactions of cobalt(II) octaethylporphyrin monolayer on Au(111) and HOPG(0001) substrates: a comparative first principles study.

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    Chilukuri, Bhaskar; Mazur, Ursula; Hipps, K W

    2014-07-21

    A density functional theory study of a cobalt(II) octaethylporphyrin (CoOEP) monolayer on Au(111) and HOPG(0001) surfaces was performed under periodic boundary conditions. Calculations with and without dispersion corrections are performed and the effect of van der Waals forces on the interface properties is analyzed. Calculations have determined that the CoOEP molecule tends to bind at the 3-fold and the 6-fold center sites on Au(111) and HOPG(0001), respectively. Geometric optimizations at the center binding sites have indicated that the porphyrin molecules (in the monolayer) lie flat on both substrates. Calculations also reveal that the CoOEP monolayer binds slightly more strongly to Au(111) than to HOPG(0001). Charge density difference plots disclose that charge is redistributed mostly around the porphyrin plane and the first layer of the substrates. Dispersion interactions cause a larger substrate to molecule charge pushback on Au(111) than on HOPG. CoOEP adsorption tends to lower the work functions of either substrate, qualitatively agreeing with the experimental photoelectron spectroscopic data. Comparison of the density of states (DOS) of the isolated CoOEP molecule with that on gold and HOPG substrates showed significant band shifts around the Fermi energy due to intermolecular orbital hybridization. Simulated STM images were plotted with the Tersoff-Hamann approach using the local density of states, which also agree with the experimental results. This study elucidates the role of dispersion for better describing porphyrin-substrate interactions. A DFT based overview of geometric, adsorption and electronic properties of a porphyrin monolayer on conductive surfaces is presented.

  5. The striped phases of ethylthiolate monolayers on the Au(111) surface: a scanning tunneling microscopy study.

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    Li, Fangsen; Tang, Lin; Voznyy, Oleksandr; Gao, Jianzhi; Guo, Quanmin

    2013-05-21

    Striped phases of ethylthiolate monolayers, corresponding to surface coverage in between 0.2 ML and 0.27 ML, were studied using high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy. Striped phases consist of rows of Au-adatom-diethythiolate (AAD) aligned along the [112] direction. In the perpendicular [110] direction, the AAD rows adjust their spacing according to the surface coverage. A (5√3 × √3)-R30° striped phase with 0.27 ML thiolate and a (6√3 × √3)-R30° striped phase with 0.23 ML thiolate, both with long-range order, are found. A localized (5 × √3)-rect. phase is also found as a minority phase embedded in the 5√3 × √3)-R30° phase. This (5 × √3)-rect. phase can be constructed using di-Au-adatom-tri-thiolate species.

  6. Studying Two-Dimensional Zeolites with the Tools of Surface Science: MFI Nanosheets on Au(111)

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    J. D. Kestell; Zhong, J. Q.; Shete, M.; ...

    2016-07-26

    While surface science has provided fundamental insights into a variety a materials, the most used catalysts in the industry, namely zeolites, still remain a challenge. The recent preparation of two-dimensional versions of MFI zeolite frameworks and the possibility of their deposition on electrically conductive supports provides for the first time a viable strategy to perform detailed studies on industrially relevant zeolites using the vast toolkit of surface science. In this work we demonstrate the use of infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS) and synchrotron-based x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to study these materials. Furthermore, polarization modulation IRRAS is used to study themore » adsorption of methanol and its effect in phonon vibrations of the zeolite framework. The possibility of using surface science methods, in particular under ambient pressure conditions, for the study of well-defined zeolites and other microporous structures opens new avenues to understand structural and mechanistic aspects of these materials as catalysts, adsorbents and molecular sieves.« less

  7. Structural and Electronic Properties of Aromatic Isocyanide Self-Assembled Monolayers on Au(111) Surface

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    Li, Yan; Galli, Giulia

    2007-03-01

    The search for molecular assemblies with interesting transport properties for molecular electronic devices is an active field of research. Isocyanide self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) have received some attention lately, as they may provide a better π-network for electron transport than other molecular SAMs such as benzenethiols. We have studied the structural and electronic properties of the interface between a gold surface and an aromatic isocyanide SAM, using density-functional theory in the GGA-PBE approximation. Our calculations predict a herringbone arrangement at high coverage, instead of the conventional structure with (√3x√3)R30^o periodicity. The most favorable geometry is however found at low coverage, where the interaction between molecules is negligible and the barriers between differently tilted geometries are small compared to room temperature. These results explain the disordered patterns recently observed in room temperature STM measurements and point at possible difficulties in using isocyanide SAMs for molecular devices. Our calculations also give insight into the alignment of the molecular energy levels with respect to the Fermi energy of the metal substrate, and the charge redistribution at the interface, which provide essential guide for understanding and predicting transport properties of these SAMs, in case ordering can be achieved.

  8. Resonant core spectroscopies of the charge transfer interactions between C60 and the surfaces of Au(111), Ag(111), Cu(111) and Pt(111)

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    Gibson, Andrew J.; Temperton, Robert H.; Handrup, Karsten; O'Shea, James N.

    2017-03-01

    Charge transfer interactions between C60 and the metal surfaces of Ag(111), Cu(111), Au(111) and Pt(111) have been studied using synchrotron-based photoemission, resonant photoemission and X-ray absorption spectroscopies. By placing the X-ray absorption and valence band spectra on a common binding energy scale, the energetic overlap of the unoccupied molecular orbitals with the density of states of the underlying metal surface have been assessed in the context of possible charge transfer pathways. Resonant photoemission and resonant Auger data, measuring the valence region as a function of photon energy for C60 adsorbed on Au(111) reveals three constant high kinetic energy features associated with Auger-like core-hole decay involving an electron transferred from the surface to the LUMO of the molecule and electrons from the three highest occupied molecular orbitals, respectively and in the presence of ultra-fast charge transfer of the originally photoexcited molecule to the surface. Data for the C60/Ag(111) surface reveals an additional Auger-like feature arising from a core-hole decay process involving more than one electron transferred from the surface into the LUMO. An analysis of the relative abundance of these core-hole decay channels estimates that on average 2.4 ± 0.3 electrons are transferred from the Ag(111) surface into the LUMO. A core-hole clock analysis has also been applied to assess the charge transfer coupling in the other direction, from the molecule to the Au(111) and Ag(111) surfaces. Resonant photoemission and resonant Auger data for C60 molecules adsorbed on the Pt(111) and Cu(111) surfaces are shown to exhibit no super-Auger features, which is attributed to the strong modification of the unoccupied molecular orbitals arising from stronger chemical coupling of the molecule to the surface.

  9. Surface channelling and energy losses of 4 keV hydrogen and fluorine ions in grazing scattering on Au(111) and missing row reconstructed Au(110) surfaces.

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    Chen, L; Valdés, J E; Vargas, P; Esaulov, V A

    2010-09-01

    We present the results of an experimental and theoretical study of surface channelling and energy loss of 4 keV hydrogen and fluorine ions in grazing scattering on a missing row reconstructed Au(110) surface and a Au(111) surface. We performed measurements of energy losses for grazing angle scattering in surface channelling conditions for various azimuthal orientations of the crystal. Experimental results are discussed in the light of trajectory calculations of hydrogen and fluorine ions scattered under grazing incidence conditions on the surface. A nonlinear model is used in order to calculate the ion energy loss in these crystalline systems. Ab initio electronic crystal structure calculations and semi-classical simulations are performed and allow us to delineate various trajectory classes that correspond to different contributions in the energy loss spectra for various azimuthal orientations of the surface.

  10. Acetaldehyde partial oxidation on the Au(111) model catalyst surface: C-C bond activation and formation of methyl acetate as an oxidative coupling product

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    Karatok, Mustafa; Vovk, Evgeny I.; Shah, Asad A.; Turksoy, Abdurrahman; Ozensoy, Emrah

    2015-11-01

    Partial oxidation of acetaldehyde (CH3CHO) on the oxygen pre-covered Au(111) single crystal model catalyst was investigated via Temperature Programmed Desorption (TPD) and Temperature Programmed Reaction Spectroscopy (TPRS) techniques, where ozone (O3) was utilized as the oxygen delivery agent providing atomic oxygen to the reacting surface. We show that for low exposures of O3 and small surface oxygen coverages, two partial oxidation products namely, methyl acetate (CH3COOCH3) and acetic acid (CH3COOH) can be generated without the formation of significant quantities of carbon dioxide. The formation of methyl acetate as the oxidative coupling reaction product implies that oxygen pre-covered Au(111) single crystal model catalyst surface can activate C-C bonds. In addition to the generation of these products; indications of the polymerization of acetaldehyde on the gold surface were also observed as an additional reaction route competing with the partial and total oxidation pathways. The interplay between the partial oxidation, total oxidation and polymerization pathways reveals the complex catalytic chemistry associated with the interaction between the acetaldehyde and atomic oxygen on catalytic gold surfaces.

  11. Intermixed adatom and surface-bound adsorbates in regular self-assembled monolayers of racemic 2-butanethiol on Au(111).

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    Ouyang, Runhai; Yan, Jiawei; Jensen, Palle S; Ascic, Erhad; Gan, Shiyu; Tanner, David; Mao, Bingwei; Niu, Li; Zhang, Jingdong; Tang, Chunguang; Hush, Noel S; Reimers, Jeffrey R; Ulstrup, Jens

    2015-04-07

    In situ scanning tunneling microscopy combined with density functional theory molecular dynamics simulations reveal a complex structure for the self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of racemic 2-butanethiol on Au(111) in aqueous solution. Six adsorbate molecules occupy a (10×√3)R30° cell organized as two RSAuSR adatom-bound motifs plus two RS species bound directly to face-centered-cubic and hexagonally close-packed sites. This is the first time that these competing head-group arrangements have been observed in the same ordered SAM. Such unusual packing is favored as it facilitates SAMs with anomalously high coverage (30%), much larger than that for enantiomerically resolved 2-butanethiol or secondary-branched butanethiol (25%) and near that for linear-chain 1-butanethiol (33%).

  12. Mechanical and charge transport properties of alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers on Au (111) surface: The Role of Molecular Tilt

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    Mulleregan, Alice; Qi, Yabing; Ratera, Imma; Park, Jeong Y.; Ashby, Paul D.; Quek, Su Ying; Neaton, J. B.; Salmeron, Miquel

    2007-11-12

    The relationship between charge transport and mechanical properties of alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers (SAM) on Au(111) films has been investigated using an atomic force microscope with a conductive tip. Molecular tilts induced by the pressure applied by the tip cause stepwise increases in film conductivity. A decay constant {beta} = 0.57 {+-} 0.03 {angstrom}{sup -1} was found for the current passing through the film as a function of tip-substrate separation due to this molecular tilt. This is significantly smaller than the value of {approx} 1 {angstrom}{sup -1} found when the separation is changed by changing the length of the alkanethiol molecules. Calculations indicate that for isolated dithiol molecules S-bonded to hollow sites, the junction conductance does not vary significantly as a function of molecular tilt. The impact of S-Au bonding on SAM conductance is discussed.

  13. Particle-in-a-box confinement of electron gases in and above the surface of self-organized Co nanowires at Au(111) step edges

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    Schouteden, K.; Van Haesendonck, C.

    2012-04-01

    We report on confinement of the series of two-dimensional (2D) electron gases provided by image-potential states (ISs) above wire-like Co nanoparticles that are formed at Au(111) step edges upon Co atom deposition. Maps of the local density of states recorded by means of scanning tunneling microscopy reveal the formation of standing wave (SW) patterns at the Co nanowire surface caused by effective scattering at its boundaries. Due to the simple rectangular shape of the wire-like Co nanoparticles, SW patterns, which reflect the eigenfunctions of the particles, are unambiguously resolved. Quantitative comparison to the confinement of Co surface state electrons reveals that the IS electrons follow a similar particle-in-a-box type behavior. These findings open new perspectives for investigation of quantum size effects of 2D electron systems above nanostructured surfaces.

  14. In situ STM investigation of spinodal decomposition and surface alloying during underpotential deposition of Cd on Au(111) from an ionic liquid.

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    Pan, Ge-Bo; Freyland, Werner

    2007-07-07

    The electrodeposition and anodic dissolution of Cd on Au(111) in an acidic chloroaluminate ionic liquid (MBIC-AlCl(3), 42 : 58 mol%) have been investigated by cyclic voltammetry and in situ STM. In the Cd underpotential deposition region, various nanostructures can be distinguished. At a potential of 0.95 V vs. Al/Al(iii), a transformation from a well ordered AlCl(4)(-) adlayer to a ( radical3 x radical19) superstructure, presumably due to Cd-AlCl(4)(-) coadsorption, is observed. Reducing the potential to 0.45 V, surface alloying of Cd and Au occurs, which is evidenced for the first time by typical spinodal structures occurring both during deposition and dissolution of the surface alloy layer having a hexagonal structure. At still lower potentials below 0.21 V, a layer-by-layer growth of bulk Cd sets in.

  15. LaAu2 and CeAu2 surface intermetallic compounds grown by high-temperature deposition on Au(111)

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    Ormaza, M.; Fernández, L.; Lafuente, S.; Corso, M.; Schiller, F.; Xu, B.; Diakhate, M.; Verstraete, M. J.; Ortega, J. E.

    2013-09-01

    We report on the crystal structure and electronic bands of LaAu2 and CeAu2 surface intermetallic compounds grown by high-temperature deposition on Au(111). By scanning-tunneling microscopy we study the formation of different alloy phases as a function of growth temperature and lanthanide coverage. We determine the specific growth conditions to achieve monolayers and bilayers of LaAu2 and CeAu2 with high crystalline quality. Due to lattice mismatch with the underlying Au substrate, both LaAu2 and CeAu2 exhibit long-range moiré patterns, which can serve as templates for further nanostructure growth. By angle-resolved photoemission we map the two-dimensional band structure of these surface alloys, discussing the nature of the different spectral features in the light of first-principles calculations.

  16. Ground state and phase transitions in a system of arg-cysteamines self-assembled on a Au(111) crystal surface

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    Sadreev, Almas F.; Sukhunin, Yurii V.; Petoral, Rodrigo M.; Uvdal, Kajsa

    2004-01-01

    The translational and orientation order of arg-cysteamine molecules chemiabsorbed on the Au(111) crystal surface is considered. Couplings between carbon, nitrogen, and hydrogen atoms of the n-alkanethiols are approximated by the Lennard-Jones potential. Moreover, hydrogen bonds between oxygen and nitrogen and dipole-dipole interactions of the dipole moments of different atomic groups are taken into account. It is found that molecules are arranged in a 2×2 lattice and have the total symmetry C6×Z2. The critical temperature of the phase transition to the tilted state Tc1, which breaks the symmetry C6, is estimated to be extremely high. The spontaneous breakdown of the remaining symmetry Z2 leads to the twisted state of the molecules and has the critical temperature Tc2=340 K.

  17. Atomic and molecular adsorption on Au(111)

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    Santiago-Rodríguez, Yohaselly; Herron, Jeffrey A.; Curet-Arana, María C.; Mavrikakis, Manos

    2014-09-01

    Periodic self-consistent density functional theory (DFT-GGA) calculations were used to study the adsorption of several atomic species, molecular species and molecular fragments on the Au(111) surface with a coverage of 1/4 monolayer (ML). Binding geometries, binding energies, and diffusion barriers were calculated for 27 species. Furthermore, we calculated the surface deformation energy associated with the binding events. The binding strength for all the analyzed species can be ordered as follows: NH3 < NO < CO < CH3 < HCO < NH2 < COOH < OH < HCOO < CNH2 < H < N < NH < NOH < COH < Cl,< HCO3 < CH2 < CN b HNO < O < F < S < C < CH. Although the atomic species preferred to bind at the three-fold fcc site, no tendency was observed in site preference for the molecular species and fragments. The intramolecular and adsorbate-surface vibrational frequencies were calculated for all the adsorbates on their most energetically stable adsorption site. Most of the theoretical binding energies and frequencies agreed with experimental values reported in the literature. In general, the values obtained with the PW91 functional are more accurate than RPBE in reproducing these experimental binding energies. The energies of the adsorbed species were used to calculate the thermochemical potential energy surfaces for decomposition of CO, NO, N2, NH3 and CH4, oxidation of CO, and hydrogenation of CO, CO2 and NO, giving insight into the thermochemistry of these reactions on gold nanoparticles. These potential energy surfaces demonstrated that: the decomposition of species is not energetically favorable on Au(111); the desorption of NH3, NO and CO are more favorable than their decomposition; the oxidation of CO and hydrogenation of CO and NO on Au(111) to form HCO and HNO, respectively, are also thermodynamically favorable.

  18. Observation of sputtering damage on Au(111)

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    Michely, Thomas; Besocke, Karl H.; Comsa, George

    1990-05-01

    The morphology of a Au(111) surface has been observed with the STM (scanning tunneling microscope) after ion bombardment with 2.5 keV Ne + ions at about 400 K. Mostly triangular and hexagonal shaped vacancy islands are seen in the STM topographs. They are bounded by monatomic steps, oriented along the closed packed <110> directions. The general morphology confirms the conclusions inferred from TEAS (thermal energy atom scattering) measurements on ion bombarded Pt(111) surfaces. The observation of a propensity for the formation of {100} microfacetted <110> ledges is discussed.

  19. An accurate full-dimensional potential energy surface for H–Au(111): Importance of nonadiabatic electronic excitation in energy transfer and adsorption

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    Janke, Svenja M.; Auerbach, Daniel J.; Kandratsenka, Alexander; Wodtke, Alec M.

    2015-09-28

    We have constructed a potential energy surface (PES) for H-atoms interacting with fcc Au(111) based on fitting the analytic form of the energy from Effective Medium Theory (EMT) to ab initio energy values calculated with density functional theory. The fit used input from configurations of the H–Au system with Au atoms at their lattice positions as well as configurations with the Au atoms displaced from their lattice positions. It reproduces the energy, in full dimension, not only for the configurations used as input but also for a large number of additional configurations derived from ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) trajectories at finite temperature. Adiabatic molecular dynamics simulations on this PES reproduce the energy loss behavior of AIMD. EMT also provides expressions for the embedding electron density, which enabled us to develop a self-consistent approach to simulate nonadiabatic electron-hole pair excitation and their effect on the motion of the incident H-atoms. For H atoms with an energy of 2.7 eV colliding with Au, electron-hole pair excitation is by far the most important energy loss pathway, giving an average energy loss ≈3 times that of the adiabatic case. This increased energy loss enhances the probability of the H-atom remaining on or in the Au slab by a factor of 2. The most likely outcome for H-atoms that are not scattered also depends prodigiously on the energy transfer mechanism; for the nonadiabatic case, more than 50% of the H-atoms which do not scatter are adsorbed on the surface, while for the adiabatic case more than 50% pass entirely through the 4 layer simulation slab.

  20. An accurate full-dimensional potential energy surface for H-Au(111): Importance of nonadiabatic electronic excitation in energy transfer and adsorption.

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    Janke, Svenja M; Auerbach, Daniel J; Wodtke, Alec M; Kandratsenka, Alexander

    2015-09-28

    We have constructed a potential energy surface (PES) for H-atoms interacting with fcc Au(111) based on fitting the analytic form of the energy from Effective Medium Theory (EMT) to ab initio energy values calculated with density functional theory. The fit used input from configurations of the H-Au system with Au atoms at their lattice positions as well as configurations with the Au atoms displaced from their lattice positions. It reproduces the energy, in full dimension, not only for the configurations used as input but also for a large number of additional configurations derived from ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) trajectories at finite temperature. Adiabatic molecular dynamics simulations on this PES reproduce the energy loss behavior of AIMD. EMT also provides expressions for the embedding electron density, which enabled us to develop a self-consistent approach to simulate nonadiabatic electron-hole pair excitation and their effect on the motion of the incident H-atoms. For H atoms with an energy of 2.7 eV colliding with Au, electron-hole pair excitation is by far the most important energy loss pathway, giving an average energy loss ≈3 times that of the adiabatic case. This increased energy loss enhances the probability of the H-atom remaining on or in the Au slab by a factor of 2. The most likely outcome for H-atoms that are not scattered also depends prodigiously on the energy transfer mechanism; for the nonadiabatic case, more than 50% of the H-atoms which do not scatter are adsorbed on the surface, while for the adiabatic case more than 50% pass entirely through the 4 layer simulation slab.

  1. Surface Structure and Chemical Switching of Thioctic Acid Adsorbed on Au(111) as Observed Using Near-Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure

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    Meulenberg, R W; van Buuren, T; Vance, A L; Terminello, L J; Willey, T M; Bostedt, C; Fadley, C S

    2004-01-06

    Thioctic acid (alpha-lipoic acid) is a molecule with a large disulfide-containing base, a short alkyl-chain with four CH{sub 2} units, and a carboxyl termination. Self-assembled monolayer (SAM) films of thioctic acid adsorbed on Au(111) have been investigated with near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to determine film quality, bonding and morphology. Using standard preparation protocols for SAMs, that is, dissolving thioctic acid in ethanol and exposing gold to the solution, results in poor films. These films are highly disordered, contain a mixture of carboxyl and carboxylate terminations, have more than monolayer coverage, and exhibit unbound disulfide. Conversely, forming films by dissolving 1 mmol thioctic acid into 5% acetic acid in ethanol (as previously reported with carboxyl-terminated alkyl-thiols) forms ordered monolayers with small amounts of unbound sulfur. NEXAFS indicates tilted over endgroups with the carboxyl group normal on average 38{sup o} from the surface normal. Slight dichroism in other features indicates alkyl chains statistically more upright than prostrate on the surface. Reflection-absorption Fourier transform infrared (RA-FTIR) spectra indicate hydrogen bonding between neighboring molecules. In such well-formed monolayers, a stark reorientation occurs upon deprotonation of the endgroup by rinsing in a KOH solution. The carboxylate plane normal is now about 66{sup o} from sample normal, a much more upright orientation. Data indicate this reorientation may also cause a more upright orientation to the alkyl portion of the molecules.

  2. The structure, energetics, and nature of the chemical bonding of phenylthiol adsorbed on the Au(111) surface: implications for density-functional calculations of molecular-electronic conduction.

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    Bilić, Ante; Reimers, Jeffrey R; Hush, Noel S

    2005-03-01

    The adsorption of phenylthiol on the Au(111) surface is modeled using Perdew and Wang density-functional calculations. Both direct molecular physisorption and dissociative chemisorption via S-H bond cleavage are considered as well as dimerization to form disulfides. For the major observed product, the chemisorbed thiol, an extensive potential-energy surface is produced as a function of both the azimuthal orientation of the adsorbate and the linear translation of the adsorbate through the key fcc, hcp, bridge, and top binding sites. Key structures are characterized, the lowest-energy one being a broad minimum of tilted orientation ranging from the bridge structure halfway towards the fcc one. The vertically oriented threefold binding sites, often assumed to dominate molecular electronics measurements, are identified as transition states at low coverage but become favored in dense monolayers. A similar surface is also produced for chemisorption of phenylthiol on Ag(111); this displays significant qualitative differences, consistent with the qualitatively different observed structures for thiol chemisorption on Ag and Au. Full contours of the minimum potential energy as a function of sulfur translation over the crystal face are described, from which the barrier to diffusion is deduced to be 5.8 kcal mol(-1), indicating that the potential-energy surface has low corrugation. The calculated bond lengths, adsorbate charge and spin density, and the density of electronic states all indicate that, at all sulfur locations, the adsorbate can be regarded as a thiyl species that forms a net single covalent bond to the surface of strength 31 kcal mol(-1). No detectable thiolate character is predicted, however, contrary to experimental results for alkyl thiols that indicate up to 20%-30% thiolate involvement. This effect is attributed to the asymptotic-potential error of all modern density functionals that becomes manifest through a 3-4 eV error in the lineup of the adsorbate and

  3. Enhancing the reactivity of gold: Nanostructured Au(111) adsorbs CO

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    Hoffmann, F. M.; Hrbek, J.; Ma, S.; Park, J. B.; Rodriguez, J. A.; Stacchiola, D. J.; Senanayake, S. D.

    2015-12-02

    Low-coordinated sites are surface defects whose presence can transform a surface of inert or noble metal such as Au into an active catalyst. We prepared gold surfaces modified by pits, starting with a well-ordered Au(111) surface; we then used microscopy (STM) for their structural characterization and CO spectroscopy (IRAS and NEXAFS) for probing reactivity of surface defects. In contrast to the Au(111) surface CO adsorbs readily on the pitted surfaces bonding to low-coordinated sites identified as step atoms forming {111} and {100} microfacets. Finally, pitted nanostructured surfaces can serve as interesting and easily prepared models of catalytic surfaces with defined defects that offer an attractive alternative to vicinal surfaces or nanoparticles commonly employed in catalysis science.

  4. Enhancing the reactivity of gold: Nanostructured Au(111) adsorbs CO

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    Hoffmann, F. M.; Hrbek, J.; Ma, S.; ...

    2015-12-02

    Low-coordinated sites are surface defects whose presence can transform a surface of inert or noble metal such as Au into an active catalyst. We prepared gold surfaces modified by pits, starting with a well-ordered Au(111) surface; we then used microscopy (STM) for their structural characterization and CO spectroscopy (IRAS and NEXAFS) for probing reactivity of surface defects. In contrast to the Au(111) surface CO adsorbs readily on the pitted surfaces bonding to low-coordinated sites identified as step atoms forming {111} and {100} microfacets. Finally, pitted nanostructured surfaces can serve as interesting and easily prepared models of catalytic surfaces with definedmore » defects that offer an attractive alternative to vicinal surfaces or nanoparticles commonly employed in catalysis science.« less

  5. Enhancing the reactivity of gold: Nanostructured Au(111) adsorbs CO

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    Hoffmann, F. M.; Hrbek, J.; Ma, S.; Park, J. B.; Rodriguez, J. A.; Stacchiola, D. J.; Senanayake, S. D.

    2016-08-01

    Low-coordinated sites are surface defects whose presence can transform a surface of inert or noble metal such as Au into an active catalyst. Starting with a well-ordered Au(111) surface we prepared by ion sputtering gold surfaces modified by pits, used microscopy (STM) for their structural characterization and CO spectroscopy (IRAS and NEXAFS) for probing reactivity of surface defects. In contrast to the Au(111) surface CO adsorbs readily on the pitted surfaces bonding to low-coordinated sites identified as step atoms forming {111} and {100} microfacets. Pitted nanostructured surfaces can serve as interesting and easily prepared models of catalytic surfaces with defined defects that offer an attractive alternative to vicinal surfaces or nanoparticles commonly employed in catalysis science.

  6. Visualizing the interface state of PTCDA on Au(111) by scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Nicoara, N; Méndez, J; Gómez-Rodríguez, J M

    2016-11-25

    We have investigated by means of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy (STS) the electronic structure of PTCDA (3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic-dianhydride) molecular monolayers grown on Au(111). Thanks to our STM/STS measurements, performed under ultra-high vacuum conditions and low temperature, an interface state directly derived from the Shockley-type surface state of pristine Au(111) has been detected. Low bias voltage STM images show the formation of standing wave patterns both on Au(111) and on Au(111) covered by a PTCDA monolayer. These patterns result from the scattering of quasi-free 2D electron surface states with surface defects. By Fourier transforming STM images, the corresponding wavevectors have been extracted. In particular, the simultaneous imaging of both pristine and PTCDA covered Au(111) areas has allowed to measure the Fermi contours and the Fermi wavevectors of both systems. These measurements show that one monolayer PTCDA on Au(111) presents an interface state with an isotropic circular Fermi contour and smaller Fermi wavector ([Formula: see text]) than the corresponding Fermi wavector of pristine Au(111) ([Formula: see text]). This picture is consistent with an upward shift of the Shockley-type surface state due to the presence of the molecular monolayer.

  7. Visualizing the interface state of PTCDA on Au(111) by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Nicoara, N.; Méndez, J.; Gómez-Rodríguez, J. M.

    2016-11-01

    We have investigated by means of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy (STS) the electronic structure of PTCDA (3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic-dianhydride) molecular monolayers grown on Au(111). Thanks to our STM/STS measurements, performed under ultra-high vacuum conditions and low temperature, an interface state directly derived from the Shockley-type surface state of pristine Au(111) has been detected. Low bias voltage STM images show the formation of standing wave patterns both on Au(111) and on Au(111) covered by a PTCDA monolayer. These patterns result from the scattering of quasi-free 2D electron surface states with surface defects. By Fourier transforming STM images, the corresponding wavevectors have been extracted. In particular, the simultaneous imaging of both pristine and PTCDA covered Au(111) areas has allowed to measure the Fermi contours and the Fermi wavevectors of both systems. These measurements show that one monolayer PTCDA on Au(111) presents an interface state with an isotropic circular Fermi contour and smaller Fermi wavector ({k}{{F}}=0.15+/- 0.01\\phantom{\\rule{thinmathspace}{0ex}}\\mathring{{{A}}}{}-1) than the corresponding Fermi wavector of pristine Au(111) ({k}{{F}}=0.17+/- 0.01\\phantom{\\rule{thinmathspace}{0ex}}\\mathring{{{A}}}{}-1). This picture is consistent with an upward shift of the Shockley-type surface state due to the presence of the molecular monolayer.

  8. Revisiting the S-Au(111) interaction: Static or Dynamic?

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    Biener, M M; Biener, J; Friend, C M

    2004-08-17

    The chemical inertness typically observed for Au does not imply a general inability to form stable bonds with non-metals but is rather a consequence of high reaction barriers. The Au-S interaction is probably the most intensively studied interaction of Au surfaces with non-metals as, for example, it plays an important role in Au ore formation, and controls the structure and dynamics of thiol-based self-assembled-monolayers (SAMs). In recent years a quite complex picture of the interaction of sulfur with Au(111) surfaces emerged, and a variety of S-induced surface structures was reported under different conditions. The majority of these structures were interpreted in terms of a static Au surface, where the positions of the Au atoms remain essentially unperturbed. Here we demonstrate that the Au(111) surface exhibits a very dynamic character upon interaction with adsorbed sulfur: low sulfur coverages modify the surface stress of the Au surface leading to lateral expansion of the surface layer; large-scale surface restructuring and incorporation of Au atoms into a growing two-dimensional AuS phase were observed with increasing sulfur coverage. These results provide new insight into the Au-S surface chemistry, and reveal the dynamic character of the Au(111) surface.

  9. Enhanced reactivity for hydrogen reactions at Pt nanoislands on Au(111).

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    Wolfschmidt, Holger; Weingarth, Daniel; Stimming, Ulrich

    2010-05-17

    We report high exchange current densities exceeding 1 A cm(-2) at Pt nanostructures on Au(111) for hydrogen-related reactions. Such activity is found at Pt nanoparticles with a coverage of less than 10 % of a monolayer on Au(111) and on single Pt particles deposited on Au(111). Potential pulse technique as well as micropolarization curves with overpotentials of +/-10 mV were used in the case of extended nanostructured surfaces to determine the activity. Single Pt particles were investigated in an in situ electrochemical scanning tunneling microscope setup using the STM tip as local sensor. The reactivity obtained on Pt nanostructured Au(111) towards hydrogen reactions were subsidized by single particle reactivity measurements. The specific activity of platinum is enhanced by more than a factor of 1000 as compared to a Pt(111) single crystal. Aspects that may explain this enhancement such as an involvement of the substrate, highly reactive defect sites and enhanced mass transport are discussed.

  10. Anion promoted Ni-underpotential deposition on Au(111)

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    Bubendorff, J. L.; Cagnon, L.; Costa-Kieling, V.; Bucher, J. P.; Allongue, P.

    1997-07-01

    In situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and cyclic voltammetry show that a Ni monolayer can be deposited from a sulfamate solution on Au(111) at positive potentials with respect to the Nernst potential of the {Ni}/{Ni2+} couple. This process is specific to H 2NSO -3 anions since it could not be observed in the presence of sulfates. High resolution STM images suggest that the Ni layer builds up on the surface due to a complexation of Ni 2+ by the sulfamate adlayer on the gold surface.

  11. Hydrogen-bonded clusters of ferrocenecarboxylic acid on Au(111).

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    Quardokus, Rebecca C; Wasio, Natalie A; Christie, John A; Henderson, Kenneth W; Forrest, Ryan P; Lent, Craig S; Corcelli, Steven A; Kandel, S Alex

    2014-09-14

    Self-assembled monolayers of ferrocenecarboxylic acid (FcCOOH) contain two fundamental units, both stabilized by intermolecular hydrogen bonding: dimers and cyclic five-membered catemers. At surface coverages below a full monolayer, however, there is a significantly more varied structure that includes double-row clusters containing two to twelve FcCOOH molecules. Statistical analysis shows a distribution of cluster sizes that is sharply peaked compared to a binomial distribution. This rules out simple nucleation-and-growth mechanisms of cluster formation, and strongly suggests that clusters are formed in solution and collapse into rows when deposited on the Au(111) surface.

  12. Temperature programmed desorption of weakly bound adsorbates on Au(111)

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    Engelhart, Daniel P.; Wagner, Roman J. V.; Meling, Artur; Wodtke, Alec M.; Schäfer, Tim

    2016-08-01

    We have performed temperature programmed desorption (TPD) experiments to analyze the desorption kinetics of Ar, Kr, Xe, C2H2, SF6, N2, NO and CO on Au(111). We report desorption activation energies (Edes), which are an excellent proxy for the binding energies. The derived binding energies scale with the polarizability of the molecules, consistent with the conclusion that the surface-adsorbate bonds arise due to dispersion forces. The reported results serve as a benchmark for theories of dispersion force interactions of molecules at metal surfaces.

  13. Nanoscale Decoration of Electrode Surfaces with an STM

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    1999-05-30

    covered Au( 111) surface due to underpotential deposition . E,,,P, = + 10 mV vs. Cu/Cu++, E, = - 30 mV, I, = 2 nA. (b) Same area, but after anodic...Abstract The tip of a scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) has been used to deposit nanometer-sized clusters of copper or silver on bare and thiol...covered gold electrode surfaces at predetermined positions. First, metal is deposited electrochemically onto the STM tip, then the clusters are formed by a

  14. Investigation of adsorption behavior of mercury on Au(111) from first principles.

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    Lim, Dong-Hee; Aboud, Shela; Wilcox, Jennifer

    2012-07-03

    The structural and electronic properties of Hg, SO(2), HgS, and HgO adsorption on Au(111) surfaces have been determined using density functional theory with the generalized gradient approximation. The adsorption strength of Hg on Au(111) increases by a factor of 1.3 (from -9.7 to -12.6 kcal/mol) when the number of surface vacancies increases from 0 to 3; however, the adsorption energy decreases with more than three vacancies. In the case of SO(2) adsorption on Au(111), the Au surface atoms are better able to stabilize the SO(2) molecule when they are highly undercoordinated. The SO(2) adsorption stability is enhanced from -0.8 to -9.3 kcal/mol by increasing the number of vacancies from 0 to 14, with the lowest adsorption energy of -10.2 kcal/mol at 8 Au vacancies. Atomic sulfur and oxygen precovered-Au(111) surfaces lower the Hg stability when Hg adsorbs on the top of S and O atoms. However, a cooperative effect between adjacent Hg atoms is observed as the number of S and Hg atoms increases on the perfect Au(111) surface, resulting in an increase in the magnitude of Hg adsorption. Details of the electronic structure properties of the Hg-Au systems are also discussed.

  15. Comparative electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy study of nonionic fluorosurfactant zonyl FSN self-assembled monolayers on Au(111) and Au(100): a potential-induced structural transition.

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    Tang, Yongan; Yan, Jiawei; Zhu, Feng; Sun, Chunfeng; Mao, Bingwei

    2011-02-01

    We investigate the structure of nonionic fluorosurfactant zonyl FSN self-assembled monolayers on Au(111) and Au(100) in 0.05 M H(2)SO(4) as a function of the electrode potential by electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (ECSTM). On Au(111), a (3(1/2) × 3(1/2))R30° arrangement of the FSN SAMs is observed, which remains unchanged in the potential range where the redox reaction of FSN molecules does not occur. On Au(100), some parallel corrugations of the FSN SAMs are observed, which originate from the smaller distance and the repulsive interaction between FSN molecules to make the FSN molecules deviate from the bridging sites, and ECSTM reveals a potential-induced structural transition of the FSN SAMs. The experimental observations are rationalized by the effect of the intermolecular interaction. The smaller distance between molecules on Au(100) results in the repulsive force, which increases the probability of structural change induced by external factors (i.e., the electrode potential). The appropriate distance and interactions of FSN molecules account for the stable structure of FSN SAMs on Au(111). Surface crystallography may influence the intermolecular interaction through changing the molecular arrangements of the SAMs. The results benefit the molecular-scale understanding of the behavior of the FSN SAMs under electrochemical potential control.

  16. Near sulfur L-edge X-ray absorption spectra of methanethiol in isolation and adsorbed on a Au(111) surface: a theoretical study using the four-component static exchange approximation.

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    Villaume, Sebastien; Ekström, Ulf; Ottosson, Henrik; Norman, Patrick

    2010-06-07

    The relativistic four-component static exchange approach for calculation of near-edge X-ray absorption spectra has been reviewed. Application of the method is made to the Au(111) interface and the adsorption of methanethiol by a study of the near sulfur L-edge spectrum. The binding energies of the sulfur 2p(1/2) and 2p(3/2) sublevels in methanethiol are determined to be split by 1.2 eV due to spin-orbit coupling, and the binding energy of the 2p(3/2) shell is lowered from 169.2 eV for the isolated system to 167.4 and 166.7-166.8 eV for methanethiol in mono- and di-coordinated adsorption sites, respectively (with reference to vacuum). In the near L-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectrum only the sigma*(S-C) peak at 166 eV remains intact by surface adsorption, whereas transitions of predominantly Rydberg character are largely quenched in the surface spectra. The sigma*(S-H) peak of methanethiol is replaced by low-lying, isolated, sigma*(S-Au) peak(s), where the number of peaks in the latter category and their splittings are characteristic of the local bonding situation of the sulfur.

  17. Photoemission core-level shifts reveal the thiolate-Au(111) interface

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    Groenbeck, Henrik; Odelius, Michael

    2010-08-15

    The nature of the thiolate/Au(111) interface is a long-standing puzzle. It has been suggested that thiolates drive surface reconstruction, however, a consensus regarding the adsorption configuration is missing. Herein, the density-functional theory is used to evaluate surface core-level shifts (SCLSs) for methyl thiolates on Au(111) assuming a representative set of different surface reconstructions. The SCLSs are found to provide sensitive fingerprints of the anchoring configuration, and it is only thiolate adsorption in the form of MeS-Au-SMe complexes that can be reconciled with experimental data.

  18. Solvent-assisted growth of metal phthalocyanine thin films on Au(111)

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    Tskipuri, Levan; Shao Qian; Reutt-Robey, Janice

    2012-05-15

    Thin films of metal phthalocyanine (MPc) are grown on an Au(111) support with a newly developed aerosol molecular beam deposition source and characterized in situ via ultrahigh vacuum scanning tunneling microscopy. MPcs are delivered to Au(111) in a series of N{sub 2}-entrained microsized solvent droplets of variable surface residence time. Phthalocyanine film registration to the herringbone reconstruction of the Au(111) surface, indicative of thermodynamically favored structure, is observed at submonolayer coverages for aromatic solvents with long residence times. Aerosol-deposited monolayer film structures are noncrystalline with tilted MPc orientations and vacancy nanocavities. Upon annealing, MPc molecules adopt flat-lying orientations with respect to the substrate and vacancies are eliminated. Film morphologies indicate solvation-mediated film nucleation and growth, with less long-range ordering that in vapor-generated films.

  19. Self-assembly of methanethiol on cluster arrays of Co/Au(111)

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    Nenchev, Georgi; Diaconescu, Bogdan; Pohl, Karsten

    2007-03-01

    Self-assembly on strained metallic interfaces is an attractive option for growing highly ordered multi-functional nanopatterns. We present a Variable Temperature STM and Auger Electron Spectroscopy study of selective adsorption of sulfur-terminated CH3SH molecules on the lattice of Co clusters on Au(111). We investigate the growth of a uniform network of Co on the reconstructed Au(111) surface, the temperature evolution of the island height and the termination, and the onset of surface alloying. Further we will show the evolution of morphology of the CH3SH film on Au (111) as a function of coverage and temperature, and the importance of the herringbone reconstruction for the SAM formation and orientation. Successful combination and control of these two processes leads to the creation of an ordered, stable patterned Co/CH3SH heterostructure with nanometer-sized unit cell.

  20. Oxygen-induced restructuring with release of gold atoms from Au(111)

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    Min, B.K.; Deng, X.; Schalek, R.; Pinnaduwage, D.; Friend, C.M.

    2005-09-15

    Adsorption of oxygen atoms, achieved via electron-induced dissociation of nitrogen dioxide, induces restructuring of the 'herringbone' to a striped, soliton-wall structure accompanied by release of gold from the 'elbows' in the herringbone structure. The number density of 'elbows' (dislocations corresponding to a change in direction of the reconstruction) decreases as a function of increasing atomic oxygen coverage while the long range order observed in low energy electron diffraction (LEED) changes from ({radical}(3)x22)-rec. to (1x22) in the limit of saturation coverage. Small islands and serrated step edges were formed due to the release of gold atoms from elbow sites of Au(111). The overall structural change of the Au(111) surface may result from the reduction of anisotropy related to the tensile stress relief of the Au(111) surface by oxygen atoms.

  1. CO₂ electroreduction at bare and Cu-decorated Pd pseudomorphic layers: catalyst tuning by controlled and indirect supporting onto Au(111).

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    Januszewska, Aneta; Jurczakowski, Rafal; Kulesza, Pawel J

    2014-12-02

    We report here the results of electrochemical studies on CO2 electroreduction at multilayered catalyst composed of the monatomic layer of copper covering palladium overlayers (0.8-10 monolayers) deposited on the well-defined Au(111) surface. These multilayered systems were obtained by successive underpotential deposition steps: Pd on Au(111) as well as Cu on Pd/Au(111). Low index orientation of Au substrate was chosen to compare Pd overlayers with bulk Pd(111), which is known to reduce CO2 to CO adsorbates in acidic solutions. The process of CO2 electroreduction was studied by using classical transient electrochemical methods. Catalytic activity of bare Pd layers was investigated in acidic and neutral solutions. In the latter case, much higher activity of Pd overlayers was observed. The results showed that the palladium layer thickness significantly changed the catalytic activities of both bare Pd overlayers and the one Cu monolayer covered electrodes toward CO2 electroreduction. Results show that catalytic activity can be finely tuned by using the multilayered near-surface-alloy approach.

  2. DFT study on cysteine adsorption mechanism on Au(111) and Au(110)

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    Buimaga-Iarinca, Luiza; Floare, Calin G.; Calborean, Adrian; Turcu, Ioan

    2013-11-13

    Periodic density functional theory calculations were used to investigate relevant aspects of adsorption mechanisms of cysteine dimers in protonated form on Au(111) and Au(110) surfaces. The projected densities of states are explicitly discussed for all main chemical groups of cysteine, i.e. the amino group (NH2), the thiol group (SH) and the carboxylic group (COOH) to identify differences in adsorption mechanism. Special emphasis is put on the analysis of changes in the electronic structure of molecules adsorbed on Au(111) and Au(110) surfaces as well as the accompanying charge transfer mechanisms at molecule-substrate interaction.

  3. Self-ordered nanoporous lattice formed by chlorine atoms on Au(111)

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    Cherkez, V. V.; Zheltov, V. V.; Didiot, C.; Kierren, B.; Fagot-Revurat, Y.; Malterre, D.; Andryushechkin, B. V.; Zhidomirov, G. M.; Eltsov, K. N.

    2016-01-01

    A self-ordered nanoporous lattice formed by individual chlorine atoms on the Au(111) surface has been studied with low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, and density functional theory calculations. We have found out that room-temperature adsorption of 0.09-0.30 monolayers of chlorine on Au(111) followed by cooling below 110 K results in the spontaneous formation of a nanoporous quasihexagonal structure with a periodicity of 25-38 Å depending on the initial chlorine coverage. The driving force of the superstructure formation is attributed to the substrate-mediated elastic interaction.

  4. Does the S-H Bond Always Break after Adsorption of an Alkylthiol on Au(111)?

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    Guesmi, Hazar; Luque, Noelia B; Santos, Elizabeth; Tielens, Frederik

    2017-01-26

    The reaction mechanism for the formation of alkyl thiol self-assembled monolayers (SAM) on Au(111) is still not clearly understood. Especially, the role of defects on the chemisorption process is an important goal to be addressed. In this work, different minimum energy reaction paths for R-SH dissociation of thiols (with long and short chains and dithiol species) adsorbed on gold adatom are calculated by using periodic density functional theory (DFT). Our results show a lower energy barrier for the RS-H bond dissociation when two thiols are adsorbed per adatom. In addition, in contrast with the formation of an adatom at the Au(111) which has been shown to depend on the alkyl chain length, the activation energy of the RS-H bond dissociation of thiols adsorbed on an adatom was shown to be independent of the alkyl chain length. The presented results and derived hypothesis support the model that thiols with long alkyl chain thiols mainly adsorb molecularly on Au(111), while for short alkyl chain thiols the S-H bond breaks. This result is explained by the fact that short-chain thiols have lower interchain interaction energies and are thus more mobile compared to the long alkyl chain thiols on the Au(111) surface. This feature enables the short chains to reach adequate geometries, driven by entropy, which could deform the Au(111) more drastically and probably pull Au atoms out from surface to form adatoms. With these results a new mechanism is proposed for the formation of alkyl chain thiols on Au(111).

  5. Bimolecular networks and supramolecular traps on Au(111).

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    Perdigão, L M A; Perkins, E W; Ma, J; Staniec, P A; Rogers, B L; Champness, N R; Beton, P H

    2006-06-29

    We demonstrate the formation of intermixed phases and self assembled molecular templates on the Au(111) surface. The templates are stabilized by hydrogen bonding between melamine molecules with trigonal symmetry and linear PTCDI (perylene tetra-carboxylic di-imide) molecules. When annealed, these molecules spontaneously form either a chiral intermixed phase or a honeycomb arrangement in which vertexes and edges correspond respectively to melamine and PTCDI molecules. We also observe minority phases with more complex intermolecular junctions. The use of these networks as templates is demonstrated by the controlled capture of fullerenes within the pores of the network to form dimers, hexamers, and heptamers. Our results confirm that bimolecular templates can be realized on a range of substrates.

  6. Morphology of Vapor-Deposited Ice on Au(111) at Low Temperatures

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    Joyce, Stephen; Donev, Jason; Fain, Sam

    2001-03-01

    Atomic force microscopy (AFM) has been used to investigate the growth and annealing behavior of multilayer ice films deposited on Au(111) on mica. The films are deposited in-situ from an effusive doser at an angle of 67 degrees from the surface normal. A probe tip attached to a quartz crystal (Omicron needle sensor) provides nanometer resolution of surface features. Films deposited below 100K appear relatively flat adopting the surface texture of the Au(111) substrate. Large three-dimensional clusters form after annealing these films up to 130K. These changes may be produced by surface diffusion producing a non-wetting film. Under some conditions, the forces exerted by the probe can produce noticeable changes in the initially smooth film, but are not causing the observed cluster formation.

  7. The electrochemical characterisation of benzyl mercaptan-modified Au(111): structure and copper deposition.

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    Baunach, T; Kolb, D M

    2002-04-01

    The behaviour of benzyl mercaptan self-assembled monolayers on Au(111) in sulfuric acid solution was studied using cyclic voltammetry and in situ scanning tunnelling microscopy. Modification of the Au(111) surface in an ethanolic solution of benzyl mercaptan leads to a disordered monolayer. However, by partial reductive desorption a striped c (15 x sqrt [3]) and a (2 x sqrt [3]) structure were obtained. The disordered benzyl mercaptan film was also used for the study of copper deposition. At -0.02 V versus SCE, that is in the underpotential deposition region, monoatomic high islands appear on the surface. Bulk deposition of copper starts at -0.08 V versus SCE with the growth of dendrites underneath the thiol film. At higher overpotentials, the growth of three-dimensional copper clusters commences.

  8. Pit Formation during the Self-Assembly of Dithiol Monolayers on Au(111)

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    Macdairmid, A. R.; Cappello, M. L.; Keeler, W. J.; Banks, J. T.; Gallagher, M. C.

    2000-03-01

    The formation of pits one gold atom deep during the growth of alkanethiol monolayers on Au(111), has been observed previously by others. Explanations for pit formation include etching of the substrate, or mass transport of gold atom + thiol molecule on the surface, due to changes in surface energy^1. We have investigated the structure of dithiothreitol (DTT) SAMs on Au(111). Ex situ STM measurements indicate similar pitting occurs during formation of the dithiol monolayer. The degree of pitting depends on exposure time, sample temperature during formation, and subsequent annealing of the sample. Pitting is enhanced considerasbly when DTT is coordinated with Ti, in fact DTT/Ti films exhibit considerable pit motion during STM imaging. ^1 F. Teran et al. Electrochimica Acta 44, 1053 (1998).

  9. Solvent Effect on Formation of Cysteamine Self-Assembled Monolayers on Au(111)

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    Lee, Sang Yun; Noh, Jaegeun; Ito, Eisuke; Lee, Haiwon; Hara, Masahiko

    2003-01-01

    Cysteamine (CA) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) formed in various solutions on Au(111) were examined by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to understand the solvent effect on the SAM structure. The STM study revealed that the surface structure of CA SAMs prepared in polar protic solutions was strongly influenced by immersion time, while there were no significant structural changes in the SAMs prepared in nonpolar and polar aprotic solutions. This result implies that the proticity of the solvent and the immersion time play important roles in determining the surface structures of the amino-terminated CA SAMs due to the coadsorptoin of solvent molecules onto the clean monolayers, which are stabilized by hydrogen bonding between polar protic solvents and the clean monolayers. In addition, our STM and XPS results for CA SAMs on Au(111) suggest the existence of two different structural conformations, i.e., trans and gauche conformers.

  10. Structural and electronic properties of graphene nanoflakes on Au(111) and Ag(111)

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    Tesch, Julia; Leicht, Philipp; Blumenschein, Felix; Gragnaniello, Luca; Fonin, Mikhail; Marsoner Steinkasserer, Lukas Eugen; Paulus, Beate; Voloshina, Elena; Dedkov, Yuriy

    2016-03-01

    We investigate the electronic properties of graphene nanoflakes on Ag(111) and Au(111) surfaces by means of scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy as well as density functional theory calculations. Quasiparticle interference mapping allows for the clear distinction of substrate-derived contributions in scattering and those originating from graphene nanoflakes. Our analysis shows that the parabolic dispersion of Au(111) and Ag(111) surface states remains unchanged with the band minimum shifted to higher energies for the regions of the metal surface covered by graphene, reflecting a rather weak interaction between graphene and the metal surface. The analysis of graphene-related scattering on single nanoflakes yields a linear dispersion relation E(k), with a slight p-doping for graphene/Au(111) and a larger n-doping for graphene/Ag(111). The obtained experimental data (doping level, band dispersions around EF, and Fermi velocity) are very well reproduced within DFT-D2/D3 approaches, which provide a detailed insight into the site-specific interaction between graphene and the underlying substrate.

  11. Atomic force microscopy(AFM) of Ice Vapor-Deposited on Au(111)at 100K

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    Donev, Jason; Fain, Sam; Joyce, Steve

    2001-05-01

    Multilayer films of water ice were vapor-deposited deposited in-situ in ultra-high vacuum from an effusive doser at an angle of 67 degrees from the surface normal of Au(111)on mica. These films were profiled by a probe tip attached to a quartz crystal (Omicron needle sensor) which provides nanometer resolution of surface features. Films deposited below 100K appear relatively flat, adopting the surface texture of the Au(111) substrate. Three-dimensional clusters typically 30 nm high form after annealing these films up to 130K. The lateral dimensions of the clusters depend on the initial coverage. These changes are produced by surface diffusion producing a non-wetting film. The rearrangement happened even if the annealing was done without imaging. Previous thermal desorption measurements by Kay and coworkers have inferred amorphous ice clusters surrounded by bare substrate for films deposited on Au(111) at low-temperatures. Supported by Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research, a U. W. Nanotechnology Fellowship Award to J.M.K.D., and NSF KDI 99-80125.

  12. Kinetics of low-temperature CO oxidation on Au(111)

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    Thuening, Theodore; Walker, Joshua; Adams, Heather; Furlong, Octavio; Tysoe, Wilfred T.

    2016-06-01

    The oxidation of carbon monoxide on oxygen-modified Au(111) surfaces is studied using a combination of reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS) and temperature-programmed desorption (TPD). TPD reveals that CO desorbs in two states with the low-temperature state have a peak temperature between ~ 130 and 150 K, and the higher-temperature state having a peak temperature that varies from ~ 175 to ~ 220 K depending on the initial oxygen and CO coverages. Infrared spectroscopy indicates that the low-temperature CO desorption state is predominantly associated with CO adsorbed on Auδ + sites, while the higher-temperature states are due to CO on Au0 sites. No additional vibrational features are detected indicating that CO reacts directly with adsorbed atomic oxygen on gold to form CO2. Estimates of the activation energy for CO2 formation suggest that they are in the same range and found for supported gold catalysts at reaction temperature below ~ 300 K.

  13. Magnetic and electronic structure of Mn nanostructures on Ag(111) and Au(111)

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    Cardias, R.; Bezerra-Neto, M. M.; Ribeiro, M. S.; Bergman, A.; Szilva, A.; Eriksson, O.; Klautau, A. B.

    2016-01-01

    We present results of the electronic and magnetic structure of Mn nanowires adsorbed on Ag(111) and Au(111) surfaces. For finite Mn nanowires on Ag(111) and Au(111) surfaces, our ab initio results show that the large difference between the spin-orbit splitting of these two surfaces leads to completely different magnetic configurations. The magnetic ordering for Mn nanowires adsorbed on Ag(111) is governed by the strong exchange interaction between Mn adatoms. For Mn nano-chains on Au(111), the competition between Heisenberg and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions leads to a complex magnetic structure of the clusters considered here. Among the more conspicuous results we note a spin-spiral helical type for the nanowire with seven atoms, and a complex magnetic configuration incommensurate with the substrate lattice for a double-sized Mn wire. The effect of the structural relaxation is also investigated, showing sensitivity of the exchange interactions to the bond distance to the substrate. We also demonstrate that small changes in the band filling of these Mn chains results in drastically different changes of the interatomic exchange. Finally, we show that dispersion of the electronic energy spectrum is possible even in nanostructures with bounded spatial extension.

  14. STM imaging ortho- and para-fluorothiophenol self-assembled monolayers on Au(111).

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    Jiang, Peng; Deng, Ke; Fichou, Denis; Xie, Si-Shen; Nion, Aymeric; Wang, Chen

    2009-05-05

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of para- and ortho-fluorothiophenol (p- and o-FTP) spontaneously formed on Au(111) substrate have been contrasted through investigation by a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) at room temperature. High-resolution STM imaging reveals that p-FTP adopts a 6 x radical3R30 degrees molecule arrangement containing six molecules. Two different kinds of p-FTP molecule dimer line structures have been formed on Au(111) by intermolecular pi-pi stacking along 112 substrate directions, besides a single p-FTP molecule line. In contrast, o-FTP molecules self-assemble into a much looser wave-like SAM, which can be described as a 5 x 3 radical3R30 degrees structure containing two molecules. Periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations for the two systems suggest that these kinds of FTP molecules preferentially take the asymmetrical positions between 3-fold face-centered cubic (fcc) hollow and bridge sites on Au(111), tilting from the substrate surface. Theoretical simulation gives apparent average tilted angles of 58 degrees and 68 degrees for p-FTP and o-FTP with respect to the surface normal, respectively. This simulation shows that o-FTP is more inclined to lie down toward the Au(111) surface compared to p-FTP. The difference between p-FTP and o-FTP SAM structures can be qualitatively understood in terms of the variation of intermolecular dipole-dipole orientation. This suggests that, besides well-known Au-S and pi-pi interactions, electrostatic interactions including dipole-dipole, quadrupole-quadrupole, and dipole-quadrupole interactions might also play an important role in influencing the SAM structures formed by aromatic thiols with a permanent dipole moment.

  15. Interaction of CO with OH on Au(111): HCOO, CO3, and HOCO as Key Intermediates in the Water-Gas Shift Reaction

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    Senanayake, S.; Stacchiola, D; Liu, P; Mullins, C; Hrbek, J; Rodriguez, J

    2009-01-01

    We have investigated the role of formate (HCOO), carbonate (CO{sub 3}), and carboxyl (HOCO) species as possible intermediates in the OH{sub ads} + CO{sub gas} {yields} CO{sub 2,gas} + 0.5H{sub 2,gas} reaction on Au(111) using synchrotron-based core level photoemission, near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS), and infrared absorption spectroscopy (IR). Adsorbed HCOO, CO{sub 3}, and OH species were prepared by adsorbing formic acid, carbon dioxide, and water on a Au(111) surface precovered with 0.2 ML of atomic oxygen, respectively. HCOOH interacts weakly with Au(111), but on O/Au(111) it dissociates its acidic H to yield adsorbed formate. The results of NEXAFS, IR, and density-functional calculations indicate that the formate adopts a bidentate configuration on Au(111). Since the HCOO groups are stable on Au(111) up to temperatures near 350 K, it is not likely that formate is a key intermediate for the OH{sub ads} + CO{sub gas} {yields} CO{sub 2,gas} + 0.5H{sub 2,gas} reaction at low temperatures. In fact, the formation of this species could lead eventually to surface poisoning. When compared to a formate species, a carbonate species formed by the reaction of CO{sub 2} with O/Au(111) has low stability, decomposing at temperatures between 100 and 125 K, and should not poison the gold surface. Neither HCOO nor CO{sub 3} was detected during the reaction of CO with OH on Au(111) at 90-120 K. The results of photoemission and IR spectroscopy point to HO {leftrightarrow} CO interactions, consistent with the formation of an unstable HOCO intermediate which has a very short lifetime on the gold surface. The possible mechanism for the low-temperature water-gas shift on gold catalysts is discussed in light of these results.

  16. Direct observation of adsorption geometry for the van der Waals adsorption of a single π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule on Au(111)

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    Kim, Ju-Hyung; Jung, Jaehoon; Kim, Yousoo E-mail: ykim@riken.jp; Tahara, Kazukuni; Tobe, Yoshito E-mail: ykim@riken.jp; Kawai, Maki E-mail: ykim@riken.jp

    2014-02-21

    Weak van der Waals adsorption of π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecules onto the gold surface, Au(111), is one of the essential processes in constructing organic-metal interfaces in organic electronics. Here we provide a first direct observation of adsorption geometry of a single π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule on Au(111) using an atomically resolved scanning tunneling microscopy study combined with van der Waals density functional methodology. For the purpose, we utilized a highly symmetric π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule, dehydrobenzo[12]annulene (DBA), which has a definite three-fold symmetry, the same as the Au(111) surface. Interestingly, our observations on an atomically resolved scale clearly indicate that the DBA molecule has only one adsorption configuration on Au(111) in spite of the weak van der Waals adsorption system. Based on the precisely determined adsorption geometry of DBA/Au(111), our calculation results imply that even a very small contribution of the interfacial orbital interaction at the organic-metal interface can play a decisive role in constraining the adsorption geometry even in the van der Waals adsorption system of a π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule on the noblest Au(111) surface. Our observations provide not only deeper insight into the weak adsorption process, but also new perspectives to organic electronics using π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecules on the Au surface.

  17. Direct observation of adsorption geometry for the van der Waals adsorption of a single π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule on Au(111).

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    Kim, Ju-Hyung; Jung, Jaehoon; Tahara, Kazukuni; Tobe, Yoshito; Kim, Yousoo; Kawai, Maki

    2014-02-21

    Weak van der Waals adsorption of π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecules onto the gold surface, Au(111), is one of the essential processes in constructing organic-metal interfaces in organic electronics. Here we provide a first direct observation of adsorption geometry of a single π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule on Au(111) using an atomically resolved scanning tunneling microscopy study combined with van der Waals density functional methodology. For the purpose, we utilized a highly symmetric π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule, dehydrobenzo[12]annulene (DBA), which has a definite three-fold symmetry, the same as the Au(111) surface. Interestingly, our observations on an atomically resolved scale clearly indicate that the DBA molecule has only one adsorption configuration on Au(111) in spite of the weak van der Waals adsorption system. Based on the precisely determined adsorption geometry of DBA/Au(111), our calculation results imply that even a very small contribution of the interfacial orbital interaction at the organic-metal interface can play a decisive role in constraining the adsorption geometry even in the van der Waals adsorption system of a π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecule on the noblest Au(111) surface. Our observations provide not only deeper insight into the weak adsorption process, but also new perspectives to organic electronics using π-conjugated hydrocarbon molecules on the Au surface.

  18. Pb deposition on I-coated Au(111). UHV-EC and EC-STM studies.

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    Kim, Youn-Geun; Kim, Jay Yu; Thambidurai, Chandru; Stickney, John L

    2007-02-27

    This article concerns the growth of an atomic layer of Pb on the Au(111)( radical3 x radical3)R30 degrees -I structure. The importance of this study lies in the use of Pb underpotential deposition (UPD) as a sacrificial layer in surface-limited redox replacement (SLRR). SLRR reactions are being applied in the formation of metal nanofilms via electrochemical atomic layer deposition (ALD). Pb UPD is a surface-limited reaction, and if it is placed in a solution of ions of a more noble metal, redox replacement can occur, but limited by the amount of Pb present. Pb UPD is a candidate for use as a sacrificial layer for replacement by any more noble element. It has been used by this group for both Cu and Pt nanofilm formation using electrochemical ALD. The I atom layer was intended to facilitate electrochemical annealing during nanofilm growth. Two distinctly different Pb atomic layer structures are reported, studied using in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) with an electrochemical flow cell and ultrahigh vacuum surface analysis combined directly with electrochemical reactions (UHV-EC). Starting with the initial Au(111)( radical3 x radical3)R30 degrees -I, 1/3 monolayer of I on the Au(111) surface, Pb deposition began at approximately 0.1 V. The first Pb UPD structure was observed just below -0.2 V and displayed a (2 x radical3)-rect unit cell, for a structure composed of 1/4 monolayer each of Pb and I. The I atoms fit in Pb 4-fold sites, on the Au(111) surface. The structure was present in domains rotated by 120 degrees. Deposition to -0.4 V resulted in complete loss of the I atoms and formation of a Pb monolayer on the Au(111), which produced a Moiré pattern, due to the Pb and Au lattice mismatch. These structures represent two well-defined starting points for the growth of nanofilms of other more noble elements. It is apparent from these studies that the adsorption of I- on Pb is weak, and it will rinse away. If Pb is used as a sacrificial metal in an

  19. Coexistence of the Au(111) reconstruction and a striped phase SAM

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    Darling, S. B.; Rosenbaum, A. W.; Wang, Yi; Sibener, S. J.

    2003-03-01

    We have studied the effect of adsorption of a low-density alkanethiol monolayer on the state of the Au(111) reconstruction [1]. It is commonly believed that the substrate deconstructs following formation of a thiolate SAM, but our results suggest this is not always the case. Neutral atom He diffraction from 1-decanethiol and 1-octanethiol striped phase monolayers is exploited to establish the surface nearest-neighbor spacing and to illustrate a unit cell corresponding to the (23×root3) reconstruction. Moreover, 1/2 -order peaks in the diffraction from C10/Au(111) demonstrate a distinction between neighboring thiolate dimers. These peaks are not observed for the C8/Au(111) system which, in contrast to C10, has no commensurate relation with the reconstruction. STM data are also presented that show persistence of the reconstruction during growth of a C10 striped phase monolayer and no evidence for vacancy islands typically associated with deconstruction until initiation of the standing phase. 1. S.B. Darling, A.W. Rosenbaum, Yi Wang, S.J. Sibener Langmuir 18 (2002) 7462.

  20. O2 reduction by lithium on Au(111) and Pt(111)

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    Xu, Ye; Shelton Jr, William Allison

    2010-01-01

    Lithium-oxygen has one of the highest specific energies among known electrochemical couples and holds the promise of substantially boosting the energy density of portable batteries. Mechanistic knowledge of oxygen electroreduction by Li is scarce at the present time, and the factors limiting the discharge and charge efficiencies of the Li-oxygen cathode are not understood. To shed light on the fundamental surface chemistry of this oxygen reduction reaction by Li (Li-ORR), we have performed periodic density functional theory calculations in conjunction with thermodynamic modeling for two metal surfaces, Au(111) and Pt(111). The inertness of Au(111) results in a low reversible potential of 1.51 V for initial O2 reduction via superoxide (LiO2). On Pt(111), initially the dissociative adsorption of O2 is rapid and reduction involves atomic O with a reversible potential of 1.76 V, whereas the associative LiO2 channel (at 1.93 V) is expected to dominate once O2 dissociation becomes hindered by surface species. On both Au(111) and Pt(111) the lithiation of O2 significantly weakens the O-O bond, and so the selectivity of the Li-ORR products is mainly to monoxides (LixO), not peroxides (LixO2). LixO units are energetically driven to form (LixO)n aggregates, and the interfaces between (LixO)n and the metal surfaces are found also to be active sites for stabilizing LiO2 and dissociating the O-O bond. During cycling, an oxygen reduction half-cycle is expected to begin with the reduction of atomic O instead of O2 at steady state. On Au(111) this occurs at 2.27 V, whereas the greater stability of O on Pt(111) lowers the reversible potential to a maximum of 1.93 V, being limited by the delithaition of (LixO)n products to atomic O. Therefore the intrinsic reactivity of Pt(111) renders it less effective for Li-ORR than Au(111).

  1. Molecular dynamics and energy landscape of decanethiolates in self-assembled monolayers on Au(111) studied by scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Sotthewes, Kai; Wu, Hairong; Kumar, Avijit; Vancso, G Julius; Schön, Peter M; Zandvliet, Harold J W

    2013-03-19

    The energetics and dynamics of the various phases of decanethiolate self-assembled monolayers on Au(111) surfaces were studied with scanning tunneling microscopy. We have observed five different phases of the decanethiolate monolayer on Au(111): four ordered phases (β, δ, χ*, and φ) and one disordered phase (ε). We have determined the boundary free energies between the disordered and order phases by analyzing the thermally induced meandering of the domain boundaries. On the basis of these results, we are able to accurately predict the two-dimensional phase diagram of the decanethiolate/Au(111) system. The order-disorder phase transition of the χ* phase occurs at 295 K, followed by the order-disorder phase transition of the β phase at 325 K. Above temperatures of 325 K, only the densely packed φ and disordered ε phases remain. Our findings are in good agreement with the phase diagram of the decanethiolate/Au(111) system that was put forward by Poirier et al. [Langmuir 2001, 17 (4), 1176-1183].

  2. STM manipulation of a subphthalocyanine double-wheel molecule on Au(111).

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    Nickel, Anja; Meyer, Joerg; Ohmann, Robin; Jacquot de Rouville, Henri-Pierre; Rapenne, Gwénaël; Ample, Francisco; Joachim, Christian; Cuniberti, Gianaurelio; Moresco, Francesca

    2012-10-10

    A new class of double-wheel molecules is manipulated on a Au(111) surface by the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) at low temperature. The double-wheel molecule consists of two subphthalocyanine wheels connected by a central rotation carbon axis. Each of the subphthalocyanine wheels has a nitrogen tag to monitor its intramolecular rolling during an STM manipulation sequence. The position of the tag can be followed by STM, allowing us to distinguish between the different lateral movements of the molecule on the surface when manipulated by the STM tip.

  3. An in situ STM and DTS study of the extremely pure [EMIM]FAP/Au(111) interface.

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    Borisenko, Natalia; Zein El Abedin, Sherif; Endres, Frank

    2012-05-14

    Herein the structure of the interfacial layer between the air- and water-stable ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate ([EMIM]FAP) and Au(111) is investigated using in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), distance tunneling spectroscopy (DTS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) measurements. The in situ STM measurements reveal that structured interfacial layers can be probed in both cathodic and anodic regimes at the IL/Au(111) interface. The structure of these layers is dependent on the applied electrode potential, the number of subsequent STM scans and the scan rate. Furthermore, first DTS results show that the tunneling barrier during the 1st STM scan does not seem to change significantly in the cathodic potential regime between the ocp (-0.2 V) and -2.0 V.

  4. Structure and dynamics of C60 molecules on Au(111)

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    Shin, Heekeun; Schwarze, A; Diehl, R D; Pussi, K; Colombier, A; Gaudry, E.; Ledieu, J; McGuirk, G M; Serkovic Loli, L N; Fournee, V; Wang, Lin-Lin; Schull, G; Berndt, R

    2014-06-01

    Earlier studies of C60 adsorption on Au(111) reported many interesting and complex features. We have performed coordinated low-energy electron diffraction, scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and density functional theory studies to elucidate some of the details of the monolayer commensurate (2√3 × 2√3)R30° phase. We have identified the adsorption geometries of the two states that image as dim and bright in STM. These consist of a C60 molecule with a hexagon side down in a vacancy (hex-vac) and a C60 molecule with a carbon-carbon 6:6 bond down on a top site (6:6-top), respectively. We have studied the detailed geometries of these states and find that there is little distortion of the C60 molecules, but there is a rearrangement of the substrate near the C60 molecules. The two types of molecules differ in height, by about 0.7 Å, which accounts for most of the difference in their contrast in the STM images. The monolayer displays dynamical behavior, in which the molecules flip from bright to dim, and vice versa. We interpret this flipping as the result of the diffusion of vacancies in the surface layers of the substrate. Our measurements of the dynamics of this flipping from one state to the other indicate that the activation energy is 0.66 ± 0.03 eV for flips that involve nearest-neighbor C60 molecules, and 0.93 ± 0.03 for more distant flips. Based on calculated activation energies for vacancies diffusing in Au, we interpret these to be a result of surface vacancy diffusion and bulk vacancy diffusion. These results are compared to the similar system of Ag(111)-(2√3 × 2√3)R30°-C60. In both systems, the formation of the commensurate C60 monolayer produces a large number of vacancies in the top substrate layer that are highly mobile, effectively melting the interfacial metal layer at temperatures well below their normal melting temperatures.

  5. Noncontact atomic force microscopy studies of ultrathin films of amorphous solid water deposited on Au(111).

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    Donev, J M K; Yu, Q; Long, B R; Bollinger, R K; Fain, S C

    2005-07-22

    Noncontact atomic force microscopy was used to study the morphological changes of an ultrathin amorphous solid water (ASW) film as a function of deposition temperature, annealing temperature, and annealing time. ASW deposited at 80 or 108 K on Au(111) formed truncated hemispherical clusters of increasing size during annealing at 134 K; these clusters were inferred to be crystalline. The number of nuclei present at the outer surface of the film after deposition was greater for higher deposition temperature. For lower cluster densities, depletion of the ASW film around the clusters was observed when the clusters became larger and dendritic growth was observed when the apparent cluster footprint radius exceeded 100 nm.

  6. Growth of nanocrystalline MoO3 on Au(111) studied by in-situ STM

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    Biener, M M; Biener, J; Schalek, R; Friend, C M

    2004-04-22

    The growth of nanocrystalline MoO{sub 3} islands on Au(111) using physical vapor deposition of Mo has been studied by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and low energy electron diffraction (LEED). The growth conditions affect the shape and distribution of the MoO{sub 3} nanostructures, providing a means of preparing materials with different percentages of edge sites that may have different chemical and physical properties than atoms in the interior of the nanostructures. MoO{sub 3} islands were prepared by physical vapor deposition of Mo and subsequent oxidation by NO{sub 2}exposure at temperatures between 450 K and 600 K. They exhibit a crystalline structure with a c(4x2) periodicity relative to unreconstructed Au(111). While the atomic-scale structure is identical to that of MoO{sub 3} islands prepared by chemical vapor deposition, we demonstrate that the distribution of MoO{sub 3} islands on the Au(111) surface reflects the distribution of Mo clusters prior to oxidation although the growth of MoO{sub 3} involves long-range mass transport via volatile MoO{sub 3} precursor species. The island morphology is kinetically controlled at 450 K, whereas an equilibrium shape is approached at higher preparation temperatures or after prolonged annealing at the elevated temperature. Mo deposition at or above 525 K leads to the formation of a Mo-Au surface alloy as indicated by the observation of embedded MoO{sub 3} islands after oxidation by NO{sub 2}. Au vacancy islands, formed when Mo and Au dealloy to produce vacancies, are observed for these growth conditions.

  7. Chiral effects in amino acid adsorption on Au(111): A comparison of cysteine, homocysteine and methionine

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    Popa, Tatiana; Ting, Elvis C. M.; Paci, Irina

    2014-11-01

    A combined classical/quantum methodology is used to examine chiral effects upon adsorption of three sulfur-containing amino acids on the Au(111) surface: cysteine, homocysteine and methionine. Parallel tempering Monte Carlo simulations were employed to broadly examine the configurational space of monomers, dimers and trimers of the molecules on the gold surface. Density functional theory was applied to promising structural targets in order to incorporate higher order electronic structure effects in a study of relative stabilities of the various molecular states upon adsorption. As the precursors of chiral structure formation, like and unlike dimers were investigated at some length, with consideration given to the mode of sorption (chemisorption of physisorption) and the existence of zwitterionic states. We found that neutral (non-zwitterionic) molecules adsorbed weakly on the highly-coordinated Au(111) surfaces. As a consequence, pair configurations in dimers were insufficiently constrained to lead to differential stabilities of homochiral and heterochiral dimers. Whereas neutral molecule interactions were non-discriminating, strong chiral discrimination was found in zwitterionic amino acids. The zwitterionic forms of the larger molecules equilibrated closer to the surface, and the stronger molecule-molecule and molecule-surface interactions were such that homochiral dimers were stable whereas heterochiral dimers were not.

  8. Ordered molecular assemblies of substituted bis(phthalocyaninato) rare earth complexes on Au(111): in situ scanning tunneling microscopy and electrochemical studies.

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    Ma, Houyi; Yang, Liang-Yueh Ou; Pan, Na; Yau, Shueh-Lin; Jiang, Jianzhuang; Itaya, Kingo

    2006-02-28

    Substituted bis(phthalocyaninato) rare earth complexes ML2 (M = Y and Ce; L = [Pc(OC8H17)8]2, where Pc = phthalocyaninato) were adsorbed onto single crystalline Au(111) electrodes from benzene saturated with either YL2 or CeL2 complex at room temperature. In situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) were used to examine the structures and the redox reactions of these admolecules on Au(111) electrodes in 0.1 mol dm(-3) HClO4. The CVs obtained with YL2- and CeL2-coated Au(111) electrodes respectively contained two and three pairs of redox peaks between 0 and 1.0 V (versus reversible hydrogen electrode). STM molecular resolution revealed that YL2 and CeL2 admolecules were imaged as spherical protrusions separated by 2.3 nm, which suggests that they were oriented with their molecular planes parallel to the unreconstructed Au(111)-(1 x 1). Both molecules when adsorbing from approximately micromolar benzene dosing solutions produced mainly ordered arrays characterized as (8 x 5 radical3)rect (theta = 0.0125). The redox reactions occurring between 0.2 and 1.0 V caused no change in the adlayer, but they were desorbed or oxidized at the negative and positive potential limits. The processes of adsorption and desorption at the negative potentials were reversible to the modulation of potential. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and CV measurements showed that YL2 and CeL2 adlayers could block the adsorption of perchlorate anions and mediating electron transfer at the Au(111) electrode, leading to the enhancement of charge transfer for the ferro/ferricyanide redox couple.

  9. Adlayer structures of anthracenthiol on Au(111) after removal of covering multilayers with probe scan

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    Azzam, Waleed

    2016-05-01

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of anthracene-2-thiol (AnT) on Au(111) have been investigated using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). A preparation of AnT-SAMs from ethanolic solutions results in a deposition of multilayer films. As a result, the general features that have been frequently observed for different systems of thiol-modified gold surfaces are hidden in AnT-SAMs. The thin overlayers on top of the chemisorbed anthracenethiolate monolayer are removed by the STM-tip after a repetitive scanning over the same part of the SAM at nondestructive imaging conditions. After ∼2 h of consecutive and continuous STM scanning, smooth AnT-SAM surfaces were formed. The polished surfaces contain vacancy depressions rather than the elevated gold islands which are typically formed after the adsorption of purely aromatic thiols such as AnT on Au(111). The STM data showed the coexistence of two distinct stable commensurate phases, namely, α and β. High-resolution STM images revealed a (√{ 3 } × 8) structure for the α phase and a (√{ 7 } × 4) R11° structure for the β phase whose unit cells contain, respectively, four and two molecules. The β phase was found to be 50% less densely packed than the α phase. The lower molecular density of the β phase should be correlated with a significantly larger tilt angle of the AnT molecular backbone with respect to the surface normal.

  10. Two-dimensional connective nanostructures of electrodeposited Zn on Au (111) induced by spinodal decomposition

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    Dogel, J.; Tsekov, R.; Freyland, W.

    2005-03-01

    Phase formation of surface alloying by spinodal decomposition has been studied at an electrified interface. For this aim Zn was electrodeposited on Au(111) from the ionic liquid AlCl3-MBIC (58:42) containing 1 mM Zn(II) at different potentials in the underpotential range corresponding to submonolayer up to monolayer coverage. Structure evolution was observed by in situ electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) at different times after starting the deposition via potential jumps and at temperatures of 298 and 323 K. Spinodal or labyrinth two-dimensional structures predominate at middle coverage, both in deposition and in dissolution experiments. They are characterized by a length scale of typically 5 nm which has been determined from the power spectral density of STM images. Structure formation and surface alloying are governed by slow kinetics with a rate constant k with activation energy of 120 meV and preexponential factor of 0.17s-1. The evolution of the structural features is described by a continuum model and is found to be in good agreement with the STM observations. From the experimental and model calculation results we conclude that the two-dimensional phase formation in the Zn on Au(111) system is dominated by surface alloying. The phase separation of a Zn-rich and a Zn-Au alloy phase is governed by two-dimensional spinodal decomposition.

  11. Barrier height formation in organic blends/metal interfaces: Case of tetrathiafulvalene-tetracyanoquinodimethane/Au(111)

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    Martínez, José I.; Abad, Enrique; Beltrán, Juan I.; Flores, Fernando; Ortega, José

    2013-12-01

    The interface between the tetrathiafulvalene/tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ) organic blend and the Au(111) metal surface is analyzed by Density Functional Theory calculations, including the effect of the charging energies on the molecule transport gaps. Given the strong donor and acceptor characters of the TTF and TCNQ molecules, respectively, there is a strong intermolecular interaction, with a relatively high charge transfer between the two organic materials, and between the organic layer and the metal surface. We find that the TCNQ LUMO peak is very close to the Fermi level; due to the interaction with the metal surface, the organic molecular levels are broadened, creating an important induced density of interface states (IDIS). We show that the interface energy level alignment is controlled by the charge transfer between TTF, TCNQ, and Au, and by the molecular dipoles created in the molecules because of their deformations when adsorbed on Au(111). A generalization of the Unified-IDIS model, to explain how the interface energy levels alignment is achieved for the case of this blended donor/acceptor organic layer, is presented by introducing matrix equations associated with the Charge Neutrality Levels of both organic materials and with their intermixed screening properties.

  12. Barrier height formation in organic blends/metal interfaces: Case of tetrathiafulvalene-tetracyanoquinodimethane/Au(111)

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    Martínez, José I.; Abad, Enrique; Beltrán, Juan I.; Flores, Fernando; Ortega, José

    2013-12-07

    The interface between the tetrathiafulvalene/tetracyanoquinodimethane (TTF-TCNQ) organic blend and the Au(111) metal surface is analyzed by Density Functional Theory calculations, including the effect of the charging energies on the molecule transport gaps. Given the strong donor and acceptor characters of the TTF and TCNQ molecules, respectively, there is a strong intermolecular interaction, with a relatively high charge transfer between the two organic materials, and between the organic layer and the metal surface. We find that the TCNQ LUMO peak is very close to the Fermi level; due to the interaction with the metal surface, the organic molecular levels are broadened, creating an important induced density of interface states (IDIS). We show that the interface energy level alignment is controlled by the charge transfer between TTF, TCNQ, and Au, and by the molecular dipoles created in the molecules because of their deformations when adsorbed on Au(111). A generalization of the Unified-IDIS model, to explain how the interface energy levels alignment is achieved for the case of this blended donor/acceptor organic layer, is presented by introducing matrix equations associated with the Charge Neutrality Levels of both organic materials and with their intermixed screening properties.

  13. Self-organization of S adatoms on Au(111): √3R30° rows at low coverage

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    Walen, Holly; Liu, Da-Jiang; Oh, Junepyo; Lim, Hyunseob; Kim, Yousoo; Evans, J. W.; Thiel, P. A.

    2015-07-07

    Using scanning tunneling microscopy, we observe an adlayer structure that is dominated by short rows of S atoms, on unreconstructed regions of a Au(111) surface. This structure forms upon adsorption of low S coverage (less than 0.1 monolayer) on a fully reconstructed clean surface at 300 K, then cooling to 5 K for observation. The rows adopt one of three orientations that are rotated by 30° from the close-packed directions of the Au(111) substrate, and adjacent S atoms in the rows are separated by √3 times the surface lattice constant, a. Monte Carlo simulations are performed on lattice-gas models, derived using a limited cluster expansion based on density functional theory energetics. Models which include long-range pairwise interactions (extending to 5a), plus selected trio interactions, successfully reproduce the linear rows of S atoms at reasonable temperatures.

  14. Growth of Single- and Bilayer ZnO on Au(111) and Interaction with Copper

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    Deng, Xingyi; Yao, Kun; Sun, Keju; Li, Wei-Xue; Lee, Junseok; Matranga, Christopher

    2013-05-02

    The stoichiometric single- and bi-layer ZnO(0001) have been prepared by reactive deposition of Zn on Au(111) and studied in detail with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy, and density functional theory calculations. Both single- and bi-layer ZnO(0001) adopt a planar, graphite-like structure similar to freestanding ZnO(0001) due to the weak van der Waals interactions dominating their adhesion with the Au(111) substrate. At higher temperature, the single-layer ZnO(0001) converts gradually to bi-layer ZnO(0001) due to the twice stronger interaction between two ZnO layers than the interfacial adhesion of ZnO with Au substrate. It is found that Cu atoms on the surface of bi-layer ZnO(0001) are mobile with a diffusion barrier of 0.31 eV, and likely to agglomerate and form nanosized particles at low coverages; while Cu atoms tend to penetrate a single layer of ZnO(0001) with a barrier of 0.10 eV, resulting in a Cu free surface.

  15. Self-organization of S adatoms on Au(111): √3R30° rows at low coverage

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    Walen, Holly; Liu, Da -Jiang; Oh, Junepyo; ...

    2015-07-06

    Using scanning tunneling microscopy, we observe an adlayer structure that is dominated by short rows of S atoms, on unreconstructed regions of a Au(111) surface. This structure forms upon adsorption of low S coverage (less than 0.1 monolayer) on a fully reconstructed cleansurface at 300 K, then cooling to 5 K for observation. The rows adopt one of three orientations that are rotated by 30° from the close-packed directions of the Au(111) substrate, and adjacent S atoms in the rows are separated by √3 times the surface lattice constant, a. Monte Carlo simulations are performed on lattice-gas models, we derivedmore » using a limited cluster expansion based on density functional theory energetics. Furthermore, models which include long-range pairwise interactions (extending to 5a), plus selected trio interactions, successfully reproduce the linear rows of S atoms at reasonable temperatures.« less

  16. Self-organization of S adatoms on Au(111): √3R30° rows at low coverage

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    Walen, Holly; Liu, Da -Jiang; Oh, Junepyo; Lim, Hyunseob; Evans, J. W.; Kim, Yousoo; Thiel, P. A.

    2015-07-06

    Using scanning tunneling microscopy, we observe an adlayer structure that is dominated by short rows of S atoms, on unreconstructed regions of a Au(111) surface. This structure forms upon adsorption of low S coverage (less than 0.1 monolayer) on a fully reconstructed cleansurface at 300 K, then cooling to 5 K for observation. The rows adopt one of three orientations that are rotated by 30° from the close-packed directions of the Au(111) substrate, and adjacent S atoms in the rows are separated by √3 times the surface lattice constant, a. Monte Carlo simulations are performed on lattice-gas models, we derived using a limited cluster expansion based on density functional theory energetics. Furthermore, models which include long-range pairwise interactions (extending to 5a), plus selected trio interactions, successfully reproduce the linear rows of S atoms at reasonable temperatures.

  17. Methanethiolate Adsorption Site on Au(111): A Combined STM/DFT Study at the Single-Molecule Level

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    Maksymovych, P.; Sorescu, D.C.; Yates, J.T.

    2006-10-26

    The chemisorptive bonding of methanethiolate (CH3S) on the Au(111) surface has been investigated at a single-molecule level using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (LT-STM) and density functional theory (DFT). The CH3S species were produced by STM-tip-induced dissociation of methanethiol (CH3SH) or dimethyl disulfide (CH3SSCH3) at 5 K. The adsorption site of an isolated CH3S species was assigned by comparing the experimental and calculated STM images. We conclude that the S-headgroup of chemisorbed CH3S adsorbs on the 2-fold coordinated bridge site between two Au atoms, consistent with theoretical predictions for CH3S on the nondefective Au(111) surface. Our assignment is also supported by the freezing of the tip-induced rotational dynamics of a single CH3SH molecule upon conversion to CH3S via deprotonation.

  18. STM study of C60F18 high dipole moment molecules on Au(111)

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    Bairagi, K.; Bellec, A.; Chumakov, R. G.; Menshikov, K. A.; Lagoute, J.; Chacon, C.; Girard, Y.; Rousset, S.; Repain, V.; Lebedev, A. M.; Sukhanov, L. P.; Svechnikov, N. Yu.; Stankevich, V. G.

    2015-11-01

    Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy studies of C60F18 molecules deposited on Au(111) are reported and compared to C60 molecules both at liquid helium temperature and room temperature (RT). Whereas adsorption and electronic properties of C60F18 single molecules were studied at low temperature (LT), self-assemblies were investigated at RT. In both cases, the fluorine atoms of the C60F18 molecules are pointed towards the surface. Individual C60F18 molecules on Au(111) have a HOMO-LUMO gap of 2.9 eV. The self-assembled islands exhibit a close-packed hexagonal lattice with amorphous borders. The comparison with C60 molecules clearly demonstrates the influence of the C60F18 electric dipole moment (EDM) on the electronic properties of single molecules and on the thermodynamics of self-assembled islands. Besides, the apparent height value of a separate molecule increases in a self-assembly environment as a result of a depolarization phenomenon.

  19. Environment-modulated Kondo phenomena in FePc/Au(111) adsorption systems

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    Wang, Yu; Zheng, Xiao; Yang, Jinlong

    2016-03-01

    Recent scanning tunneling microscopy experiments on electron transport through iron(II) phthalocyanine (FePc) molecules adsorbed on the Au(111) surface have revealed that the measured Kondo conductance signature depends strongly on the specific adsorption site. To understand the physical origin of experimental observations, particularly the variation of Kondo features with the molecular adsorption site, we employ a combined density functional theory (DFT) and hierarchical equations of motion (HEOM) approach to investigate the electronic structure and Kondo correlation in FePc/Au(111) composite systems. The calculation results indicate that, for the on-top adsorption configuration, the two degenerate spin-unpaired dπ orbitals on the Fe center are coupled indirectly through substrate band states, leading to the Fano-like antiresonance line shape in the d I /d V spectra, while for the bridge adsorption configuration, the environment-induced couplings are largely suppressed because of the two different spin-unpaired d orbitals. Therefore, our work suggests that the environment-induced coupling as an essential physical factor could greatly influence the Fano-Kondo features in magnetic molecule/metal composites, and the crucial role of local orbital degeneracy and symmetry is discovered. These findings provide important insights into the electron correlation effects in complex solid-state systems. The usefulness and practicality of the combined DFT+HEOM method is also highlighted.

  20. Oxidation of palladium on Au(111) and ZnO(0001) supports

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    Lallo, J.; Tenney, S. A.; Kramer, A.; ...

    2014-10-21

    The oxidation of supported Pd-deposits on Au(111) and ZnO(0001) single crystals has been studied by x- ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS). Oxidation has been carried out ex-situ in a high-pressure cell with subsequent vacuum-transfer and characterization by XPS in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV), as well as using in-situ characterization by synchrotron based near-ambient pressure XPS. On Au(111) alloying of Pd with the substrate competes with oxidation and only sufficiently thick Pd films have been found to oxidize. For Pd on ZnO the oxidation conditions depend on the amount of deposited Pd. Thicker Pd deposits behave similar to bulk Pd, while thinner filmsmore » oxidize already at lower temperatures. Interestingly, for very small amounts of Pd, in-situ XPS shows full oxidation at room temperature and at less than 0.6 mbar O₂ pressure. This indicates a lowering of the kinetic barriers for oxidation of very small supported Pd-clusters. The formed oxide is, however, not stable in UHV and a slow reduction is observed. The instability of this oxide indicates that the Pd-oxide formed at the interface to ZnO may have different chemical properties compared to bulk PdO or surface oxides on Pd.« less

  1. Oxidation of palladium on Au(111) and ZnO(0001) supports

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    Lallo, J.; Tenney, S. A.; Kramer, A.; Sutter, P.; Batzill, M.

    2014-10-21

    The oxidation of supported Pd-deposits on Au(111) and ZnO(0001) single crystals has been studied by x- ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS). Oxidation has been carried out ex-situ in a high-pressure cell with subsequent vacuum-transfer and characterization by XPS in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV), as well as using in-situ characterization by synchrotron based near-ambient pressure XPS. On Au(111) alloying of Pd with the substrate competes with oxidation and only sufficiently thick Pd films have been found to oxidize. For Pd on ZnO the oxidation conditions depend on the amount of deposited Pd. Thicker Pd deposits behave similar to bulk Pd, while thinner films oxidize already at lower temperatures. Interestingly, for very small amounts of Pd, in-situ XPS shows full oxidation at room temperature and at less than 0.6 mbar O₂ pressure. This indicates a lowering of the kinetic barriers for oxidation of very small supported Pd-clusters. The formed oxide is, however, not stable in UHV and a slow reduction is observed. The instability of this oxide indicates that the Pd-oxide formed at the interface to ZnO may have different chemical properties compared to bulk PdO or surface oxides on Pd.

  2. Ir-induced activation of Au towards CO adsorption: Ir films deposited on Au{111}

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    Zhang, Tianfu; Driver, Stephen M.; Pratt, Stephanie J.; Jenkins, Stephen J.; King, David A.

    2016-06-01

    We have investigated the interaction of CO with Ir/Au{111} bimetallic surfaces, and the influence of morphology changes as Ir moves sub-surface into the Au bulk, using reflection-absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS). The presence of Ir stabilises CO on exposed regions of the Au surface at temperatures up to around 200 K: we attribute this to low-coordinated Au sites, probably associated with lifting of the clean-surface 'herringbone' reconstruction by Ir deposition. The highest density of active Au sites is obtained after annealing the bimetallic surface to 500-600 K: we attribute this to morphology changes associated with the movement of Ir into bulk Au.

  3. Electronically decoupled stacking fault tetrahedra embedded in Au(111) films

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    Schouteden, Koen; Amin-Ahmadi, Behnam; Li, Zhe; Muzychenko, Dmitry; Schryvers, Dominique; Van Haesendonck, Chris

    2016-01-01

    Stacking faults are known as defective structures in crystalline materials that typically lower the structural quality of the material. Here, we show that a particular type of defect, that is, stacking fault tetrahedra (SFTs), exhibits pronounced quantized electronic behaviour, revealing a potential synthetic route to decoupled nanoparticles in metal films. We report on the electronic properties of SFTs that exist in Au(111) films, as evidenced by scanning tunnelling microscopy and confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. We find that the SFTs reveal a remarkable decoupling from their metal surroundings, leading to pronounced energy level quantization effects within the SFTs. The electronic behaviour of the SFTs can be described well by the particle-in-a-box model. Our findings demonstrate that controlled preparation of SFTs may offer an alternative way to achieve well-decoupled nanoparticles of high crystalline quality in metal thin films without the need of thin insulating layers. PMID:28008910

  4. Electronically decoupled stacking fault tetrahedra embedded in Au(111) films

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    Schouteden, Koen; Amin-Ahmadi, Behnam; Li, Zhe; Muzychenko, Dmitry; Schryvers, Dominique; Van Haesendonck, Chris

    2016-12-01

    Stacking faults are known as defective structures in crystalline materials that typically lower the structural quality of the material. Here, we show that a particular type of defect, that is, stacking fault tetrahedra (SFTs), exhibits pronounced quantized electronic behaviour, revealing a potential synthetic route to decoupled nanoparticles in metal films. We report on the electronic properties of SFTs that exist in Au(111) films, as evidenced by scanning tunnelling microscopy and confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. We find that the SFTs reveal a remarkable decoupling from their metal surroundings, leading to pronounced energy level quantization effects within the SFTs. The electronic behaviour of the SFTs can be described well by the particle-in-a-box model. Our findings demonstrate that controlled preparation of SFTs may offer an alternative way to achieve well-decoupled nanoparticles of high crystalline quality in metal thin films without the need of thin insulating layers.

  5. Electronically decoupled stacking fault tetrahedra embedded in Au(111) films.

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    Schouteden, Koen; Amin-Ahmadi, Behnam; Li, Zhe; Muzychenko, Dmitry; Schryvers, Dominique; Van Haesendonck, Chris

    2016-12-23

    Stacking faults are known as defective structures in crystalline materials that typically lower the structural quality of the material. Here, we show that a particular type of defect, that is, stacking fault tetrahedra (SFTs), exhibits pronounced quantized electronic behaviour, revealing a potential synthetic route to decoupled nanoparticles in metal films. We report on the electronic properties of SFTs that exist in Au(111) films, as evidenced by scanning tunnelling microscopy and confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. We find that the SFTs reveal a remarkable decoupling from their metal surroundings, leading to pronounced energy level quantization effects within the SFTs. The electronic behaviour of the SFTs can be described well by the particle-in-a-box model. Our findings demonstrate that controlled preparation of SFTs may offer an alternative way to achieve well-decoupled nanoparticles of high crystalline quality in metal thin films without the need of thin insulating layers.

  6. Image potential states at chevron-shaped graphene nanoribbons /Au(111) interfaces

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    Bronner, Christopher; Haase, Anton; Tegeder, Petra

    2015-01-01

    Image potential states (IPSs) have been observed for various adsorbed carbon structures, such as graphene or carbon nanotubes. Graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) are intriguing nanostructures with a significant band gap which promise applications in nanotechnology. In the present paper we employ two-photon photoemission (2PPE) to investigate the unoccupied electronic structure and particularly the IPS of chevron-shaped GNR which are synthesized in a thermally activated on-surface synthesis on Au(111). Angle- and time-resolved 2PPE are utilized to gain further insights into the properties of the IPS. Compared to the pristine surface, reduced effective masses between 0.6 and 0.8 electron masses are observed and the lifetimes of the IPS are below the experimental detection limit, which is in the femtosecond regime. Independent of the concentration of N dopant atoms introduced in the GNR we observe a constant binding energy with respect to the vacuum level of the system.

  7. Coupling of triamines with diisocyanates on Au(111) leads to the formation of polyurea networks.

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    Jensen, Sean; Früchtl, Herbert; Baddeley, Christopher J

    2009-11-25

    The surface-confined coupling reaction between melamine (1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triamine) and 1,4-phenylene diisocyanate has been investigated on Au(111) by scanning tunneling microscopy. Diisocyanate species are stabilized at the edges of melamine arrays and coupling reactions to form small urea oligomers may be initiated at room temperature. These oligomers are incorporated into the two-dimensional melamine array. Annealing accelerates the formation of larger oligomers with multiple urea linkages. The oligomers can themselves form ordered 2-D structures stabilized by intermolecular H-bonding. At higher annealing temperatures, oligomers containing as many as seven or eight urea linkages were identified. These oligomers were able to form 2-D porous structures via interoligomer H-bonding interactions. We discuss the composition of all of the phases observed and identify how covalent and noncovalent interactions stabilize each phase.

  8. Adsorption of diferrocenylacetylene on Au(111) studied by scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Quardokus, Rebecca C; Wasio, Natalie A; Forrest, Ryan P; Lent, Craig S; Corcelli, Steven A; Christie, John A; Henderson, Kenneth W; Kandel, S Alex

    2013-05-14

    Scanning tunneling microscopy images of diferrocenylacetylene (DFA) coadsorbed with benzene on Au(111) show individual and close-packed DFA molecules, either adsorbed alongside benzene or on top of a benzene monolayer. Images acquired over a range of positive and negative tip-sample bias voltages show a shift in contrast, with the acetylene linker appearing brighter than the ferrocenes at positive sample bias (where unoccupied states primarily contribute) and the reverse contrast at negative bias. Density functional theory was used to calculate the electronic structure of the gas-phase DFA molecule, and simulated images produced through two-dimensional projections of these calculations approximate the experimental images. The symmetry of both experimental and calculated molecular features for DFA rules out a cis adsorption geometry, and comparison of experiment to simulation indicates torsion around the inter-ferrocene axis between 90° and 180° (trans); the cyclopentadienyl rings are thus angled with respect to the surface.

  9. Metal-organic extended 2D structures: Fe-PTCDA on Au(111).

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    Alvarez, Lucía; Peláez, Samuel; Caillard, Renaud; Serena, Pedro A; Martín-Gago, José A; Méndez, Javier

    2010-07-30

    In this work we combine organic molecules of 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) with iron atoms on an Au (111) substrate in ultra-high vacuum conditions at different temperatures. By means of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) we study the formation of stable 2D metal-organic structures. We show that at certain growth conditions (temperature, time and coverage) stable 'ladder-like' nanostructures are obtained. These are the result of connecting together two metal-organic chains through PTCDA molecules placed perpendicularly, as rungs of a ladder. These structures, stable up to 450 K, can be extended in a 2D layer covering the entire surface and presenting different rotation domains. STM images at both polarities show a contrast reversal between the two molecules at the unit cell. By means of density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we confirm the stability of these structures and that their molecular orbitals are placed separately at the different molecules.

  10. Interfacial and intermolecular interactions determining the rotational orientation of C60 adsorbed on Au(111)

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    Paßens, Michael; Karthäuser, Silvia

    2015-12-01

    Close-packed monolayers of fullerenes on metallic substrates are very rich systems with respect to their rotational degrees of freedom and possible interactions with different adsorption sites or next neighbours. In this connection, we report in detail on the (2√3 × 2√3)R30°-superstructure of C60 with respect to the Au(111)-surface. We use molecular orbital imaging in systematic UHV-STM studies to reveal the delicate balance of interfacial and intermolecular interactions in this system. Thus, bright C60-molecules in 5:6-top and 6:6-top geometries are observed depending on the respective next neighbours. Moreover, tiny changes in the appearance of the unoccupied molecular orbitals of dim C60-molecules in hex-vac positions are identified which are caused by the respective interaction with the facets surrounding the Au-vacancy.

  11. THERMODYNAMIC PROPERTIES OF THE METALLIC SYSTEM Au(111)-(3×3)R30∘-Pd

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    Chadli, R.; Kheffache, S.; Khater, A.

    2016-02-01

    This work constitutes an analysis of the thermodynamic properties in the ordered metallic surface alloy system Au(111)-(3×3)R30∘-Pd. The equilibrium structural characteristics as well as the thermodynamic functions are examined by the matching method, associated with real space Green’s function formalism, evaluated in the harmonic approximation. Our numerical results, for this metallic system of surface alloy, show in particular a significant dependence between the thermodynamic properties and the coordination number and the values of the force constants.

  12. True nature of an archetypal self-assembly system: mobile Au-thiolate species on Au(111).

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    Yu, Miao; Bovet, N; Satterley, Christopher J; Bengió, S; Lovelock, Kevin R J; Milligan, P K; Jones, Robert G; Woodruff, D P; Dhanak, V

    2006-10-20

    Alkanethiol self-assembled monolayer (SAM) phases on Au(111) have been assumed to involve direct S head group bonding to the substrate. Using x-ray standing wave experiments, we show the thiolate actually bonds to gold adatoms; self-organization in these archetypal SAM systems must therefore be governed by the movement of these Au-S-R moieties on the surface between two distinct local hollow sites on the surface. The results of recent ab initio total energy calculations provide strong support for this description, and a rationale for the implied significant molecular mobility in these systems.

  13. True Nature of an Archetypal Self-Assembly System: Mobile Au-Thiolate Species on Au(111)

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    Yu, Miao; Bovet, N.; Satterley, Christopher J.; Bengió, S.; Lovelock, Kevin R. J.; Milligan, P. K.; Jones, Robert G.; Woodruff, D. P.; Dhanak, V.

    2006-10-01

    Alkanethiol self-assembled monolayer (SAM) phases on Au(111) have been assumed to involve direct S head group bonding to the substrate. Using x-ray standing wave experiments, we show the thiolate actually bonds to gold adatoms; self-organization in these archetypal SAM systems must therefore be governed by the movement of these Au-S-R moieties on the surface between two distinct local hollow sites on the surface. The results of recent ab initio total energy calculations provide strong support for this description, and a rationale for the implied significant molecular mobility in these systems.

  14. Characterization of one-dimensional molecular chains of 4,4'-biphenyl diisocyanide on Au(111) by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Zhou, Jing; Li, Yan; Zahl, Percy; Sutter, Peter; Stacchiola, Dario J.; White, Michael G.

    2015-03-14

    The morphology and electronic structure of vapor deposited 4,4'-biphenyldiisocyanide (BPDI) on a Au(111) surface were investigated using variable-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). When deposited at room temperature, BPDI molecules form one-dimensional molecular chains similar to that recently observed for the structurally related 1,4-phenyl diisocyanide (PDI). Compared to PDI, the longer periodicity for the BPDI molecular chains is consistent with the addition of a second phenyl ring and supports a structural model in which the BPDI molecules lie parallel to the surface and interconnected by Au-adatoms. The molecular chains are mostly aligned along the [110] direction of the Au(111) substrate, but exhibit frequent changes in angle that are consistent with directions between fcc and hcp three-fold hollow sites. Dispersion-corrected density functional theory calculations for one-dimensional chains of BPDI molecules bound end-to-end via their isocyanide groups to Au-adatoms reproduce the observed periodicity of the chains and show that this morphology is energetically favored over upright binding with one free –NC group. The spatially resolved conductance (dI/dV) map for BPDI on Au(111) exhibits a feature centered at -0.67 eV below the Fermi level which are delocalized along the chain with maxima at the Au-adatom and biphenyl positions. This occupied resonant feature is close to that previously observed for the PDI in both photoemission and conductance measurements and is attributed to an occupied interfacial state resulting from BPDI-Au interactions

  15. Characterization of one-dimensional molecular chains of 4,4'-biphenyl diisocyanide on Au(111) by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Zhou, Jing; Li, Yan; Zahl, Percy; ...

    2015-03-14

    The morphology and electronic structure of vapor deposited 4,4'-biphenyldiisocyanide (BPDI) on a Au(111) surface were investigated using variable-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). When deposited at room temperature, BPDI molecules form one-dimensional molecular chains similar to that recently observed for the structurally related 1,4-phenyl diisocyanide (PDI). Compared to PDI, the longer periodicity for the BPDI molecular chains is consistent with the addition of a second phenyl ring and supports a structural model in which the BPDI molecules lie parallel to the surface and interconnected by Au-adatoms. The molecular chains are mostly aligned along the [110] direction of the Au(111) substrate, butmore » exhibit frequent changes in angle that are consistent with directions between fcc and hcp three-fold hollow sites. Dispersion-corrected density functional theory calculations for one-dimensional chains of BPDI molecules bound end-to-end via their isocyanide groups to Au-adatoms reproduce the observed periodicity of the chains and show that this morphology is energetically favored over upright binding with one free –NC group. The spatially resolved conductance (dI/dV) map for BPDI on Au(111) exhibits a feature centered at -0.67 eV below the Fermi level which are delocalized along the chain with maxima at the Au-adatom and biphenyl positions. This occupied resonant feature is close to that previously observed for the PDI in both photoemission and conductance measurements and is attributed to an occupied interfacial state resulting from BPDI-Au interactions« less

  16. Narrow Au(111) terraces decorated by self-organized Co nanowires: a low-temperature STM/STS investigation.

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    Schouteden, K; Van Haesendonck, C

    2010-06-30

    Deposition of Co atoms on Au(111) surfaces leads to the formation of self-organized bilayer Co nanowires at the step edges between adjacent narrow Au(111) terraces. Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy at low temperatures is used to probe the influence of the finite dimensions on the local density of states for both the Co wires and the narrow Au terraces. Confinement of Au surface state electrons to narrow Au terraces causes a shift of the Au surface state onset energy to higher energies. For the Co nanowires discrete energy levels are observed. Moreover, standing wave patterns occur at the surface of both the Au and the Co. The patterns increase in complexity with increasing energy. All Co nanowires formed at the edges of narrow Au terraces reveal a characteristic maximum in the local density of states at a significantly different energy when compared to the Co islands that are formed on large Au terraces. The experimental results can be interpreted in terms of a simple particle-in-a-box model.

  17. UHV deposition and characterization of a mononuclear iron(III) β-diketonate complex on Au(111)

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    Cimatti, Irene; Ninova, Silviya; Lanzilotto, Valeria; Malavolti, Luigi; Rigamonti, Luca; Cortigiani, Brunetto; Mannini, Matteo; Magnano, Elena; Bondino, Federica; Totti, Federico; Cornia, Andrea

    2014-01-01

    Summary The adsorption of the sterically hindered β-diketonate complex Fe(dpm)3, where Hdpm = dipivaloylmethane, on Au(111) was investigated by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM). The high volatility of the molecule limited the growth of the film to a few monolayers. While UPS evidenced the presence of the β-diketonate ligands on the surface, the integrity of the molecule on the surface could not be assessed. The low temperature STM images were more informative and at submonolayer coverage they showed the presence of regular domains characterized by a flat morphology and height of ≈0.3 nm. Along with these domains, tetra-lobed features adsorbed on the kinks of the herringbone were also observed. DFT-simulated images of the pristine molecule and its possible decomposition products allowed to assess the partial fragmentation of Fe(dpm)3 upon adsorption on the Au(111) surface. Structural features with intact molecules were only observed for the saturation coverage. An ex situ prepared thick film of the complex was also investigated by X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and features typical of high-spin iron(III) in octahedral environment were observed. PMID:25551042

  18. Tuning electronic properties of novel metal oxide nanocrystals using interface interactions: MoO3 monolayers on Au(111)

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    Quek, S; Biener, M M; Biener, J; Friend, C M; Kaxiras, E

    2004-04-20

    Metal oxide nanocrystals deposited on metal surfaces have novel electronic properties due to interface and nanoscale effects. Crystals and nanoscale ribbons of MoO{sub 3} are highly effective catalysts and field emitters. This renders MoO{sub 3} an interesting prototype. Whilst MoO{sub 3} exists as bilayers in the bulk crystal5, in this work, monolayer MoO{sub 3} nanocrystals were grown epitaxially on Au(111). Ab initio calculations reveal that Au stabilizes the MoO{sub 3} monolayer through electronic charge redistribution at the interface. The Mo-O bonds are able to rotate about one another, allowing the MoO{sub 3} monolayer to adjust to the Au lattice. As a result, the monolayer is semimetallic, unlike bulk MoO{sub 3} which is semiconducting. This remarkable flexibility of the oxide lattice suggests the possibility of tuning electronic properties of transition metal oxides via interface interactions. The overall surface pattern obtained is affected by an interplay between the Au(111) surface reconstruction and the edges of the deposited MoO{sub 3} islands.

  19. Vibrational energy transfer near a dissociative adsorption transition state: State-to-state study of HCl collisions at Au(111)

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    Geweke, Jan; Shirhatti, Pranav R.; Rahinov, Igor; Bartels, Christof; Wodtke, Alec M.

    2016-08-01

    In this work we seek to examine the nature of collisional energy transfer between HCl and Au(111) for nonreactive scattering events that sample geometries near the transition state for dissociative adsorption by varying both the vibrational and translational energy of the incident HCl molecules in the range near the dissociation barrier. Specifically, we report absolute vibrational excitation probabilities for HCl(v = 0 → 1) and HCl(v = 1 → 2) scattering from clean Au(111) as a function of surface temperature and incidence translational energy. The HCl(v = 2 → 3) channel could not be observed—presumably due to the onset of dissociation. The excitation probabilities can be decomposed into adiabatic and nonadiabatic contributions. We find that both contributions strongly increase with incidence vibrational state by a factor of 24 and 9, respectively. This suggests that V-T as well as V-EHP coupling can be enhanced near the transition state for dissociative adsorption at a metal surface. We also show that previously reported HCl(v = 0 → 1) excitation probabilities [Q. Ran et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 237601 (2007)]—50 times smaller than those reported here—were influenced by erroneous assignment of spectroscopic lines used in the data analysis.

  20. Vibrational energy transfer near a dissociative adsorption transition state: State-to-state study of HCl collisions at Au(111).

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    Geweke, Jan; Shirhatti, Pranav R; Rahinov, Igor; Bartels, Christof; Wodtke, Alec M

    2016-08-07

    In this work we seek to examine the nature of collisional energy transfer between HCl and Au(111) for nonreactive scattering events that sample geometries near the transition state for dissociative adsorption by varying both the vibrational and translational energy of the incident HCl molecules in the range near the dissociation barrier. Specifically, we report absolute vibrational excitation probabilities for HCl(v = 0 → 1) and HCl(v = 1 → 2) scattering from clean Au(111) as a function of surface temperature and incidence translational energy. The HCl(v = 2 → 3) channel could not be observed-presumably due to the onset of dissociation. The excitation probabilities can be decomposed into adiabatic and nonadiabatic contributions. We find that both contributions strongly increase with incidence vibrational state by a factor of 24 and 9, respectively. This suggests that V-T as well as V-EHP coupling can be enhanced near the transition state for dissociative adsorption at a metal surface. We also show that previously reported HCl(v = 0 → 1) excitation probabilities [Q. Ran et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 237601 (2007)]-50 times smaller than those reported here-were influenced by erroneous assignment of spectroscopic lines used in the data analysis.

  1. Growth and interfacial structure of methylammonium lead iodide thin films on Au(111)

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    She, Limin; Liu, Meizhuang; Li, Xiaoli; Cai, Zeying; Zhong, Dingyong

    2017-02-01

    Due to the promising optoelectronic properties, organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites have been intensively studied as the active layers in perovskite solar cells. However, the structural information about their interface, one of the key factors determining device performances, is so far very rare. Herein, we report on the growth of CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3, MA=CH3NH3) thin films by means of vapor deposition under ultrahigh vacuum. The surface morphology and interfacial structure have been investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy. At the initial growth stage, a complicated transient phase consisting of three atomic layers, i.e., iodine, MA-PbI4 and MA-I, was formed on the Au(111) substrate. With the coverage increasing, atomically smooth MAPbI3 films with orthorhombic structure have been obtained after annealing to 373 K. The films followed a self-organized twofold-layer by twofold-layer growth mode with the formation of complete PbI6 octahedrons and the exposure of MA-I terminated (001) surface.

  2. Initial stages of Cu3Au(111) oxidation: oxygen induced Cu segregation and the protective Au layer profile.

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    Tsuda, Yasutaka; Oka, Kohei; Makino, Takamasa; Okada, Michio; Diño, Wilson Agerico; Hashinokuchi, M; Yoshigoe, Akitaka; Teraoka, Yuden; Kasai, Hideaki

    2014-02-28

    We report results of our experimental and theoretical studies on the Au concentration profile of Cu3Au(111) during oxidation by a hyperthermal O2 molecular beam at room temperature, using X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), in conjunction with synchrotron radiation (SR), and density functional theory (DFT). Before O2 exposure, we observe strong Au segregation to the top layer, i.e., Au surface enrichment of the clean surface. We also observe a gradual Cu surface enrichment, and Au enrichment of the second and third (subsurface) layers, with increasing O coverage. Complete Cu segregation to the surface occurs at 0.5 ML O surface coverage. The Au-rich second and third layers of the oxidized surface demonstrate the protective layer formation against oxidation deeper into the bulk.

  3. Structural Changes in Self-Catalyzed Adsorption of Carbon Monoxide on 1,4-Phenylene Diisocyanide Modified Au(111)

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    Kestell, John; Boscoboinik, J. Anibal; Cheng, Lanxia; ...

    2015-07-23

    The self-accelerated adsorption of CO on 1,4-phenylene diisocyanide (PDI)-derived oligomers on Au(111) is explored by reflection–absorption infrared spectroscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy. PDI incorporates gold adatoms from the Au(111) surface to form one-dimensional —(Au–PDI)n— chains that can also connect between gold nanoparticles on mica to form a conductive pathway between them. CO adsorption occurs in two stages; it first adsorbs adjacent to the oligomers that move to optimize CO adsorption. Further CO exposure induces PDI decoordination to form Au–PDI adatom complexes thereby causing the conductivity of a PDI-linked gold nanoparticle array on mica to decrease to act as a chemicallymore » drive molecular switch. This simple system enables the adsorption process to be explored in detail. DFT calculations reveal that both the —(Au–PDI)n— oligomer chain and the Au–PDI adatom complex are stabilized by coadsorbed CO. A kinetic “foot-in-the-door” model is proposed in which fluctuations in PDI coordination allow CO to diffuse into the gap between gold adatoms to prevent the PDI from reattaching, thereby allowing additional CO to adsorb, to provide kinetic model for allosteric CO adsorption on PDI-covered gold.« less

  4. Structural Changes in Self-Catalyzed Adsorption of Carbon Monoxide on 1,4-Phenylene Diisocyanide Modified Au(111)

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    Kestell, John; Boscoboinik, J. Anibal; Cheng, Lanxia; Garvey, Michael; Bennett, Dennis W.; Tysoe, Wilfred T.

    2015-07-23

    The self-accelerated adsorption of CO on 1,4-phenylene diisocyanide (PDI)-derived oligomers on Au(111) is explored by reflection–absorption infrared spectroscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy. PDI incorporates gold adatoms from the Au(111) surface to form one-dimensional —(Au–PDI)n— chains that can also connect between gold nanoparticles on mica to form a conductive pathway between them. CO adsorption occurs in two stages; it first adsorbs adjacent to the oligomers that move to optimize CO adsorption. Further CO exposure induces PDI decoordination to form Au–PDI adatom complexes thereby causing the conductivity of a PDI-linked gold nanoparticle array on mica to decrease to act as a chemically drive molecular switch. This simple system enables the adsorption process to be explored in detail. DFT calculations reveal that both the —(Au–PDI)n— oligomer chain and the Au–PDI adatom complex are stabilized by coadsorbed CO. A kinetic “foot-in-the-door” model is proposed in which fluctuations in PDI coordination allow CO to diffuse into the gap between gold adatoms to prevent the PDI from reattaching, thereby allowing additional CO to adsorb, to provide kinetic model for allosteric CO adsorption on PDI-covered gold.

  5. Functional nicotinic acetylcholine receptor reconstitution in Au(111)-supported thiolipid monolayers

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    Pissinis, Diego E.; Diaz, Carolina; Maza, Eliana; Bonini, Ida C.; Barrantes, Francisco J.; Salvarezza, Roberto C.; Schilardi, Patricia L.

    2015-09-01

    The insertion and function of the muscle-type nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) in Au(111)-supported thiolipid self-assembled monolayers have been studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM), surface plasmon resonance (SPR), and electrochemical techniques. It was possible for the first time to resolve the supramolecular arrangement of the protein spontaneously inserted in a thiolipid monolayer in an aqueous solution. Geometric supramolecular arrays of nAChRs were observed, most commonly in a triangular form compatible with three nAChR dimers of ~20 nm each. Addition of the full agonist carbamoylcholine activated and opened the nAChR ion channel, as revealed by the increase in capacitance relative to that of the nAChR-thiolipid system under basal conditions. Thus, the self-assembled system appears to be a viable biomimetic model to measure ionic conductance mediated by ion-gated ion channels under different experimental conditions, with potential applications in biotechnology and pharmacology.

  6. Controlling the stereochemistry and regularity of butanethiol self-assembled monolayers on au(111).

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    Yan, Jiawei; Ouyang, Runhai; Jensen, Palle S; Ascic, Erhad; Tanner, David; Mao, Bingwei; Zhang, Jingdong; Tang, Chunguang; Hush, Noel S; Ulstrup, Jens; Reimers, Jeffrey R

    2014-12-10

    The rich stereochemistry of the self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of four butanethiols on Au(111) is described, the SAMs containing up to 12 individual C, S, or Au chiral centers per surface unit cell. This is facilitated by synthesis of enantiomerically pure 2-butanethiol (the smallest unsubstituted chiral alkanethiol), followed by in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) imaging combined with density functional theory molecular dynamics STM image simulations. Even though butanethiol SAMs manifest strong headgroup interactions, steric interactions are shown to dominate SAM structure and chirality. Indeed, steric interactions are shown to dictate the nature of the headgroup itself, whether it takes on the adatom-bound motif RS(•)Au(0)S(•)R or involves direct binding of RS(•) to face-centered-cubic or hexagonal-close-packed sites. Binding as RS(•) produces large, organizationally chiral domains even when R is achiral, while adatom binding leads to rectangular plane groups that suppress long-range expression of chirality. Binding as RS(•) also inhibits the pitting intrinsically associated with adatom binding, desirably producing more regularly structured SAMs.

  7. Adsorption and oligomerization of 1,3-phenylene diisocyanide on Au(111)

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    Kestell, John; Walker, Joshua; Bai, Yun; ...

    2016-04-18

    The adsorption and self-assembly of 1,3-phenylene diisocyanide (1,3-PDI) are studied on Au(111) using reflection–adsorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) supplemented by density functional theory (DFT) calculations and the results compared with the structures formed from 1,4-PDI where it assembled to form –(Au–PDI)– oligomer chains that incorporate gold adatoms. The infrared spectra display a single isocyanide feature consistent with the isocyanide binding to gold adatoms, while DFT calculations confirm that isocyanide binding to gold adatoms is more energetically favorable than binding to the surface. STM images show that 1,3-PDI forms zigzag chains containing hairpin bendsmore » that cause the chains to double back on each other, consistent with the 120° angle between the isocyanide groups. Hexagonal structural motifs are also observed that are proposed to be due to the self-assembly of three isocyanides as well as small structures that are assigned to 1,3-PDI dimers. Furthermore, the results suggest that the formation of gold-containing oligomers from isocyanide-containing molecules is a general phenomenon.« less

  8. Adsorption and oligomerization of 1,3-phenylene diisocyanide on Au(111)

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    Kestell, John; Walker, Joshua; Bai, Yun; Boscoboinik, J. Anibal; Garvey, Michael; Tysoe, Wilfred T.

    2016-04-18

    The adsorption and self-assembly of 1,3-phenylene diisocyanide (1,3-PDI) are studied on Au(111) using reflection–adsorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) supplemented by density functional theory (DFT) calculations and the results compared with the structures formed from 1,4-PDI where it assembled to form –(Au–PDI)– oligomer chains that incorporate gold adatoms. The infrared spectra display a single isocyanide feature consistent with the isocyanide binding to gold adatoms, while DFT calculations confirm that isocyanide binding to gold adatoms is more energetically favorable than binding to the surface. STM images show that 1,3-PDI forms zigzag chains containing hairpin bends that cause the chains to double back on each other, consistent with the 120° angle between the isocyanide groups. Hexagonal structural motifs are also observed that are proposed to be due to the self-assembly of three isocyanides as well as small structures that are assigned to 1,3-PDI dimers. Furthermore, the results suggest that the formation of gold-containing oligomers from isocyanide-containing molecules is a general phenomenon.

  9. An STM study on nonionic fluorosurfactant zonyl FSN self-assembly on Au(111): large domains, few defects, and good stability.

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    Tang, Yongan; Yan, Jiawei; Zhou, Xiaoshun; Fu, Yongchun; Mao, Bingwei

    2008-12-02

    Nonionic Fluorosurfactant Zonyl FSN self-assembly on Au(111) is investigated with scanning tunneling microscopy under ambient conditions. STM reveals that the FSN forms SAMs on Au(l11) with very large domain size and almost no defects. A (mean square root of 3 x mean square root of 3)R3 degree arrangement of the FSN SAM on Au(111) is observed. The SAMs show excellent chemical stability and last for at least a month in atmospheric conditions. The structure and stability of the FSN SAMs are compared with those of alkanethiols SAMs. It is expected that FSN may serve as a new kind of molecule to form SAMs for surface modification, which would benefit wider applications for various purposes.

  10. Molecular alligator clips: a theoretical study of adsorption of S, Se and S H on Au(111)

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    Mankefors, S.; Grigoriev, A.; Wendin, G.

    2003-08-01

    For the binding of thiols to Au, the Au-S interaction is decisive for the geometry, bonding strength and transmissivity of the metal-molecule interface. Using ab initio methods we investigate the adsorption of sulfur (S) on the Au(111) surface for different coverages between 0.25 and 1.0 monolayers (ML). Corresponding geometries with adsorbed Se are included to establish possible differences between S- and Se-based metal-molecule interfaces. We furthermore investigate hydrogenation of sulfur-covered Au(111) surfaces to establish the energetics and resulting geometry of adsorption of S-H groups on clean Au(111), using it as a simple model system. For the relatively low coverage of 0.25 ML the S and Se atoms are found to prefer the in-hollow sites, with Se displaying a substantially stronger bond. Increasing the coverage leads to depletion of available free charge in the gold surface, which weakens the bonds to the S (Se). Due to the more extensive hybridization, Se is more insensitive to the exact geometry, and the stacking fault position only costs 0.04 eV. At even higher coverage (0.75 ML) the adsorbed atoms hybridize internally and form triatomic molecules situated on top of the Au surface atoms. In S (Se) rich environments this turns out to be the most stable configuration investigated, while in S (Se) poor conditions the surface will adsorb all available S (Se). Forcing the system to adsorb atoms beyond this coverage increases the total energy. For all physically realizable coverages the Au-Se bond is found to be geq0.25 eV stronger than the corresponding Au-S bond. The Se bond also displays a higher degree of metallicity and should be expected to make a better head group for thiols, for example; this is relevant for both bonding and conductivity. Turning to the hydrogenated S systems we find that surfaces with a high coverage of S only weakly bind H at low partial hydrogenation, while H adsorption in systems with medium and low S concentrations is found to be

  11. The Role of a Double Molecular Anchor on the Mobility and Self-Assembly of Thiols on Au(111): The Case of Mercaptobenzoic Acid.

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    Rodríguez González, Miriam C; Carro, Pilar; Pensa, Evangelina; Vericat, Carolina; Salvarezza, Roberto; Hernández Creus, Alberto

    2017-01-09

    The dynamics of the self-assembly process of thiol molecules on Au(111) is affected by the interplay between molecule-substrate and molecule-molecule interactions. Therefore, it is interesting to explore the effect of a second anchor to the gold surface, in addition to the S atom, on both the order and the feasibility of phase transitions in self-assembled monolayers. To assess the role of an additional O anchor, we have compared the adsorption of two mercaptobenzoic acid isomers, 2-mercaptobenzoic acid (2-MBA) and 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA), on Au(111). Results from scanning tunneling microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, electrochemical techniques, and density functional theory calculations show that the additional O anchor in 2-MBA hinders surface mobility, reducing domain size and impeding the molecular reorganization involved in phase transition to denser phases on the Au(111) substrates. This knowledge can help to predict the range order and molecular density of the thiol SAM depending on the chemical structure of the adsorbate.

  12. The Role of Tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine Reducing Agent in the Controlled Formation of α,ω-Alkanedithiols Monolayers on Au(111) with Monocoordinated and Bicoordinated Configurations.

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    Euti, Esteban M; Vélez-Romero, Patricio; Leiva, Ezequiel P M; Macagno, Vicente A; Paredes-Olivera, Patricia A; Patrito, E Martín; Cometto, Fernando P

    2016-09-20

    The addition of the reducing agent tris(2-carboxyethyl) phosphine (TCEP) during the formation of α,ω-alkanedithiols monolayers on Au(111) using the immersion method produces the assembly of monolayers with bicoordinated molecules (both S-terminal groups bound to the surface) that have a reductive desorption potential that is more positive than for monolayers with monocoordinated molecules in a standing up configuration. We show that the use of TCEP either during formation of the monolayer or as a post treatment procedure allows the controlled formation of monolayers with bicoordinated or monocoordinated configurations. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed to elucidate the role of TCEP in the formation of the bicoordinated configuration. We investigated the TCEP-dithiol interaction in ethanol solvent as well as the coadsorption of trimethylphosphine with 1,2-ethanedithiol on Au(111). The Brønsted base character of the phosphine facilitates the H exchange from the -SH groups of the dithiol to the phosphorus atom of TCEP with very low activation energy barriers, thus allowing the thiolate groups to bind to the Au(111) surface, thus yielding the bicoordinated configuration. Dithiol lifting mechanisms such as H exchange between S atoms and the formation of intra/inter layer disulfide bonds have much higher energy barriers.

  13. Adsorption phenomena of cubane-type tetranuclear Ni(II) complexes with neutral, thioether-functionalized ligands on Au(111)

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    Heß, Volkmar; Matthes, Frank; Bürgler, Daniel E.; Monakhov, Kirill Yu.; Besson, Claire; Kögerler, Paul; Ghisolfi, Alessio; Braunstein, Pierre; Schneider, Claus M.

    2015-11-01

    The controlled and intact deposition of molecules with specific properties onto surfaces is an emergent field impacting a wide range of applications including catalysis, molecular electronics, and quantum information processing. One strategy is to introduce grafting groups functionalized to anchor to a specific surface. While thiols and disulfides have proven to be quite effective in combination with gold surfaces, other S-containing groups have received much less attention. Here, we investigate the surface anchoring and organizing capabilities of novel charge-neutral heterocyclic thioether groups as ligands of polynuclear nickel(II) complexes. We report on the deposition of a cubane-type {Ni4} (= [Ni(μ3-Cl)Cl(HL·S)]4) single-molecule magnet from dichloromethane solution on a Au(111) surface, investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and low-energy electron diffraction, both immediately after deposition and after subsequent post-annealing. The results provide strong evidence for partial decomposition of the coordination complex upon deposition on the Au(111) surface that, however, leaves the magnetic {Ni4Cl4n} (n = 1 or 2) core intact. Only post-annealing above 480 K induces further decomposition and fragmentation of the {Ni4Cl4n} core. The detailed insight into the chemisorption-induced decomposition pathway not only provides guidelines for the deposition of thioether-functionalized Ni(II) complexes on metallic surfaces but also reveals opportunities to use multidentate organic ligands decorated with thioether groups as transporters for highly unstable inorganic structures onto conducting surfaces, where they are stabilized retaining appealing electronic and magnetic properties.

  14. Cyclic voltammetry and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy at the Ag L3-edge on electrochemical halogenation of Ag layers on Au(111)

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    Endo, Osamu; Nakamura, Masashi

    2011-05-01

    One to three layers of Ag grown on a Au(111) electrode were studied by cyclic voltammetry in chloride and bromide solutions and by ex-situ near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy at the Ag L3-edge (Ag L3-NEXAFS). The one and two layers obtained by underpotential deposition exhibited reduced intensity at the absorption edge in the Ag L3-NEXAFS spectra, which suggests the gain of d-electrons in these layers. The cyclic voltammograms and the Ag L3-NEXAFS spectra indicate that the second and third layers of Ag halogenated at positive potentials, whereas the first layer remained in metallic form.

  15. Hydrogen-bonded clusters of 1, 1'-ferrocenedicarboxylic acid on Au(111) are initially formed in solution.

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    Quardokus, Rebecca C; Wasio, Natalie A; Brown, Ryan D; Christie, John A; Henderson, Kenneth W; Forrest, Ryan P; Lent, Craig S; Corcelli, Steven A; Kandel, S Alex

    2015-03-14

    Low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy is used to observe self-assembled structures of ferrocenedicarboxylic acid (Fc(COOH)2) on the Au(111) surface. The surface is prepared by pulse-deposition of Fc(COOH)2 dissolved in methanol, and the solvent is evaporated before imaging. While the rows of hydrogen-bonded dimers that are common for carboxylic acid species are observed, the majority of adsorbed Fc(COOH)2 is instead found in six-molecule clusters with a well-defined and chiral geometry. The coverage and distribution of these clusters are consistent with a random sequential adsorption model, showing that solution-phase species are determinative of adsorbate distribution for this system under these reaction conditions.

  16. Effect of solvent evaporation temperature on the structure of two-dimensional melamine networks on Au(111)

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    Okada, Arifumi; Nakata, Yohei; Minou, Kosuke; Yoshimura, Masamichi; Kadono, Kohei

    2016-12-01

    By scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), we investigated two-dimensional (2D) structures of melamine formed on Au(111) surfaces by solvent evaporation. By increasing the evaporation temperature, the well-known ordered honeycomb 2D molecular phase, in which all molecules are linked by hydrogen bonding, changes to four coexisting phases, i.e., a 2D network consisting of linear segments, 1D molecular rows, and hexagonal and distorted hexagonal structures. The first two phases are sometimes observed in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) on metallic substrates other than Au. The last two phases have lattice parameters close to those of the well-known honeycomb structure. The structural change observed in this study is attributed to local temperature and concentration distributions of the solution and substrate surface during solvent evaporation. From the results, we found that the molecular nanostructures can be tailored by the solvent evaporation method with small changes in temperature.

  17. Construction of single-crystalline supramolecular networks of perchlorinated hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene on Au(111).

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    Zhang, Yi; Zhang, Yanfang; Li, Geng; Lu, Jianchen; Lin, Xiao; Tan, Yuanzhi; Feng, Xinliang; Du, Shixuan; Müllen, Klaus; Gao, Hong-Jun

    2015-03-14

    The self-assembly of the perchlorinated hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene (PCHBC) molecules on Au(111) has been studied by a low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) combining with density functional theory based first principle calculations. Highly ordered supramolecular networks with single domains limited by the terraces are formed on Au(111) substrate. High resolution images of the PCHBC molecules, confirmed by first principle simulations, are obtained. It reveals the close-packed arrangement of the PCHBC molecules on Au(111). The calculated charge distribution of PCHBC molecules shows the existence of attractive halogen-halogen interaction between neighboring molecules. Compared with the disordered adsorption of hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene on Au(111), we conclude that the formation of attractive Cl∙∙∙Cl interactions between neighbors is the key factor to form the highly ordered, close-packed networks. Due to the steric hindrance resulted from the peripheral chlorine atoms, the PCHBC molecule is contorted and forms the doubly concave conformation, which is different from the hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene with a planar structure. By using this supramolecular network as a template, we deposited C60 molecules on it at room temperature with low coverage. The STM images taken at low temperature show that the C60 molecules are mono-dispersed on the networks and adsorb on top of the PCHBC molecules, forming a typical concave-convex host-guest system.

  18. Construction of single-crystalline supramolecular networks of perchlorinated hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene on Au(111)

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    Zhang, Yi; Zhang, Yanfang; Li, Geng; Lu, Jianchen; Du, Shixuan E-mail: hjgao@iphy.ac.cn; Gao, Hong-Jun E-mail: hjgao@iphy.ac.cn; Lin, Xiao; Tan, Yuanzhi; Feng, Xinliang; Müllen, Klaus

    2015-03-14

    The self-assembly of the perchlorinated hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene (PCHBC) molecules on Au(111) has been studied by a low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) combining with density functional theory based first principle calculations. Highly ordered supramolecular networks with single domains limited by the terraces are formed on Au(111) substrate. High resolution images of the PCHBC molecules, confirmed by first principle simulations, are obtained. It reveals the close-packed arrangement of the PCHBC molecules on Au(111). The calculated charge distribution of PCHBC molecules shows the existence of attractive halogen–halogen interaction between neighboring molecules. Compared with the disordered adsorption of hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene on Au(111), we conclude that the formation of attractive ClCl interactions between neighbors is the key factor to form the highly ordered, close-packed networks. Due to the steric hindrance resulted from the peripheral chlorine atoms, the PCHBC molecule is contorted and forms the doubly concave conformation, which is different from the hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene with a planar structure. By using this supramolecular network as a template, we deposited C{sub 60} molecules on it at room temperature with low coverage. The STM images taken at low temperature show that the C{sub 60} molecules are mono-dispersed on the networks and adsorb on top of the PCHBC molecules, forming a typical concave-convex host-guest system.

  19. Strongly enhanced Raman scattering of Cu-phthalocyanine sandwiched between graphene and Au(111).

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    Lin, Wan-Ing; Gholami, Mohammad Fardin; Beyer, Paul; Severin, Nikolai; Shao, Feng; Zenobi, Renato; Rabe, Jürgen P

    2017-01-05

    Graphene and flat gold have both been argued to enhance Raman scattering of molecular adsorbates through a chemical mechanism. Here we show that these two effects can add to each other. For Cu-phthalocyanine in between graphene and Au(111) on mica a Raman enhancement up to 68-fold has been observed.

  20. Double layer effects in electrocatalysis: the oxygen reduction reaction and ethanol oxidation reaction on Au(111), Pt(111) and Ir(111) in alkaline media containing Na and Li cations.

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    Lopes, Pietro P.; Strmcnik, Dusan; Jirkovsky, Jakub S.; Connell, Justin G.; Stamenkovic, Vojislav; Markovic, Nenad

    2016-03-15

    Oxygen reduction and ethanol oxidation reactions were studied on Au(111), Pt(111) and Ir(111) in alkaline solutions containing sodium and/or lithium cations. By keeping the same (111) surface orientation and exploring oxophilicity trends and non-covalent interactions between OHad and alkali metal cations (AMCn+), we were able to gain deep insights into the multiple roles that OHad plays in these important electrocatalytic reactions. Cyclic voltammetry experiments revealed that OHad formation initiates at distinct electrode potentials, governed by the oxophilicity of the specific metal surface, with further OHad adlayer stabilization by non-covalent alkali-cation interactions and affecting the formation of a “true oxide” layer at higher electrode potentials. Although OHad is a simple spectator for the ORR, it promotes the ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR) at lower potentials and act as spectator at high OHad coverages. By changing the alkali metal cation at the interface (Li+) on more oxophilic surfaces, it was possible to promote the EOR even more, relative to Na+, without changing the product distribution for the reaction. This cation effect suggests that OHad---Li+(H2O)x clusters can stabilize the ethoxide adlayer, thus improving the EOR activity. Our results indicate the importance of the entire electrochemical interface in determining the electrocatalytic activity during reaction.

  1. In-situ formation and detailed analysis of imine bonds for the construction of conjugated aromatic monolayers on Au(111)

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    Luo, Y.; Piantek, M.; Miguel, J.; Bernien, M.; Kuch, W.; Haag, R.

    2008-08-01

    We present the synthesis of 4'-amino-4-mercaptobiphenyl (AMB) and its deposition from solution onto Au(111) substrates. The resulting organic thin films were characterized by contact angle, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (IRRAS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) measurements. It is demonstrated that the majority of AMB molecules are coupled to the gold surface via S Au covalent bonds, although only little orientational order of the AMB layer could be detected by NEXAFS. Furthermore, aromatic imine bonds between AMB and 4-hydroxybenzaldehyde (HB), 4-carboxybenzaldehyde (CB), 4-methylbenzaldehyde (MB), or 4-(trifluoromethyl) benzaldehyde (TMB) have been successfully formed. As a result of the limited order, this coupling reaction was incomplete. Nevertheless, the experimental results confirmed the formation of conjugated aromatic imine bonds.

  2. Adlayer structure of octa-alkoxy-substituted copper(II) phthalocyanine on Au(111) by electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Wang, Li; Ou-Yang, Liangyue; Yau, Shueh-Lin

    2008-01-01

    Electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (ECSTM) has been used to examine the adlayer of octa-alkoxy-substituted copper(II) phthalocyanines (CuPc(OC(8)H(17))(8)) on Au(111) in 0.1 M HClO(4), where the molecular adlayer was prepared by spontaneous adsorption from a benzene solution containing this molecule. Topography STM scans revealed long-range ordered, interweaved arrays of CuPc(OC(8)H(17))(8) with coexistent rectangular and hexagonal symmetries. High-quality STM molecular resolution yielded the internal molecular structure and the orientation of CuPc(OC(8)H(17))(8) admolecules. These STM results could shed insight into the method of generating ordered molecular assemblies of phthalocyanine molecules with long-chained substitutes on metal surface.

  3. Energy level alignment of self-assembled linear chains of benzenediamine on Au(111) from first principles

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    Li, Guo; Rangel, Tonatiuh; Liu, Zhen -Fei; Cooper, Valentino R.; Neaton, Jeffrey B.

    2016-03-24

    Using density functional theory (DFT) with van der Waals functionals, we calculate the adsorption energetics and geometry of benzenediamine (BDA) molecules on Au(111) surfaces. Our results demonstrate that the reported self-assembled linear chain structure of BDA, stabilized via hydrogen bonds between amine groups, is energetically favored over previously-studied monomeric phases. Moreover, using a model based on many-body perturbation theory within the GW approximation, we obtain approximate self-energy corrections to the DFT highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy associated with BDA adsorbate phases. As a result, we find that, independent of coverage, the HOMO energy of the linear chain phase is lower relative to the Fermi energy than that of the monomer phase, and in good agreement with values measured with ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.

  4. Energy level alignment of self-assembled linear chains of benzenediamine on Au(111) from first principles

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    Li, Guo; Rangel, Tonatiuh; Liu, Zhen -Fei; ...

    2016-03-24

    Using density functional theory (DFT) with van der Waals functionals, we calculate the adsorption energetics and geometry of benzenediamine (BDA) molecules on Au(111) surfaces. Our results demonstrate that the reported self-assembled linear chain structure of BDA, stabilized via hydrogen bonds between amine groups, is energetically favored over previously-studied monomeric phases. Moreover, using a model based on many-body perturbation theory within the GW approximation, we obtain approximate self-energy corrections to the DFT highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy associated with BDA adsorbate phases. As a result, we find that, independent of coverage, the HOMO energy of the linear chain phase ismore » lower relative to the Fermi energy than that of the monomer phase, and in good agreement with values measured with ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy.« less

  5. Surface characterization of platinum electrodes.

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    Solla-Gullón, José; Rodríguez, Paramaconi; Herrero, Enrique; Aldaz, Antonio; Feliu, Juan M

    2008-03-14

    The quantitative analysis of the different surface sites on platinum samples is attempted from pure voltammetric data. This analysis requires independent knowledge of the fraction of two-dimensional (111) and (100) domains. Specific site-probe reactions are employed to achieve this goal. Irreversibly-adsorbed bismuth and tellurium have been revealed to be sensitive to the presence of (111) terrace domains of different width whereas almost all sites involved in (100) ordered domains have been characterized through germanium adatoms. The experimental protocol follows that used with well-defined single-crystal electrodes and, therefore, requires careful control of the surface cleanliness. Platinum basal planes and their vicinal stepped surfaces have been employed to obtain calibration plots between the charge density measured under the adatom redox peak, specific for the type of surface site, and the corresponding terrace size. The evaluation of the (100) bidimensional domains can also be achieved using the voltammetric profiles, once the fraction of (111) ordered domains present in the polyoriented platinum has been determined and their featureless contribution has been subtracted from the whole voltammetric response. Using that curve, it is possible to perform a deconvolution of the adsorption states of the polycrystalline sample different from those related to (111) domains. The fraction of (100)-related states in the deconvoluted voltammogram can then be compared to that expected from the independent estimation coming from the charge involved in the redox process undergone by the irreversibly-adsorbed germanium and thus check the result of the deconvolution. The information about the surface-site distribution can also be applied to analyze the voltammetric profile of nanocrystalline platinum electrodes.

  6. Improvements in the characterization of the crystalline structure of acid-terminated alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers on Au(111).

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    Mendoza, Sandra M; Arfaoui, Imad; Zanarini, Simone; Paolucci, Francesco; Rudolf, Petra

    2007-01-16

    We report a study of acid-terminated self-assembled monolayers of alkanethiols of different length, 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid (11-MUA) and 16-mercaptohexadecanoic acid (16-MHDA), on Au(111). Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and contact angle techniques were used for characterization, and the results were compared with those obtained from n-alkanethiols of similar chain length, providing a detailed description of the two-dimensional crystalline structure. Molecular resolution STM images show that 11-MUA forms a dense-packed monolayer arranged in a (square root 3 x square root 3)R30 degrees structure with a c(2 x 4) superlattice, where the simple hexagonal phase, the c(2 x 4) superlattice, and nonordered areas coexist. 16-MHDA assembles in a uniform monolayer with similar morphology to that of 11-MUA, but molecular resolution could not be reached in STM due to both the hydrophilicity of the acid groups and the poor conductivity of the thick monolayer. Nevertheless, the monolayer thicknesses estimated by XPS and electrochemistry and the highly blocking character of the film observed by electrochemistry as well as the low water contact angle are consistent with 16-MHDA molecules forming a compact monolayer on the Au(111) substrate with fully extended alkyl chains and acid groups pointing away from the surface. The results obtained for 16-MHDA were reproducible under different preparation conditions such as the addition or omission of acetic acid to the ethanolic solution. Contrary to other reports, we demonstrate that ordered acid-terminated self-assembled monolayers are obtained with the same preparation conditions as those of the methyl-terminated ones, without any additional treatment.

  7. Underpotential deposition of Cu on Au(111) in sulfate-containing electrolytes: A theoretical and experimental study

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    Zhang, Jun; Sung, Yung-Eun; Rikvold, Per Arne; Wieckowski, Andrzej

    1996-04-01

    We study the underpotential deposition of Cu on single-crystal Au(111) electrodes in sulfate-containing electrolytes by a combination of computational statistical-mechanics based lattice-gas modeling and experiments. The experimental methods are in situ cyclic voltammetry and coulometry and ex situ Auger electron spectroscopy and low-energy electron diffraction. The experimentally obtained voltammetric current and charge densities and adsorbate coverages are compared with the predictions of a two-component lattice-gas model for the coadsorption of Cu and sulfate. This model includes effective, lateral interactions out to fourth-nearest neighbors. Using group-theoretical ground-state calculations and Monte Carlo simulations, we estimate effective electrovalences and lateral adsorbate-adsorbate interactions so as to obtain overall agreement with experiments, including both our own and those of other groups. In agreement with earlier work, we find a mixed (√3×√3) phase consisting of 2/3 monolayer Cu and 1/3 monolayer sulfate at intermediate electrode potentials, delimited by phase transitions at both higher and lower potentials. Our approach provides estimates of the effective electrovalences and lateral interaction energies, which cannot yet be calculated by first-principles methods.

  8. Surface Science at the Solid Liquid Interface

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1993-10-06

    Monolayers on the Au(111) and Ag(111) Surfaces 13 0760 Eric Stuve Coadsorption of Hydrofluoric Acid with Water and Oxygen on Ag(110): Adlayer Solution...saturated CO adlayers on low-index platinum and rhodium electrodes in aqueous and nonaqueous media. The central role of the surface potential in...controlling the CO adlayer structure is discussed on the basis of in situ IRAS data, especially in comparison with the properties of corresponding metal

  9. Underpotential Deposition of Cu on Au(111): Implications of the HB model

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1994-05-04

    PROJECT ITASK tWORK UNIT Virginia 22217-5000 ELEMENT NO NO. NO, ACCESSION NO 11. TITLE (include Security Classification) UNDERPOTENTIAL DEPOSITION OF...block number) In recent papers a model for the underpotential deposition of Cu on Au(lll) in the presence of bisulfate ions was proposed. In this model... UNDERPOTENTIAL DEPOSITION OF Cu ON Au(111): IMPLICATIONS OF THE HB MODEL by L. Blum* and Dale A. Huckaby’* Prepared for Publication in The Journal of

  10. Nanometer scale mechanical properties of Au(111) thin films

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    Salmeron, M.; Folch, A.; Neubauer, G.

    1992-11-01

    The mechanical properties of gold films of (111) orientation were studied as a function of load when contacted by a single asperity Pt-Rh alloy tip. The interaction forces were measured in the direction perpendicular to the surface. The contribution of various types of forces (van der Waals, capillarity from contaminants, and metallic adhesion) in the process of contact was determined. We investigated the elastic and plastic response of the gold film as a function of applied load by examination of the contact area in subsequent imaging with STM and AFM.

  11. In situ STM investigation of the lithium underpotential deposition on Au(111) in the air- and water-stable ionic liquid 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide.

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    Gasparotto, L H S; Borisenko, N; Bocchi, N; El Abedin, S Zein; Endres, F

    2009-12-21

    In the present paper the underpotential deposition (UPD) of lithium on Au(111) from 0.5 mol L(-1) LiTFSA in the air- and water stable ionic liquid 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide, [Py(1,4)]TFSA, has been investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The pure [Py(1,4)]TFSA was found to be inert in the potential regime investigated. The results show that the lithium UPD on Au(111) in [Py(1,4)]TFSA begins at potentials considerably positive to the electrode potential of bulk deposition and follows a layer-by-layer mechanism with the formation of at least two monolayers. A large number of monoatomically deep pits appear when the potential reaches positive values, which is an indication that a Li-Au alloy was formed.

  12. Ab initio molecular dynamics calculations on scattering of hyperthermal H atoms from Cu(111) and Au(111).

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    Kroes, Geert-Jan; Pavanello, Michele; Blanco-Rey, María; Alducin, Maite; Auerbach, Daniel J

    2014-08-07

    Energy loss from the translational motion of an atom or molecule impinging on a metal surface to the surface may determine whether the incident particle can trap on the surface, and whether it has enough energy left to react with another molecule present at the surface. Although this is relevant to heterogeneous catalysis, the relative extent to which energy loss of hot atoms takes place to phonons or electron-hole pair (ehp) excitation, and its dependence on the system's parameters, remain largely unknown. We address these questions for two systems that present an extreme case of the mass ratio of the incident atom to the surface atom, i.e., H + Cu(111) and H + Au(111), by presenting adiabatic ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) predictions of the energy loss and angular distributions for an incidence energy of 5 eV. The results are compared to the results of AIMDEFp calculations modeling energy loss to ehp excitation using an electronic friction ("EF") model applied to the AIMD trajectories, so that the energy loss to the electrons is calculated "post" ("p") the computation of the AIMD trajectory. The AIMD calculations predict average energy losses of 0.38 eV for Cu(111) and 0.13-0.14 eV for Au(111) for H-atoms that scatter from these surfaces without penetrating the surface. These energies closely correspond with energy losses predicted with Baule models, which is suggestive of structure scattering. The predicted adiabatic integral energy loss spectra (integrated over all final scattering angles) all display a lowest energy peak at an energy corresponding to approximately 80% of the average adiabatic energy loss for non-penetrative scattering. In the adiabatic limit, this suggests a way of determining the approximate average energy loss of non-penetratively scattered H-atoms from the integral energy loss spectrum of all scattered H-atoms. The AIMDEFp calculations predict that in each case the lowest energy loss peak should show additional energy loss in the

  13. Ab initio molecular dynamics calculations on scattering of hyperthermal H atoms from Cu(111) and Au(111)

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    Kroes, Geert-Jan Pavanello, Michele; Blanco-Rey, María; Alducin, Maite

    2014-08-07

    Energy loss from the translational motion of an atom or molecule impinging on a metal surface to the surface may determine whether the incident particle can trap on the surface, and whether it has enough energy left to react with another molecule present at the surface. Although this is relevant to heterogeneous catalysis, the relative extent to which energy loss of hot atoms takes place to phonons or electron-hole pair (ehp) excitation, and its dependence on the system's parameters, remain largely unknown. We address these questions for two systems that present an extreme case of the mass ratio of the incident atom to the surface atom, i.e., H + Cu(111) and H + Au(111), by presenting adiabatic ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) predictions of the energy loss and angular distributions for an incidence energy of 5 eV. The results are compared to the results of AIMDEFp calculations modeling energy loss to ehp excitation using an electronic friction (“EF”) model applied to the AIMD trajectories, so that the energy loss to the electrons is calculated “post” (“p”) the computation of the AIMD trajectory. The AIMD calculations predict average energy losses of 0.38 eV for Cu(111) and 0.13-0.14 eV for Au(111) for H-atoms that scatter from these surfaces without penetrating the surface. These energies closely correspond with energy losses predicted with Baule models, which is suggestive of structure scattering. The predicted adiabatic integral energy loss spectra (integrated over all final scattering angles) all display a lowest energy peak at an energy corresponding to approximately 80% of the average adiabatic energy loss for non-penetrative scattering. In the adiabatic limit, this suggests a way of determining the approximate average energy loss of non-penetratively scattered H-atoms from the integral energy loss spectrum of all scattered H-atoms. The AIMDEFp calculations predict that in each case the lowest energy loss peak should show additional energy loss

  14. Characterization of one-dimensional molecular chains of 4,4′-biphenyl diisocyanide on Au(111) by scanning tunneling microscopy

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    Zhou, Jing; Li, Yan; Zahl, Percy; Sutter, Peter; Stacchiola, Dario J.; White, Michael G.

    2015-03-14

    The morphology and electronic structure of vapor deposited 4,4′-biphenyldiisocyanide (BPDI) on a Au(111) surface were investigated using variable-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy. When deposited at room temperature, BPDI molecules form one-dimensional molecular chains similar to that recently observed for the structurally related 1,4-phenyl diisocyanide (PDI). Compared to PDI, the longer periodicity for the BPDI molecular chains is consistent with the addition of a second phenyl ring and supports a structural model in which the BPDI molecules lie parallel to the surface and interconnected by Au-adatoms. The molecular chains are mostly aligned along the [11{sup -}0] direction of the Au(111) substrate, but exhibit frequent changes in angle that are consistent with directions between fcc and hcp three-fold hollow sites. Dispersion-corrected density functional theory calculations for one-dimensional chains of BPDI molecules bound end-to-end via their isocyanide groups to Au-adatoms reproduce the observed periodicity of the chains and show that this morphology is energetically favored over upright binding with one free —NC group. The spatially resolved conductance (dI/dV) map for BPDI on Au(111) exhibits a feature centered at −0.67 eV below the Fermi level which are delocalized along the chain with maxima at the Au-adatom and biphenyl positions. This occupied resonant feature is close to that previously observed for the PDI in both photoemission and conductance measurements and is attributed to an occupied interfacial state resulting from BPDI-Au interactions.

  15. Adsorption of the ionic liquid [BMP][TFSA] on Au(111) and Ag(111): substrate effects on the structure formation investigated by STM

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    Alwast, Dorothea; Wagner, Nadja

    2013-01-01

    Summary In order to resolve substrate effects on the adlayer structure and structure formation and on the substrate–adsorbate and adsorbate–adsorbate interactions, we investigated the adsorption of thin films of the ionic liquid (IL) 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium-bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide [BMP][TFSA] on the close-packed Ag(111) and Au(111) surfaces by scanning tunneling microscopy, under ultra high vacuum (UHV) conditions in the temperature range between about 100 K and 293 K. At room temperature, highly mobile 2D liquid adsorbate phases were observed on both surfaces. At low temperatures, around 100 K, different adsorbed IL phases were found to coexist on these surfaces, both on silver and gold: a long-range ordered (‘2D crystalline’) phase and a short-range ordered (‘2D glass’) phase. Both phases exhibit different characteristics on the two surfaces. On Au(111), the surface reconstruction plays a major role in the structure formation of the 2D crystalline phase. In combination with recent density functional theory calculations, the sub-molecularly resolved STM images allow to clearly discriminate between the [BMP]+ cation and [TFSA]− anion. PMID:24367760

  16. Surface stabilized electrodes for lithium batteries

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    Thackeray, Michael M.; Kang, Sun-Ho; Johnson, Christopher S.

    2015-09-08

    A stabilized electrode comprising a metal oxide or lithium-metal-oxide electrode material is formed by contacting a surface of the electrode material, prior to cell assembly, with an aqueous or a non-aqueous acid solution having a pH greater than 4 but less than 7 and containing a stabilizing salt, to etch the surface of the electrode material and introduce stabilizing anions and cations from the salt into said surface. The structure of the bulk of the electrode material remains unchanged during the acid treatment. The stabilizing salt comprises fluoride and at least one cationic material selected from the group consisting of ammonium, phosphorus, titanium, silicon, zirconium, aluminum, and boron.

  17. Magnetism of CoPd self-organized alloy clusters on Au(111)

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    Ohresser, P.; Otero, E.; Wilhelm, F.; Rogalev, A.; Goyhenex, C.; Joly, L.; Bulou, H.; Romeo, M.; Speisser, V.; Arabski, J.; Schull, G.; Scheurer, F.

    2013-12-01

    Magnetic properties of gold-encapsulated CoxPd1-x self-organized nano-clusters on Au(111) are analyzed by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism for x = 0.5, 0.7, and 1.0. The clusters are superparamagnetic with a blocking temperature decreasing with increasing Pd concentration, due to a reduction of the out-of-plane anisotropy strength. No magnetic moment is detected on Pd in these clusters, within the detection limit, contrary to thick CoPd films. Both reduction of anisotropy and vanishing Pd moment are attributed to strain.

  18. Dynamics of decanethiol self-assembled monolayers on Au(111) studied by time-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Wu, Hairong; Sotthewes, Kai; Kumar, Avijit; Vancso, G Julius; Schön, Peter M; Zandvliet, Harold J W

    2013-02-19

    We investigated the dynamics of decanethiol self-assembled monolayers on Au(111) surfaces using time-resolved scanning tunneling microscopy at room temperature. The expected ordered phases (β, δ, χ*, and φ) and a disordered phase (ε) were observed. Current-time traces with the feedback loop disabled were recorded at different locations on the surface. The sulfur end group of the decanethiolate molecule exhibits a stochastic two-level switching process when the molecule is adsorbed in a (local) β phase registry. This two-level process is attributed to the diffusion of the Au-thiolate complex between two adjacent adsorption sites. The irregular current jumps in the current-time traces recorded on the tails of decanethiolate molecules in the ordered β, δ, and χ* phases are ascribed to wagging of the alkyl tails. Finally, the disordered phase is characterized by even larger current jumps, which indicates that the tail of the decanethiolate flips up occasionally and makes contact with the tip. Our experiments reveal that the massive dynamics of the self-assembled monolayer is due to diffusion of decanethiol-Au complexes, rather than the diffusion of decanethiolate molecules.

  19. Sulfur dimers adsorbed on Au(111) as building blocks for sulfur octomers formation: A density functional study

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    Hernandez-Tamargo, Carlos E.; Montero-Alejo, Ana Lilian; Pujals, Daniel Codorniu; Mikosch, Hans

    2014-07-28

    Experimental scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) studies have shown for more than two decades rectangular formations when sulfur atoms are deposited on Au(111) surfaces. The precursors have ranged from simple molecules or ions, such as SO{sub 2} gas or sulfide anions, to more complex organosulfur compounds. We investigated, within the framework of the Density Functional Theory, the structure of these rectangular patterns assuming them entirely composed of sulfur atoms as the experimental evidence suggests. The sulfur coverage at which the simulations were carried out (0.67 ML or higher) provoked that the sulfur-sulfur association had to be taken into account for achieving a good agreement between the sets of simulated and experimental STM images. A combination of four sulfur dimers per rectangular formation properly explained the trends obtained by the experimental STM analysis which were related with the rectangles' size and shape fluctuations together with sulfur-sulfur distances within these rectangles. Finally, a projected density of states analysis showed that the dimers were capable of altering the Au(5d) electronic states at the same level as atomic sulfur adsorbed at low coverage. Besides, sulfur dimers states were perfectly distinguished, whose presence near and above the Fermi level can explain both: sulfur-sulfur bond elongation and dimers stability when they stayed adsorbed on the surface at high coverage.

  20. Sensitivity of photoelectron diffraction to conformational changes of adsorbed molecules: Tetra-tert-butyl-azobenzene/Au(111)

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    Schuler, A.; Greif, M.; Seitsonen, A. P.; Mette, G.; Castiglioni, L.; Osterwalder, J.; Hengsberger, M.

    2017-01-01

    Electron diffraction is a standard tool to investigate the atomic structure of surfaces, interfaces, and adsorbate systems. In particular, photoelectron diffraction is a promising candidate for real-time studies of structural dynamics combining the ultimate time resolution of optical pulses and the high scattering cross-sections for electrons. In view of future time-resolved experiments from molecular layers, we studied the sensitivity of photoelectron diffraction to conformational changes of only a small fraction of molecules in a monolayer adsorbed on a metallic substrate. 3,3′,5,5′-tetra-tert-butyl-azobenzene served as test case. This molecule can be switched between two isomers, trans and cis, by absorption of ultraviolet light. X-ray photoelectron diffraction patterns were recorded from tetra-tert-butyl-azobenzene/Au(111) in thermal equilibrium at room temperature and compared to patterns taken in the photostationary state obtained by exposing the surface to radiation from a high-intensity helium discharge lamp. Difference patterns were simulated by means of multiple-scattering calculations, which allowed us to determine the fraction of molecules that underwent isomerization. PMID:28217715

  1. Sensitivity of photoelectron diffraction to conformational changes of adsorbed molecules: Tetra-tert-butyl-azobenzene/Au(111).

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    Schuler, A; Greif, M; Seitsonen, A P; Mette, G; Castiglioni, L; Osterwalder, J; Hengsberger, M

    2017-01-01

    Electron diffraction is a standard tool to investigate the atomic structure of surfaces, interfaces, and adsorbate systems. In particular, photoelectron diffraction is a promising candidate for real-time studies of structural dynamics combining the ultimate time resolution of optical pulses and the high scattering cross-sections for electrons. In view of future time-resolved experiments from molecular layers, we studied the sensitivity of photoelectron diffraction to conformational changes of only a small fraction of molecules in a monolayer adsorbed on a metallic substrate. 3,3',5,5'-tetra-tert-butyl-azobenzene served as test case. This molecule can be switched between two isomers, trans and cis, by absorption of ultraviolet light. X-ray photoelectron diffraction patterns were recorded from tetra-tert-butyl-azobenzene/Au(111) in thermal equilibrium at room temperature and compared to patterns taken in the photostationary state obtained by exposing the surface to radiation from a high-intensity helium discharge lamp. Difference patterns were simulated by means of multiple-scattering calculations, which allowed us to determine the fraction of molecules that underwent isomerization.

  2. Surface protected lithium-metal-oxide electrodes

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    Thackeray, Michael M.; Kang, Sun-Ho

    2016-04-05

    A lithium-metal-oxide positive electrode having a layered or spinel structure for a non-aqueous lithium electrochemical cell and battery is disclosed comprising electrode particles that are protected at the surface from undesirable effects, such as electrolyte oxidation, oxygen loss or dissolution by one or more lithium-metal-polyanionic compounds, such as a lithium-metal-phosphate or a lithium-metal-silicate material that can act as a solid electrolyte at or above the operating potential of the lithium-metal-oxide electrode. The surface protection significantly enhances the surface stability, rate capability and cycling stability of the lithium-metal-oxide electrodes, particularly when charged to high potentials.

  3. Stick-slip behaviour on Au(111) with adsorption of copper and sulfate.

    PubMed

    Podgaynyy, Nikolay; Wezisla, Sabine; Molls, Christoph; Iqbal, Shahid; Baltruschat, Helmut

    2015-01-01

    Several transitions in the friction coefficient with increasing load are found on Au(111) in sulfuric acid electrolyte containing Cu ions when a monolayer (or submonolayer) of Cu is adsorbed. At the corresponding normal loads, a transition to double or multiple slips in stick-slip friction is observed. The stick length in this case corresponds to multiples of the lattice distance of the adsorbed sulfate, which is adsorbed in a √3 × √7 superstructure on the copper monolayer. Stick-slip behaviour for the copper monolayer as well as for 2/3 coverage can be observed at F N ≥ 15 nN. At this normal load, a change from a small to a large friction coefficient occurs. This leads to the interpretation that the tip penetrates the electrochemical double layer at this point. At the potential (or point) of zero charge (pzc), stick-slip resolution persists at all normal forces investigated.

  4. Electronic Structure and Luminescence of Quasi-Freestanding MoS2 Nanopatches on Au(111)

    PubMed Central

    2016-01-01

    Monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides are interesting materials for optoelectronic devices due to their direct electronic band gaps in the visible spectral range. Here, we grow single layers of MoS2 on Au(111) and find that nanometer-sized patches exhibit an electronic structure similar to their freestanding analogue. We ascribe the electronic decoupling from the Au substrate to the incorporation of vacancy islands underneath the intact MoS2 layer. Excitation of the patches by electrons from the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope leads to luminescence of the MoS2 junction and reflects the one-electron band structure of the quasi-freestanding layer. PMID:27459588

  5. Investigation of intermolecular interactions in perylene films on Au(111) by infrared spectroscopy

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    Ding, Li; Schulz, Philip; Farahzadi, Azadeh; Shportko, Kostiantyn V.; Wuttig, Matthias

    2012-02-01

    Intermolecular interactions in crystalline perylene films on Au(111) have been investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Dimer modes of vibrations are observed in the crystalline film, in contrast to the monomer modes found for isolated perylene molecules. These dimers are formed via hydrogen bonding in the sandwich herringbone structure of the crystalline α-phase. Davydov splitting of both the monomer and the dimer modes is observed due to resonance dynamic intermolecular interaction. The splitting of monomer modes into three distinct vibrations and the occurrence of the dimer modes confirm that the film crystallizes in the α phase, which is in line with the x-ray diffraction results. The frequency shift and band broadening at elevated temperature have been attributed to the cubic and quartic anharmonic interactions.

  6. Revisiting the adsorption of copper-phthalocyanine on Au(111) including van der Waals corrections.

    PubMed

    Lüder, Johann; Eriksson, Olle; Sanyal, Biplab; Brena, Barbara

    2014-03-28

    We have studied the adsorption of copper-phthalocyanine on Au(111) by means of van der Waals corrected density functional theory using the Tkatchenko-Scheffler method. We have compared the element and site resolved adsorption distances to recent experimental normal-incident X-ray standing wave measurements. The measured adsorption distances could be reproduced within a deviation of 1% for the Cu atom, 1% for the C atoms, and 2% for the N atoms. The molecule was found to have a magnetic moment of 1 μB distributed over the Cu and the N atoms of the pyrrole ring. Simulated scanning tunnel microscopy images based on the total and on the spin-resolved differential charge densities are provided for bias voltages of -1.45 and 1.45 eV.

  7. Stick–slip behaviour on Au(111) with adsorption of copper and sulfate

    PubMed Central

    Podgaynyy, Nikolay; Wezisla, Sabine; Molls, Christoph; Iqbal, Shahid

    2015-01-01

    Summary Several transitions in the friction coefficient with increasing load are found on Au(111) in sulfuric acid electrolyte containing Cu ions when a monolayer (or submonolayer) of Cu is adsorbed. At the corresponding normal loads, a transition to double or multiple slips in stick–slip friction is observed. The stick length in this case corresponds to multiples of the lattice distance of the adsorbed sulfate, which is adsorbed in a √3 × √7 superstructure on the copper monolayer. Stick–slip behaviour for the copper monolayer as well as for 2/3 coverage can be observed at F N ≥ 15 nN. At this normal load, a change from a small to a large friction coefficient occurs. This leads to the interpretation that the tip penetrates the electrochemical double layer at this point. At the potential (or point) of zero charge (pzc), stick–slip resolution persists at all normal forces investigated. PMID:25977853

  8. Electrochemical and in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy studies of bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide and bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide based ionic liquids on graphite and gold electrodes and lithium salt influence

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    Hu, Xiaoyan; Chen, Chunlei; Yan, Jiawei; Mao, Bingwei

    2015-10-01

    We report electrochemical and in-situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) studies of surface processes on graphite and Au(111) electrodes in N-methyl-N-propylpyrrolidinium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide (Py13FSI) and N-methyl-N-propylpiperidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (Py13TFSI) ionic liquids in the absence and presence of LiTFSI salt. In both of neat ionic liquids, the intercalation of cations and exfoliation of HOPG layers occur during cathodic excursion. However, the surface decomposition of FSI anions can form an effective protection film on the surface, which suppresses the intercalation and exfoliation processes, while the surface decomposition of TFSI anions mainly causes etching of the surface, which makes the intercalation and exfoliation easier to proceed. The addition of Li salt can promote the formation of the protective film, especially in Py13FSI, and thus significantly suppress the intercalation and exfoliation processes. The discrepancies between these two ionic liquids are caused by the different anion interactions with graphite. Additionally, comparisons of the behaviors on HOPG and on Au(111) confirm that the surface processes are crucially dependent on the nature of the electrode. Trace amounts of oxygen and water can cause the formation of a film-like structure on Au(111), but show no apparent influence on HOPG.

  9. Advanced Materials for Neural Surface Electrodes

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    Schendel, Amelia A.; Eliceiri, Kevin W.; Williams, Justin C.

    2015-01-01

    Designing electrodes for neural interfacing applications requires deep consideration of a multitude of materials factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, the stiffness, biocompatibility, biostability, dielectric, and conductivity properties of the materials involved. The combination of materials properties chosen not only determines the ability of the device to perform its intended function, but also the extent to which the body reacts to the presence of the device after implantation. Advances in the field of materials science continue to yield new and improved materials with properties well-suited for neural applications. Although many of these materials have been well-established for non-biological applications, their use in medical devices is still relatively novel. The intention of this review is to outline new material advances for neural electrode arrays, in particular those that interface with the surface of the nervous tissue, as well as to propose future directions for neural surface electrode development. PMID:26392802

  10. Advanced Materials for Neural Surface Electrodes.

    PubMed

    Schendel, Amelia A; Eliceiri, Kevin W; Williams, Justin C

    2014-12-01

    Designing electrodes for neural interfacing applications requires deep consideration of a multitude of materials factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, the stiffness, biocompatibility, biostability, dielectric, and conductivity properties of the materials involved. The combination of materials properties chosen not only determines the ability of the device to perform its intended function, but also the extent to which the body reacts to the presence of the device after implantation. Advances in the field of materials science continue to yield new and improved materials with properties well-suited for neural applications. Although many of these materials have been well-established for non-biological applications, their use in medical devices is still relatively novel. The intention of this review is to outline new material advances for neural electrode arrays, in particular those that interface with the surface of the nervous tissue, as well as to propose future directions for neural surface electrode development.

  11. Identification of Non-Faradaic Processes by Measurement of the Electrochemical Peltier Heat during the Silver Underpotential Deposition on Au(111).

    PubMed

    Frittmann, Stefan; Halka, Vadym; Schuster, Rolf

    2016-04-04

    We measured the heat which is reversibly exchanged during the course of an electrochemical surface reaction, i.e., the deposition/dissolution of the first two monolayers of Ag on a Au(111) surface in (bi)sulfate and perchlorate containing electrolytes. The reversibly exchanged heat corresponds to the Peltier heat of the reaction and is linearly related to its entropy change, including also non-Faradaic side processes. Hence, the measurement of the Peltier heat provides thermodynamic information on the electrochemical processes which is complementary to the current-potential relations usually obtained by conventional electrochemical methods. From the variation of the molar Peltier heat during the various stages of the deposition reaction we inferred that co-adsorption processes of anions and Ag do not play a prominent role, while we find strong indications for a charge neutral substitution reaction of adsorbed anions by hydroxide, which would not show up in cyclic voltammetry.

  12. Single-layer ZnS supported on Au(111): A combined XPS, LEED, STM and DFT study

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    Deng, Xingyi; Sorescu, Dan C.; Lee, Junseok

    2017-04-01

    Single-layer of ZnS, consisting of one atomic layer of ZnS(111) plane, has been grown on Au(111) and characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). While the LEED measurement indicates a coincidence structure of ZnS-(3×3)/Au(111)-(4×4), high resolution STM images reveal hexagonal unit cells of 6.7×6.7 Å2 and 11.6×11.6 Å2, corresponding to √3 and 3 times the unit cell of the ideal zincblende ZnS-(1×1), respectively, depending on the tunneling conditions. Calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) indicate a significantly reconstructed non-planar structure of ZnS single-layer on Au(111) with 2/3 of the S anions being located nearly in the plane of the Zn cations and the rest 1/3 of the S anions protruding above the Zn plane. The calculated STM image shows similar characteristics to those of the experimental STM image. Additionally, the DFT calculations reveal the different bonding nature of the S anions in ZnS single-layer supported on Au(111).

  13. Structural Stability and Phase Transitions of Octanethiol Self-Assembled Monolayers on Au(111) in Ultrahigh Vacuum.

    PubMed

    Lee, Nam-Suk; Cho, Gyoujin; Shin, Hoon-Kyu; Noh, Jaegeun

    2016-06-01

    To understand the structural stability of as-prepared octanethiol (OT) self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) with a fully covered c(4 x 2) phase on Au(111) in ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions of 3 x 10(-7) Pa at room temperature, we examined OT SAM samples obtained as a function of storage period using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). STM imaging revealed that phase transition of OT SAMs after storage in UHV for 3 days occurs from the c(4 x 2) phase to the mixed phase containing ordered c(4 x 2) and disordered phases. It was also observed that the disordered phase was mainly located at around vacancy islands and near step edges of Au(111) terraces, implying that desorption of OT molecules chemisorbed on Au(111) in UHV occurs more quickly in these regions compared with in the closely packed and ordered domains. After a longer storage in UHV for 6 days, OT SAMs with the c(4 x 2) phase were changed to the disordered phase containing a partially ordered domain with a row structure. From this study, we clearly demonstrated that OT molecules in SAMs on Au(111) are desorbed spontaneously in UHV at room temperature, resulting in the formation of disordered and row phases.

  14. Potential-dependent structures investigated at the perchloric acid solution/iodine modified Au(111) interface by electrochemical frequency-modulation atomic force microscopy.

    PubMed

    Utsunomiya, Toru; Tatsumi, Shoko; Yokota, Yasuyuki; Fukui, Ken-ichi

    2015-05-21

    Electrochemical frequency-modulation atomic force microscopy (EC-FM-AFM) was adopted to analyze the electrified interface between an iodine modified Au(111) and a perchloric acid solution. Atomic resolution imaging of the electrode was strongly dependent on the electrode potential within the electrochemical window: each iodine atom was imaged in the cathodic range of the electrode potential, but not in the more anodic range where the tip is retracted by approximately 0.1 nm compared to the cathodic case for the same imaging parameters. The frequency shift versus tip-to-sample distance curves obtained in the electric double layer region on the iodine adlayer indicated that the water structuring became weaker at the anodic potential, where the atomic resolution images could not be obtained, and immediately recovered at the original cathodic potential. The reversible hydration structures were consistent with the reversible topographic images and the cyclic voltammetry results. These results indicate that perchlorate anions concentrated at the anodic potential affect the interface hydration without any irreversible changes to the interface under these conditions.

  15. Structural reconstruction and spontaneous formation of Fe polynuclears: a self-assembly of Fe-porphyrin coordination chains on Au(111) revealed by scanning tunneling microscopy.

    PubMed

    Wang, Yuxu; Zhou, Kun; Shi, Ziliang; Ma, Yu-Qiang

    2016-06-07

    A self-assembled Fe-porphyrin coordination chain structure on a Au(111) surface is investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), revealing structural reconstruction resulting from an alternative change of molecular orientations and spontaneous formation of uniformly sized Fe polynuclears. The alternation of the molecular orientations is ascribed to the cooperation of the attractive coordination and the intermolecular steric repulsion as elucidated by high-resolution STM observations. Furthermore, chemical control experiments are carried out to determine the number of atoms in an Fe polynuclear, suggesting a tentative Fe dinuclear-module that serves not only as a coordination center to link porphyrin units together but also as a "dangling" site for further functionalization by a guest terpyridine ligand. The chain structure and the Fe polynuclears are stable up to 320 K as revealed by real-time STM scanning. Annealing at higher temperatures converts the chain structure into a two-dimensional coordination structure.

  16. Squeezing and stretching Pd thin films: A high-resolution STM study of Pd/Au(111) and Pd/Cu(111) bimetallics

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    Blecher, Mishan E.; Lewis, Emily A.; Pronschinske, Alex; Murphy, Colin J.; Mattera, Michael F. G.; Liriano, Melissa L.; Sykes, E. Charles H.

    2016-04-01

    Pd bimetallic alloys are promising catalysts, especially for heterogeneous reactions involving hydrogen, as they exhibit increased activity and reduced demand for expensive precious metals. Using scanning tunneling microscopy, we examine the structure of Pd thin films on Cu(111) and Au(111) and demonstrate compression and expansion, respectively, of the bulk Pd lattice constant in the film. The relative binding strength of H to the two surfaces, inferred via tip-induced diffusion barriers, suggests that the strain in these systems may alter adsorbate binding and corroborates well-known trends in d-band shifts calculated by the density functional theory. Modification to the topography and activity of Pd films based on the choice of substrate metal illustrates the value of bimetallic systems for designing less expensive, tunable catalysts.

  17. Influence of the morphology on the platinum electrode surface activity

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    Reiner, Andreas; Steiger, Beat; Scherer, Günther G.; Wokaun, Alexander

    Polycrystalline Pt electrodes with different surface characteristics were investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) in 0.5 M H 2SO 4. Plane electrodes showed a decrease in electrochemically active surface area while cycling in the hydrogen underpotential region (H upd), in contrast, electrodes roughened by intensive pre-cycling exhibited a stable value for the electrochemically active surface.

  18. 21 CFR 870.2370 - Electrocardiograph surface electrode tester.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Electrocardiograph surface electrode tester. 870.2370 Section 870.2370 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN... Electrocardiograph surface electrode tester. (a) Identification. An electrocardiograph surface electrode tester is...

  19. Pulsed Electrodeposition of Two-Dimensional Ag Nanostructures on Au(111)

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    Borissov, D.; Tsekov, R.; Freyland, W.

    2006-07-01

    One-step pulsed potential electrodeposition of Ag on Au(111) in the underpotential deposition (UPD) region has been studied in 0.5 mM Ag2SO4 + 0.1 M H2SO4 aqueous electrolyte at various pulse durations from 0.2 to 500 ms. Evolution of the deposited Ag nanostructures was followed by in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and by measurement of the respective current transients. At short pulse durations a relatively high number density (4 × 10^11 cm-2) of two-dimensional Ag clusters with a narrow size and distance distribution is observed. They exhibit a remarkably high stability characterized by a dissolution potential which lies about 200 mV more anodically than the typical potential of Ag-(1 × 1) monolayer dissolution. To elucidate the underlying nucleation and growth mechanism, two models have been considered: two-dimensional lattice incorporation and a newly developed coupled diffusion-adsorption model. The first one yields a qualitative description of the current transients, whereas the second one is in nearly quantitative agreement with the experimental data. In this model the transformation of a Ag-(3 × 3) into a Ag-(1 × 1) structure indicated in the cyclic voltammogram (peaks at 520 vs 20 mV) is taken into account.

  20. Interface Effects in Spin-crossover (SCO) Thin Films on Au(111)

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    Beniwal, Sumit; Zhang, Xin; Rosa, Patrick; Letard, Jean-Francois; Palamarciuc, Tatiana; Doudin, Bernard; Dowben, Peter; Enders, Axel

    2015-03-01

    Thin films of the SCO molecules [Fe(H2B(pz)2)2 (bipy)] on Au(111) are investigated. The growth mode is determined by low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy, whereas chemical and electronic properties are determined with X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) and inverse photoemission spectroscopy (IPES). The role of substrate in determining the electronic structure is determined from thickness and temperature dependent XPS. Thin films exhibit coexistence of Fe(II) and Fe(III) oxidation states, which is different from the Fe(II) oxidation state in bulk. The fraction of molecules in the Fe(II) state increases with film thickness, which suggests that the molecules at the interface are in the Fe(III) state. Cooling the films to 100 K triggers an irreversible transition from Fe(III) to Fe(II). This transition coincides with spin phase transition, where shift of the conduction band edge away from the Fermi level is observed in IPES. These results demonstrate that thin films of this complex have different phase transition behavior as compared to bulk-like samples and underline that substrate interaction is a powerful parameter to control their structural conformation, spin state as well as electronic properties.

  1. Selective Thermal Reduction of Single-layer MoO3 nanostructures on Au(111)

    SciTech Connect

    Deng, X; Quek, S; Biener, M; Biener, J; Kang, D; Schalek, R; Kaxiras, E; Firend, C

    2007-12-07

    MoO{sub 3} is an interesting oxide prototype because its catalytic activity is sensitive to the presence and nature of defects. In this work, we demonstrate that we can control the number of defects in single-layer MoO{sub 3} nanostructures grown on Au(111) by a simple thermal reduction treatment. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy demonstrates the formation of Mo{sup 5+} species and oxygen vacancies during annealing at 650 K. The percentage of Mo{sup 5+} increases with the duration of annealing, until a stable composition containing 50% Mo{sup 6+} and 50% Mo{sup 5+} is obtained. Surprisingly, the formation of lower oxidation states such as Mo{sup 4+} was not observed. The reduced MoO{sub x} islands remain one layer high, based on scanning tunneling microscope (STM) images. The two-dimensional nature of the reduced oxide nanocrystals may be due to a large barrier for structural reorganization and, thus, may account for the absence of Mo oxidation states lower than +5. Based on scanning tunneling microscopy images and density functional calculations, we propose that the formation of Mo{sup 5+} ions during annealing is not associated with formation of oxygen point defects, but can be attributed to the formation of extended one-dimensional shear defects. These reduced structures are useful for studying the dependence of reactivity on defect type, and present exciting possibilities for chemical sensors and other applications.

  2. Self-Assembly and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Tip-Induced Motion of Ferrocene Adamantane Trithiolate Adsorbed on Au(111)

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    Katano, Satoshi; Kim, Yousoo; Kitagawa, Toshikazu; Kawai, Maki

    2008-07-01

    We have studied the self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of adamantane-based trithiolate, which consists of a ferrocene derivative at the head (ferrocene adamantane trithiolate; ferrocene-ATT), on Au(111) using low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). It was found that the adsorption behavior of ferrocene-ATT is similar to that of bromine adamantane trithiolate (BATT) adsorbed on Au(111). This indicates that adsorption of adamantane-based trithiol is controlled by three legs (CH2S) connected to bridgehead positions of the adamantane cage. Molecules, which form an ordered structure, are stable under low-bias-voltage scanning, i.e., a sample bias voltage lower than 1 V. STM tip-induced diffusion, however, was observed both for small clustered molecules and for molecules bound around the edge of an ordered molecular island. Furthermore, applying a high bias voltage (5 V) resulted in the destruction of SAMs structures.

  3. Magnetism of coherent Co and Ni thin films on Cu(111) and Au(111) substrates: An ab initio study

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    Zelený, Martin; Dlouhý, Ivo

    2017-02-01

    We present an ab initio study of structural and magnetic properties of coherent Co and Ni thin films on Cu(111) and Au(111) substrates with thicknesses of up to 6 monolayers. All studied films on Cu(111) substrates prefer structures close their ground state (hcp for Co and fcc for Ni), whereas only the hcp stacking sequence has been found for both films on Au(111) substrates. All studied films exhibit instability of the first monolayer with respect to decomposition into 2-monolayer- or 3-monolayer-high islands, which is in agreement with experimental findings. All studied films are also ferromagnetic, nevertheless the Ni/Cu(111) films reduce their magnetic moments in the layer adjacent to the substrate due to a stronger Cu-Ni interaction at the interface. The magnetic anisotropy of a Co film does not depend on the film thickness: all the studied Co/Au(111) films exhibit a perpendicular magnetic anisotropy, whereas all the Co/Cu(111) films prefer in-plane magnetization. On the other hand, both Ni films change their preference for in-plane orientation of their easy axis to out-of-plane orientation at a critical thickness of 2 monolayers, however, the magnetic anisotropy energies for films thicker than 1 monolayer are smaller than 1 meV/Ni atom. These behaviors of magnetic anisotropy do not depend on the structure of the studied films.

  4. Oxide modified air electrode surface for high temperature electrochemical cells

    DOEpatents

    Singh, Prabhakar; Ruka, Roswell J.

    1992-01-01

    An electrochemical cell is made having a porous cermet electrode (16) and a porous lanthanum manganite electrode (14), with solid oxide electrolyte (15) between them, where the lanthanum manganite surface next to the electrolyte contains a thin discontinuous layer of high surface area cerium oxide and/or praseodymium oxide, preferably as discrete particles (30) in contact with the air electrode and electrolyte.

  5. Experimental investigation of a thermionic converter with developed surface electrodes

    SciTech Connect

    Luke, J.R.; El-Genk, M.S.; Adrian, J.M.

    1997-01-01

    A thermionic converter with developed planar electrode surfaces is designed and tested. One of the electrodes has concentric circular grooves cut into its surface, while the other electrode surface is smooth. The grooves are 0.5 mm deep and 0.5 mm wide, having lands that are 1.0 mm wide. The experimental setup is flexible so that either the smooth or developed surface electrode can be operated as the emitter, with the other operating as the collector. The I-V characteristics and power output are compared for the two electrode arrangements. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  6. Tensor veli palatini electromyography with surface electrode applied transnasally

    PubMed Central

    Picciotti, PM; Della Marca, G; Restuccia, D; Rigante, M; Di Nardo, W; Scarano, E

    2005-01-01

    Summary A new technique is proposed for paratubal electromyography, using a surface, non-invasive, electrode applied transnasally under nasopharyngoscope guidance. This electrode records activity of the tensor veli palatini muscle during swallowing. This technique is of interest for two reasons: endoscopic guid-ance offers the possibility to check correct positioning of the electrode recording at tensor veli palatini muscle level. Introduction of the non-invasive surface electrode is simple and not painful. PMID:16116836

  7. Modulated Surface Vibrational Spectroscopies at Electrode/Electrolyte Interfaces.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1984-11-28

    methanol, formaldehyde, or formic acid . Figure 8 gives examples of the spectra obtained from a poisoned electrode for the system platinum/formaldehyde...reflection losses at the atmosphere /window interface allowing more of the radiation to be utilized at the solution/electrode interface. More details on the... catalysis at electrode surfaces. * . ~ . . *~~ . . . . . . . . ’ . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .j

  8. Cryogenic surface-electrode ion trap apparatus

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dubielzig, Timko; Carsjens, Martina; Kohnen, Matthias; Grondkowski, Sebastian; Ospelkaus, Christian

    2014-05-01

    In this talk we describe the infrastructure necessary to operate a surface-electrode ion trap with integrated microwave conductors for near-field quantum control of 9Be+ in a cryogenic environment. These traps are promising systems for analog quantum simulators and for quantum logic applications. Our group recently developed a trap with an integrated meander-like microwave guide for driving motional sidebands on an 9Be+ ion. The trap will be operated in a cryogenic vacuum chamber. We will discuss the vibrational isolated closed cycle cryostat and the design of the vacuum chamber with all electrical supplies necessary to apply two different microwave currents, dc voltages and three independent rf supplies to generate a reconfigurable rf trapping potential. We will also discuss the used hyperfine qubit and the laser systems required to cool and repump. Furthermore we will present the cryogenic, high aperture and fully acromatic imaging system.

  9. Direct determination of interfacial magnetic moments with a magnetic phase transition in Co nanoclusters on Au(111).

    PubMed

    Koide, T; Miyauchi, H; Okamoto, J; Shidara, T; Fujimori, A; Fukutani, H; Amemiya, K; Takeshita, H; Yuasa, S; Katayama, T; Suzuki, Y

    2001-12-17

    The spin, in-plane and out-of-plane orbital and magnetic dipole moments of almost purely interfacial Co atoms were directly determined for Au/2-monolayer Co nanoclusters/Au(111) by angle-dependent magnetic circular x-ray dichroism (MCXD) measurements. The field- and temperature-dependent MCXD evidences a ferromagnetic(FM)-to-superparamagnetic phase transition in single-domain clusters with decreasing size. The interfacial moments are remarkably enhanced as compared with bulk values, verifying theoretical predictions. The FM clusters show strong perpendicular magnetic anisotropy, providing promise of applications for nanoscale magnetic bits.

  10. LEED I/V determination of the structure of a MoO3 monolayer on Au(111): Testing the performance of the CMA-ES evolutionary strategy algorithm, differential evolution, a genetic algorithm and tensor LEED based structural optimization

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    Primorac, E.; Kuhlenbeck, H.; Freund, H.-J.

    2016-07-01

    The structure of a thin MoO3 layer on Au(111) with a c(4 × 2) superstructure was studied with LEED I/V analysis. As proposed previously (Quek et al., Surf. Sci. 577 (2005) L71), the atomic structure of the layer is similar to that of a MoO3 single layer as found in regular α-MoO3. The layer on Au(111) has a glide plane parallel to the short unit vector of the c(4 × 2) unit cell and the molybdenum atoms are bridge-bonded to two surface gold atoms with the structure of the gold surface being slightly distorted. The structural refinement of the structure was performed with the CMA-ES evolutionary strategy algorithm which could reach a Pendry R-factor of ∼ 0.044. In the second part the performance of CMA-ES is compared with that of the differential evolution method, a genetic algorithm and the Powell optimization algorithm employing I/V curves calculated with tensor LEED.

  11. Experiments and simulations of hyperthermal Xe interacting with an ordered 1-decanethiol/Au(111) monolayer: penetration followed by high-energy, directed ejection.

    PubMed

    Gibson, K D; Isa, N; Sibener, S J

    2006-02-02

    A study of the interaction of hyperthermal Xe with a well-ordered standing-up phase of 1-decanethiol adsorbed on Au(111) is presented. Experimentally, double-differential measurements were made of the postcollision Xe kinetic energy as a function of incident and final angles. These experiments are compared to classical trajectory calculations. The results show the two expected channels: direct-inelastic scattering from the surface and accommodated Xe due to trapping-desorption. There is also evidence of a further interaction mechanism. This involves the penetration of the atom deep into the channels between the aligned chains of the monolayer. When the collision energy has been dissipated, the implanted Xe is expelled as the chains return to their equilibrium positions. The expelled Xe leaves the surface with an energy much higher than expected for trapping-desorption, and with an angular-intensity distribution peaked close to the direction of the 1-decanethiol chain orientation. For this reason, we call this new scattering mechanism directed ejection.

  12. High resolution electrochemical STM : new structural results for underpotentially deposited Cu on Au(111) in acid sulfate solution.

    SciTech Connect

    Sieradzki, Karl; Vasiljevic, Natasa; Viyannalage, L.K.T.; Dimitrov, Nikolay

    2007-09-01

    Adsorption of sulfate assists Cu monolayer underpotential deposition (upd) on Au(111) in a unique way, rendering two distinct structural stages: (i) formation of a low-density Cu phase at coverage of 2/3 ML known as the ({radical}3 x {radical}3) R30{sup o} or honeycomb phase; (ii) formation of a complete monolayer, i.e., Cu-(1 x 1) phase pseudomorphic with respect to underlying Au(111) substrate. In this paper we present new structural in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) results for this system. We show and discuss the STM imaging of the copper honeycomb superstructure probed underneath the co-adsorbed ({radical}3 x {radical}3)R30{sup o} sulfate adlayer in the low-density phase. High resolution imaging during the phase transition from the low to high density copper phase unambiguously shows the existence of an ordered sulfate structure p(2 x 2) on the pseudomorphic Cu-(1 x 1) layer. The new structure is seen during the co-existence of two copper phases as well as upon completion of the Cu-(1 x 1) monolayer. While supported by earlier chronocoulometric measurements in the same system, the new structural results raise questions that need to be addressed in a future work.

  13. Detecting Skin Burns Induced by Surface Electrodes

    DTIC Science & Technology

    2007-11-02

    density image were taken, the electrode peeled off the skin, and a photograph taken to complete the post-burn dataset. Finally, the used electrodes were...suggesting the breakdown of the barrier layer capacitance in the skin epidermis . Line monitoring of the skin impedance can predict the onset of the burns

  14. Confinement of reaction components at electrode surface

    DOEpatents

    Luca, Oana R.; Weitekamp, Raymond; Grubbs, Robert H.; Atwater, Harry A.; Mitrovic, Slobodan

    2017-03-14

    A CO.sub.2 reduction electrode includes an active layer on an electrode base. The active layer includes a polymer that includes one or more reaction components selected from a group consisting of a CO.sub.2 reduction catalyst and an activator that bonds CO.sub.2 so as to form a CO.sub.2 reduction intermediate.

  15. Influence of molecular ordering on electrical and friction properties of omega-(trans-4-stilbene)alkylthiol self-assembled monolayers on Au (111)

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    Qi, Yabing; Liu, Xiaosong; Hendriksen, B.L.M.; Navarro, V.; Park, Jeong Y.; Ratera, Imma; Klopp, J.M.; Edder, C.; Himpsel, Franz J.; Frechet, J.M.J.; Haller, Eugene E.; Salmeron, Miquel

    2010-04-21

    The electrical and friction properties of omega-(trans-4-stilbene)alkylthiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on Au(111) were investigated using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and near edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS). The sample surface was uniformly covered with a molecular film consisting of very small grains. Well-ordered and flat monolayer islands were formed after the sample was heated in nitrogen at 120 oC for 1 h. While lattice resolved AFM images revealed a crystalline phase in the islands, the area between islands showed no order. The islands exhibit substantial reduction (50percent) in friction, supporting the existence of good ordering. NEXAFS measurements revealed an average upright molecular orientation in the film, both before and after heating, with a narrower tilt-angle distribution for the heated fim. Conductance-AFM measurements revealed a two orders of magnitude higher conductivity on the ordered islands than on the disordered phase. We propose that the conductance enhancement is a result of a better pi-pi stacking between the trans-stilbene molecular units as a result of improved ordering in islands.

  16. Electrode structures and surfaces for Li batteries

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    Thackeray, Michael M.; Kang, Sun-Ho; Balasubramanian, Mahalingam; Croy, Jason

    2017-03-14

    This invention relates to methods of preparing positive electrode materials for electrochemical cells and batteries. It relates, in particular, to a method for fabricating lithium-metal-oxide electrode materials for lithium cells and batteries. The method comprises contacting a hydrogen-lithium-manganese-oxide material with one or more metal ions, preferably in an acidic solution, to insert the one or more metal ions into the hydrogen-lithium-manganese-oxide material; heat-treating the resulting product to form a powdered metal oxide composition; and forming an electrode from the powdered metal oxide composition.

  17. Electron Transfer Mechanism in Gold Surface Modified with Self-Assembly Monolayers from First Principles

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    Lima, Filipe C. D. A.; Iost, Rodrigo M.; Crespilho, Frank N.; Caldas, Marília J.; Calzolari, Arrigo; Petrilli, Helena M.

    2013-03-01

    We report the investigation of electron tunneling mechanism of peptide ferrocenyl-glycylcystamine self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) onto Au (111) electrode surfaces. Recent experimental investigations showed that electron transfer in peptides can occur across long distances by separating the donor from the acceptor. This mechanism can be further fostered by the presence of electron donor terminations of Fc terminal units on SAMs but the charge transfer mechanism is still not clear. We study the interaction of the peptide ferrocenyl-glycylcystamine on the Au (111) from first principles calculations to evaluate the electron transfer mechanism. For this purpose, we used the Kohn Sham (KS) scheme for the Density Functional Theory (DFT) as implemented in the Quantum-ESPRESSO suit of codes, using Vandebilt ultrasoft pseudopotentials and GGA-PBE exchange correlation functional to evaluate the ground-state atomic and electronic structure of the system. The analysis of KS orbital at the Fermi Energy showed high electronic density localized in Fc molecules and the observation of a minor contribution from the solvent and counter ion. Based on the results, we infer evidences of electron tunneling mechanism from the molecule to the Au(111). We acknowledge FAPESP for grant support. Also, LCCA/USP, RICE and CENAPAD for computational resources.

  18. Anion adsorption induced surface reconstructions

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    Tang, Lei

    2005-11-01

    Surface stress plays an important role in the behavior of solid surfaces. Potential-controlled anion adsorption in electrolytes alters the surface stress of the electrode and results in morphology changes to the surfaces. With a combination of potential-induced surface stress measurement and in situ electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), it is demonstrated that anion adsorption induces changes in structure of thin films and modifies the growth morphology and stress evolution in epitaxially grown films. Surface structural transitions in the heteroepitaxial system consisting of one to two gold monolayers on platinum substrates were observed. By increasing the potential, structural transitions, from (1 x 1), to a striped phase, to a hexagonal structure, occurred in the gold bilayer. This hexagonal structure was related to the formation of an ordered sulfate adlayer with a ( 3x7 ) structure. Such transitions were repeatable by cycling the potential. Furthermore, the transitions between various dislocation structures were affected by anion adsorption. The surface composition of the gold bilayer on Pt was measured by underpotential deposition of copper. By subtracting the contribution of a pure Pt surface from the gold bi-layer on Pt, a stress change of -2.4 N/m was observed, which agrees with the stress change of -2.46 N/m predicted to accompany formation of 1.5 MLs of coherent Au on Pt(111) from epitaxy theory. The Cu monolayer deposited on Au(111) from an acid sulfate electrolyte was found to be pseudomorphic while the Cu monolayer formed on Au(111) in vacuum was incoherent. The stress-thickness change associated with the coherent monolayer of copper on Au(111) in electrolyte was -0.6 N/m, while conventional epitaxy theories predict a value of +7.76 N/m. STM results elucidated the sulfate adsorption on the copper monolayer caused an expansion of the layer as evidenced by a Moire Structure. For the Cu monolayer on Au(111), the sulfate-induced expansion

  19. Surface modification of active material structures in battery electrodes

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    Erickson, Michael; Tikhonov, Konstantin

    2016-02-02

    Provided herein are methods of processing electrode active material structures for use in electrochemical cells or, more specifically, methods of forming surface layers on these structures. The structures are combined with a liquid to form a mixture. The mixture includes a surface reagent that chemically reacts and forms a surface layer covalently bound to the structures. The surface reagent may be a part of the initial liquid or added to the mixture after the liquid is combined with the structures. In some embodiments, the mixture may be processed to form a powder containing the structures with the surface layer thereon. Alternatively, the mixture may be deposited onto a current collecting substrate and dried to form an electrode layer. Furthermore, the liquid may be an electrolyte containing the surface reagent and a salt. The liquid soaks the previously arranged electrodes in order to contact the structures with the surface reagent.

  20. High surface area electrode for high efficient microbial electrosynthesis

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    Nie, Huarong; Cui, Mengmeng; Lu, Haiyun; Zhang, Tian; Russell, Thomas; Lovley, Derek

    2012-02-01

    Microbial electrosynthesis, a process in which microorganisms directly accept electrons from an electrode to convert carbon dioxide and water into multi carbon organic compounds, affords a novel route for the generation of valuable products from electricity or even wastewater. The surface area of the electrode is critical for high production. A biocompatible, highly conductive, three-dimensional cathode was fabricated from a carbon nanotube textile composite to support the microorganism to produce acetate from carbon dioxide. The high surface area and macroscale porous structure of the intertwined CNT coated textile ?bers provides easy microbe access. The production of acetate using this cathode is 5 fold larger than that using a planar graphite electrode with the same volume. Nickel-nanowire-modified carbon electrodes, fabricated by microwave welding, increased the surface area greatly, were able to absorb more bacteria and showed a 1.5 fold increase in performance

  1. Covalent immobilization of native biomolecules onto Au(111) via N-hydroxysuccinimide ester functionalized self-assembled monolayers for scanning probe microscopy.

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    Wagner, P; Hegner, M; Kernen, P; Zaugg, F; Semenza, G

    1996-01-01

    We have worked out a procedure for covalent binding of native biomacromolecules on flat gold surfaces for scanning probe microscopy in aqueous buffer solutions and for other nanotechnological applications, such as the direct measurement of interaction forces between immobilized macromolecules, of their elastomechanical properties, etc. It is based on the covalent immobilization of amino group-containing biomolecules (e.g., proteins, phospholipids) onto atomically flat gold surfaces via omega-functionalized self-assembled monolayers. We present the synthesis of the parent compound, dithio-bis(succinimidylundecanoate) (DSU), and a detailed study of the chemical and physical properties of the monolayer it forms spontaneously on Au(111). Scanning tunneling microscopy and atomic force microscopy (AFM) revealed a monolayer arrangement with the well-known depressions that are known to stem from an etch process during the self-assembly. The total density of the omega-N-hydroxysuccinimidyl groups on atomically flat gold was 585 pmol/cm(2), as determined by chemisorption of (14)C-labeled DSU. This corresponded to approximately 75% of the maximum density of the omega-unsubstituted alkanethiol. Measurements of the kinetics of monolayer formation showed a very fast initial phase, with total coverage within 30 S. A subsequent slower rearrangement of the chemisorbed molecules, as indicated by AFM, led to a decrease in the number of monolayer depressions in approximately 60 min. The rate of hydrolysis of the omega-N-hydroxysuccinimide groups at the monolayer/water interface was found to be very slow, even at moderately alkaline pH values. Furthermore, the binding of low-molecular-weight amines and of a model protein was investigated in detail. Images FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 9 PMID:9172730

  2. In-Situ Surface EXAFS at Chemically Modified Electrodes.

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    1987-07-28

    characterization of underpotentially deposited copper on gold(ll) electrodes. [12] We now present an in-situ surface EXAFS study of electropolymerized... deposition or adsorption of metallic adlayers (6] or transition metal complexes. [7] In addition the electrode can act as a simple electron shuttle to...structure at all stages of polymer deposition . These values correlate very well with the known coordination member of six and a Ru-N distance of 2.056 A

  3. Silicon surface-electrode ion traps for quantum information processing

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    Doret, S. Charles; Slusher, Richart

    2010-03-01

    The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is designing, building, and testing scalable surface-electrode ion traps for quantum information applications, fabricated using silicon VLSI technology. A wide range of trap architectures have been developed, including a linear trap capable of holding long chains of equally spaced ions, a 90-degree X-junction, and an integrated micromirror with collection efficiency approaching 20%. Fabrication features that can be integrated with the surface electrodes include multilayer interconnects, optics for enhanced light collection, flexible optical access through beveled slots extending through the substrate, and recessed wire bonds for clear laser access across the trap surface. Traps are designed at GTRI using in-house codes that calculate trap fields, compute the full motion of ions confined in the trap, including micromotion, and optimize electrode shapes and transport waveforms using genetic algorithms. We will present designs and initial test results for several of these traps, as well as plans for their use in future experiments.

  4. Chemical and morphological characteristics of lithium electrode surfaces

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    Yen, S. P. S.; Shen, D.; Vasquez, R. P.; Grunthaner, F. J.; Somoano, R. B.

    1981-01-01

    Lithium electrode surfaces were analyzed for chemical and morphological characteristics, using electron spectroscopy chemical analysis (ESCA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Samples included lithium metal and lithium electrodes which were cycled in a 1.5 M lithium arsenic hexafluoride/two-methyl tetrahydrofuran electrolyte. Results show that the surface of the as-received lithium metal was already covered by a film composed of LiO2 and an Li2O/CO2 adduct with a thickness of approximately 100-200 A. No evidence of Ni3 was found. Upon exposure of the lithium electrode to a 1.5 M LiAsF6/2-Me-THF electrochemical environment, a second film was observed to form on the surface, consisting primarily of As, Si, and F, possibly in the form of lithium arsenic oxyfluorides or lithium fluorosilicates. It is suggested that the film formation may be attributed to salt degradation.

  5. Surface analysis of new chlorpromazinium plastic membrane electrodes.

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    Al-Shatti, L A; Marafie, H M; Shoukry, A F

    2008-01-22

    New chlorpromazinium (Cp) plastic membrane electrodes of the conventional type were constructed and characterized. They are based on incorporation of Cp-reineckate (CpRn) ion pair, Cp-phosphotungstate (Cp3PT), or Cp-phosphomolybdate (Cp3PM) ion associate into poly(vinyl chloride) membrane. The electrodes exhibited calibration graph slopes of 49.83, 52.87, and 61.30 mV/Cp concentration decade over life spans of 1, 5, and 3 days, respectively. All electrodes proved to be selective for Cp and have been applied to the assay of a pharmaceutical preparation. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), as well as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed that the limitation of the lifetime of the electrodes is attributed to leaching of the ion exchanger from the membrane into the test solution in addition to deformation of the surface.

  6. Modified carbon surfaces as "organic electrodes" that exhibit conductance switching.

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    Solak, Ali Osman; Eichorst, Laura R; Clark, William J; McCreery, Richard L

    2003-01-15

    Glassy carbon (GC) surfaces modified with monolayers of biphenyl and nitrobiphenyl molecules were examined as voltammetric electrodes for ferrocene, benzoquinone, and tetracyanoquinodimethane electrochemistry in acetonitrile. The modified electrodes exhibited slower electron transfer than unmodified GC, by factors that varied with the monolayer and redox system. However, after a negative potential excursion to approximately -2.0 V versus Ag+/Ag, the modified electrodes exhibited much faster electron-transfer kinetics, approaching those observed on unmodified GC. The effect is attributed to an apparently irreversible structural change in the biphenyl or nitrobiphenyl monolayer, which increases the rate of electron tunneling. The transition to the "ON" state is associated with electron injection into the monolayer similar to that observed in previous spectroscopic investigations and causes a significant decrease in the calculated HOMO-LUMO gap for the monolayer molecule. Once the monolayer is switched ON, it supports rapid electron exchange with outer-sphere redox systems, but not with dopamine, which requires adsorption to the GC surface. The increase in electron-transfer rate with electron injection is consistent with an increase in electron tunneling rate through the monolayer, caused by a significant decrease in tunneling barrier height. The ON electrode can reduce biphenyl- or nitrobiphenyldiazonium reagent in solution to permit formation of a second modification layer of biphenyl or nitrobiphenyl molecules. This "double derivatization" procedure was used to prepare tetraphenyl- and nitrotetraphenyl-modified electrodes, which exhibit significantly slower electron transfer than their biphenyl and nitrobiphenyl counterparts. A "switching" electrode may have useful properties for electroanalytical applications and possibly in electrocatalysis. In addition, the ON state represents an "organic electrode" in which electron transfer occurs at an interface between an

  7. Application of surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy to the study of SOFC electrode surfaces.

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    Li, Xiaxi; Blinn, Kevin; Fang, Yingcui; Liu, Mingfei; Mahmoud, Mahmoud A; Cheng, Shuang; Bottomley, Lawrence A; El-Sayed, Mostafa; Liu, Meilin

    2012-05-07

    SERS provided by sputtered silver was employed to detect trace amounts of chemical species on SOFC electrodes. Considerable enhancement of Raman signal and lowered detection threshold were shown for coked nickel surfaces, CeO(2) coatings, and cathode materials (LSM and LSCF), suggesting a viable approach to probing electrode degradation and surface catalytic mechanism.

  8. A computational comparison of electron transfer from reduced ferredoxin to flavin adenine dinucleotide and a gold electrode.

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    Walch, Stephen P; Komadina, Jason D; Prinz, Fritz B

    2009-05-21

    We have carried out calculations of the electronic structure of ferredoxin and of the electronic coupling matrix element Hif for electron transfer from reduced ferredoxin to flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) and to cluster models of the Au111 surface and a Au111 surface with a mercaptopyridene self-assembled monolayer (SAM). We conclude, based on Hif2, that a gold electrode is approximately 14 times less efficient as an electron acceptor than FAD and that the mercaptopyridine SAM enhances electron transfer. The magnitude of Hif is large enough for these systems that the weak coupling limit approximations may no longer be valid. However, the barrier to electron transfer in the strong coupling limit is computed to be small due to minimal geometry change between oxidized and reduced ferredoxin. MD simulations of the interaction of ferredoxin and protonated pyridine within a water solvation box indicate that the protonated pyridine does strongly orient the ferredoxin, favoring electron transfer as compared to a bare gold surface, where we speculate the orientation of the ferredoxin may be more random.

  9. Changes in the adsorbate dipole layer with changing d-filling of the metal (II) (Co, Ni, Cu) phthalocyanines on Au(111).

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    Xiao, Jie; Dowben, Peter A

    2009-02-04

    In combined photoemission and inverse photoemission spectroscopy studies, we observe changes in the metal phthalocyanine molecular orbital offsets with respect to the conducting gold substrate Fermi level, with the changing d-electron filling of the metal (II) (Co, Ni, Cu) phthalocyanines. The implication is that the interfacial dipole layer depends upon the choice of metal (Co, Ni, Cu) centers within the metal (II) phthalocyanines adsorbed on Au(111).

  10. Heating rate and electrode charging measurements in a scalable, microfabricated, surface-electrode ion trap

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    Allcock, D. T. C.; Harty, T. P.; Janacek, H. A.; Linke, N. M.; Ballance, C. J.; Steane, A. M.; Lucas, D. M.; Jarecki, R. L.; Habermehl, S. D.; Blain, M. G.; Stick, D.; Moehring, D. L.

    2012-06-01

    We characterise the performance of a surface-electrode ion "chip" trap fabricated using established semiconductor integrated circuit and micro-electro-mechanical-system (MEMS) microfabrication processes, which are in principle scalable to much larger ion trap arrays, as proposed for implementing ion trap quantum information processing. We measure rf ion micromotion parallel and perpendicular to the plane of the trap electrodes, and find that on-package capacitors reduce this to ≲10 nm in amplitude. We also measure ion trapping lifetime, charging effects due to laser light incident on the trap electrodes, and the heating rate for a single trapped ion. The performance of this trap is found to be comparable with others of the same size scale.

  11. New tetradecyltrimethylammonium-selective electrodes: surface composition and topography as correlated with electrode's life span.

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    Marafie, Hayat M; Al-Shammari, Tahani F; Shoukry, Adel F

    2012-03-15

    Two conventional plastic membrane electrodes that are selective for the tetradecyltrimethylammonium cation (TTA) have been prepared. The ion exchangers of these sensors were the ion associate, TTA-PT, and the ion aggregate, TTA-PSS, where PT and PSS are phosphotungstate and polystyrene sulfonate, respectively. The following performance characteristics of the TTA-PT- and TTA-PSS-containing electrodes were found: conditioning time of 30 and 20 min; potential response of 58.2 and 61.1 mV/TTA concentration decade; rectilinear concentration ranges of 2.0 × 10(-5)-5.0 × 10(-2) and 1.5 × 10(-5)-7.9 × 10(-2) mol L(-1); average working pH ranges of 4.0-10.5 and 3.8-10.7; life spans of 20 and 28 weeks, and isothermal temperature coefficients of 4.44 × 10(-4) and 6.10 × 10(-4)V/°C, respectively. Both electrodes exhibited high selectivity for TTA with an increasing number of inorganic and quaternary ammonium surfactant cations. These electrodes have been successfully applied to assay an antiseptic formulation containing TTA. Surface analyses using electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to determine the cause of the limited life span of plastic membrane electrodes.

  12. Probing and mapping electrode surfaces in solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Blinn, Kevin S; Li, Xiaxi; Liu, Mingfei; Bottomley, Lawrence A; Liu, Meilin

    2012-09-20

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are potentially the most efficient and cost-effective solution to utilization of a wide variety of fuels beyond hydrogen (1-7). The performance of SOFCs and the rates of many chemical and energy transformation processes in energy storage and conversion devices in general are limited primarily by charge and mass transfer along electrode surfaces and across interfaces. Unfortunately, the mechanistic understanding of these processes is still lacking, due largely to the difficulty of characterizing these processes under in situ conditions. This knowledge gap is a chief obstacle to SOFC commercialization. The development of tools for probing and mapping surface chemistries relevant to electrode reactions is vital to unraveling the mechanisms of surface processes and to achieving rational design of new electrode materials for more efficient energy storage and conversion(2). Among the relatively few in situ surface analysis methods, Raman spectroscopy can be performed even with high temperatures and harsh atmospheres, making it ideal for characterizing chemical processes relevant to SOFC anode performance and degradation(8-12). It can also be used alongside electrochemical measurements, potentially allowing direct correlation of electrochemistry to surface chemistry in an operating cell. Proper in situ Raman mapping measurements would be useful for pin-pointing important anode reaction mechanisms because of its sensitivity to the relevant species, including anode performance degradation through carbon deposition(8, 10, 13, 14) ("coking") and sulfur poisoning(11, 15) and the manner in which surface modifications stave off this degradation(16). The current work demonstrates significant progress towards this capability. In addition, the family of scanning probe microscopy (SPM) techniques provides a special approach to interrogate the electrode surface with nanoscale resolution. Besides the surface topography that is routinely collected by AFM

  13. Li+-ion neutralization on metal surfaces and thin films

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    Chen, Lin; Shen, Jie; Jia, Juanjuan; Kandasamy, Thirunavukkarasu; Bobrov, Kirill; Guillemot, Laurent; Fuhr, Javier. D.; Martiarena, Maria Luz; Esaulov, Vladimir A.

    2011-11-01

    Li+ ions with energies ranging from 0.3 to 2 keV are scattered from Au(110) and Pd(100) surfaces and from ultrathin Ag film grown on Au(111) in order to study electron transfer phenomena. We find that neutralization occurs quite efficiently and find an anomalous ion energy dependence of the neutral fraction for Au(110) and Pd(100) surfaces previously noted for Au(111). The dependence of the neutral fraction on the azimuthal angle of the Au(110) and Pd(100) surfaces is reported. In the case of Ag monolayer on Au(111), results are similar to the case of the Ag(111) surface. To understand the anomalous ion energy dependence, we present a theoretical study using density functional theory (DFT) and a linearized rate equation approach, which allows us to follow the Li charge state evolution for the (111) surfaces of Ag, Au, and Cu, and for the Ag-covered Au(111) surface.

  14. Surface Analysis of 4-Aminothiophenol Adsorption at Polycrystalline Platinum Electrodes

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    Rosario-Castro, Belinda I.; Fachini, Estevao R.; Contes, Enid J.; Perez-Davis, Marla E.; Cabrera, Carlos R.

    2008-01-01

    Formation of self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of 4-aminothiophenol (4-ATP) on polycrystalline platinum electrodes has been studied by surface analysis and electrochemistry techniques. The 4-ATP monolayer was characterized by cyclic voltammetry (CV), Raman spectroscopy, reflection absorption infrared (RAIR) spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Cyclic voltammetry (CV) experiments give an idea about the packing quality of the monolayer. RAIR and Raman spectra for 4-ATP modified platinum electrodes showed the characteristic adsorption bands for neat 4-ATP indicating the adsorption of 4-ATP molecules on platinum surface. The adsorption on platinum was also evidenced by the presence of sulfur and nitrogen peaks by XPS survey spectra of the modified platinum electrodes. High resolution XPS studies and RAIR spectrum for platinum electrodes modified with 4-ATP indicate that molecules are sulfur-bonded to the platinum surface. The formation of S-Pt bond suggests that ATP adsorption gives up an amino terminated SAM. Thickness of the monolayer was evaluated via angle-resolved XPS (AR-XPS) analyses. Derivatization of 4-ATP SAM was performed using 16-Br hexadecanoic acid.

  15. Hot-rolling nanowire transparent electrodes for surface roughness minimization.

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    Hosseinzadeh Khaligh, Hadi; Goldthorpe, Irene A

    2014-01-01

    Silver nanowire transparent electrodes are a promising alternative to transparent conductive oxides. However, their surface roughness presents a problem for their integration into devices with thin layers such as organic electronic devices. In this paper, hot rollers are used to soften plastic substrates with heat and mechanically press the nanowires into the substrate surface. By doing so, the root-mean-square surface roughness is reduced to 7 nm and the maximum peak-to-valley value is 30 nm, making the electrodes suitable for typical organic devices. This simple process requires no additional materials, which results in a higher transparency, and is compatible with roll-to-roll fabrication processes. In addition, the adhesion of the nanowires to the substrate significantly increases.

  16. Long-range surface plasmons in electrode structures

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    Stegeman, G. I.; Burke, J. J.

    1983-01-01

    Surface polaritons guided by symmetric double metal film structures are analyzed, with particular attention given to the attenuation of the two long-range modes that occur. It is found that long-range surface plasmon polariton modes do exist for double electrode structures over a limited range of material parameters. Guided by thin metal electrodes, surface plasmon polaritons can achieve millimeter plus propagation distances in the near infrared. It is pointed out that if the slab is electrooptic, then very low voltages will be needed to manipulate the waves. The fact that long-range modes exist simultaneously with junction tunnel plasmons may be of use in providing directional radiation from light-emitting junctions or the inverse process of light to electrical energy conversion.

  17. First π-linker featuring mercapto and isocyano anchoring groups within the same molecule: Synthesis, heterobimetallic complexation and self-assembly on Au(111)

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    Applegate, Jason C.; Okeowo, Monisola K.; Erickson, Nathan R.; Neal, Brad M.

    2015-01-01

    Mercapto (-SH) and isocyano (-N≡C) terminated conducting π-linkers are often employed in the ever-growing quest for organoelectronic materials. While such systems typically involve symmetric dimercapto or diisocyano anchoring of the organic bridge, this article introduces the chemistry of a linear azulenic π-linker equipped with one mercapto and one isocyano terminus. The 2-isocyano-6-mercaptoazulene platform was efficiently accessed from 2-amino-6-bromo-1,3-diethoxycarbonylazulene in four steps. The 2-N≡C end of this 2,6-azulenic motif was anchrored to the [Cr(CO)5] fragment prior to formation of its 6-SH terminus. Metalation of the 6-SH end of [(OC)5Cr(η1-2-isocyano-1,3-diethoxycarbonyl-6-mercaptoazulene)] (7) with Ph3PAuCl, under basic conditions, afforded X-ray structurally characterized heterobimetallic Cr0/AuI ensemble [(OC)5Cr(μ-η1:η1-2-isocyano-1,3-diethoxycarbonyl-6-azulenylthiolate)AuPPh3] (8). Analysis of the 13C NMR chemical shifts for the [(NC)Cr(CO)5] core in a series of the related complexes [(OC)5Cr(2-isocyano-6-X-1,3-diethoxy-carbonylazulene)] (X = -N≡C, Br,H, SH, SCH2CH2CO2CH2CH3, SAuPPh3) unveiled remarkably consistent inverse-linear correlations δ(13COtrans) vs. δ(13CN) and δ(13COcis) vs. δ(13CN) that appear to hold well beyond the above 2-isocyanoazulenic series to include complexes [(OC)5Cr(CNR)] containing strongly electron-withdrawing substituents R, such as CF3, CFClCF2Cl, C2F3, and C6F5. In addition to functioning as asensitive 13C NMR handle, the essentially C4v-symmetric [(-NC)Cr(CO)5] moiety proved to be an informative, remote, νN≡C/νC≡O infrared reporter in probing chemisorption of 7 on the Au(111) surface. PMID:26877864

  18. High surface area, low weight composite nickel fiber electrodes

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    Johnson, Bradley A.; Ferro, Richard E.; Swain, Greg M.; Tatarchuk, Bruce J.

    1993-01-01

    The energy density and power density of light weight aerospace batteries utilizing the nickel oxide electrode are often limited by the microstructures of both the collector and the resulting active deposit in/on the collector. Heretofore, these two microstructures were intimately linked to one another by the materials used to prepare the collector grid as well as the methods and conditions used to deposit the active material. Significant weight and performance advantages were demonstrated by Britton and Reid at NASA-LeRC using FIBREX nickel mats of ca. 28-32 microns diameter. Work in our laboratory investigated the potential performance advantages offered by nickel fiber composite electrodes containing a mixture of fibers as small as 2 microns diameter (Available from Memtec America Corporation). These electrode collectors possess in excess of an order of magnitude more surface area per gram of collector than FIBREX nickel. The increase in surface area of the collector roughly translates into an order of magnitude thinner layer of active material. Performance data and advantages of these thin layer structures are presented. Attributes and limitations of their electrode microstructure to independently control void volume, pore structure of the Ni(OH)2 deposition, and resulting electrical properties are discussed.

  19. C{sub 6}H{sub 6}/Au(111): Interface dipoles, band alignment, charging energy, and van der Waals interaction

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    Abad, E.; Martinez, J. I.; Flores, F.; Ortega, J.; Dappe, Y. J.

    2011-01-28

    We analyze the benzene/Au(111) interface taking into account charging energy effects to properly describe the electronic structure of the interface and van der Waals interactions to obtain the adsorption energy and geometry. We also analyze the interface dipoles and discuss the barrier formation as a function of the metal work-function. We interpret our DFT calculations within the induced density of interface states (IDIS) model. Our results compare well with experimental and other theoretical results, showing that the dipole formation of these interfaces is due to the charge transfer between the metal and benzene, as described in the IDIS model.

  20. Microfabrication of Surface Electrode Ion Traps for Quantum Information Experiments

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    Ge, Yufei; Labaziewicz, Jaroslaw; Antohi, Paul; Chuang, Isaac

    2008-03-01

    Surface electrode ion traps, while promising for large-scale quantum computation, have long been challenged by ion heating rates which increase rapidly as trap length scales are reduced. Through a series of measurements on over fifteen traps, we show that ion heating rates are surprisingly sensitive to electrode material and morphology, and in particular, to details of the fabrication procedure. For example, one 75 μm size trap, made of chemically etched silver on a single crystal quartz substrate, showed a minimum heating rate of ˜40 quanta/second, when prepared by annealing at 760^oC in vacuum for one hour. This annealing smooths sharp edges, and significantly reduces breakdown voltage. However, if the annealing temperature is lowered to 720^oC, leaving the breakdown voltage still robustly high, the heating rate jumps to ˜1000 quanta/second. With electroplated gold, on a silver seed layer, a record low heating rate of ˜2 quanta/second is obtained. We present details of the fabrication procedures, evaluate alternative electrode materials such as niobium nitride, and explain how these measurements were obtained with an ion trap operated at 6 Kelvin, containing a single strontium ion, sideband cooled to its quantum ground state of motion.

  1. Multifunctional Indium Tin Oxide Electrode Generated by Unusual Surface Modification

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    Bouden, Sarra; Dahi, Antoine; Hauquier, Fanny; Randriamahazaka, Hyacinthe; Ghilane, Jalal

    2016-11-01

    The indium tin oxide (ITO) material has been widely used in various scientific fields and has been successfully implemented in several devices. Herein, the electrochemical reduction of ITO electrode in an organic electrolytic solution containing alkali metal, NaI, or redox molecule, N-(ferrocenylmethyl) imidazolium iodide, was investigated. The reduced ITO surfaces were investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and grazing incident XRD demonstrating the presence of the electrolyte cation inside the material. Reversibility of this process after re-oxidation was evidenced by XPS. Using a redox molecule based ionic liquid as supporting electrolyte leads to fellow electrochemically the intercalation process. As a result, modified ITO containing ferrocenyl imidazolium was easily generated. This reduction process occurs at mild reducing potential around ‑1.8 V and causes for higher reducing potential a drastic morphological change accompanied with a decrease of the electrode conductivity at the macroscopic scale. Finally, the self-reducing power of the reduced ITO phase was used to initiate the spontaneous reduction of silver ions leading to the growth of Ag nanoparticles. As a result, transparent and multifunctional active ITO surfaces were generated bearing redox active molecules inside the material and Ag nanoparticles onto the surface.

  2. Multifunctional Indium Tin Oxide Electrode Generated by Unusual Surface Modification

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    Bouden, Sarra; Dahi, Antoine; Hauquier, Fanny; Randriamahazaka, Hyacinthe; Ghilane, Jalal

    2016-01-01

    The indium tin oxide (ITO) material has been widely used in various scientific fields and has been successfully implemented in several devices. Herein, the electrochemical reduction of ITO electrode in an organic electrolytic solution containing alkali metal, NaI, or redox molecule, N-(ferrocenylmethyl) imidazolium iodide, was investigated. The reduced ITO surfaces were investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and grazing incident XRD demonstrating the presence of the electrolyte cation inside the material. Reversibility of this process after re-oxidation was evidenced by XPS. Using a redox molecule based ionic liquid as supporting electrolyte leads to fellow electrochemically the intercalation process. As a result, modified ITO containing ferrocenyl imidazolium was easily generated. This reduction process occurs at mild reducing potential around −1.8 V and causes for higher reducing potential a drastic morphological change accompanied with a decrease of the electrode conductivity at the macroscopic scale. Finally, the self-reducing power of the reduced ITO phase was used to initiate the spontaneous reduction of silver ions leading to the growth of Ag nanoparticles. As a result, transparent and multifunctional active ITO surfaces were generated bearing redox active molecules inside the material and Ag nanoparticles onto the surface. PMID:27857192

  3. Structural investigation of 1,1'-biphenyl-4-thiol self-assembled monolayers on Au(111) by scanning tunneling microscopy and low-energy electron diffraction.

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    Matei, D G; Muzik, H; Gölzhäuser, A; Turchanin, A

    2012-10-02

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of 1,1'-biphenyl-4-thiol (H-(C(6)H(4))(2)-SH) on Au(111) were prepared from solution or via vapor deposition in ultrahigh vacuum and characterized by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). In contrast to the typically observed for densely packed alkane-thiol SAMs on Au(111) (√3 × √3)R30° structure, the densely packed aromatic biphenylthiol SAMs prepared by both methods exhibit an unusual hexagonal (2 × 2) structure. Upon annealing at 100 °C, this structure evolves into the (2 × 7√3) structure resulting in the formation of highly ordered pinstripes oriented along the [1 -1 0] directions. Lower density SAMs, prepared by vapor deposition in vacuum, show mixed structures comprising the hexagonal (2 × 2) structure and two rectangular arrangements with the unit cells of (3√3 × 9) and (2√3 × 8). An extinction of the (3√3 × 9) structure in the favor of the (2√3 × 8) structure is observed upon annealing at temperatures of ~100 °C.

  4. Surface modifications of electrode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Fu, L. J.; Liu, H.; Li, C.; Wu, Y. P.; Rahm, E.; Holze, R.; Wu, H. Q.

    2006-02-01

    Since the birth of the lithium ion battery in the early 1990s, its development has been very rapid and it has been widely applied as power source for a lot of light and high value electronics due to its significant advantages over traditional rechargeable battery systems. Recent research demonstrates the importance of surface structural features of electrode materials for their electrochemical performance, and in this paper the latest progress on this aspect is reviewed. Electrode materials are either anodic or cathodic ones. The former mainly include graphitic carbons, whose surfaces can be modified by mild oxidation, deposition of metals and metal oxides, coating with polymers and other kinds of carbons. Through these modifications, the surface structures of the graphitic carbon anodes are improved, and these improvements include: (1) smoothing the active edge surfaces by removing some reactive sites and/or defects on the graphite surface, (2) forming a dense oxide layer on the graphite surface, and (3) covering active edge structures on the graphite surface. Meanwhile, other accompanying changes occur: (1) production of nanochannels/micropores, (2) an increase in the electronic conductivity, (3) an inhibition of structural changes during cycling, (4) a reduction of the thickness of the SEI (solid-electrolyte-interface) layer, and (5) an increase in the number of host sites for lithium storage. As a result, the direct contact of graphite with the electrolyte solution is prevented, its surface reactivity with electrolytes, the decomposition of electrolytes, the co-intercalation of the solvated lithium ions and the charge-transfer resistance are decreased, and the movement of graphene sheets is inhibited. When the surfaces of cathode materials, mainly including LiCoO 2, LiNiO 2 and LiMn 2O 4, are coated with oxides such as MgO, Al 2O 3, ZnO, SnO 2, ZrO 2, Li 2Oṡ2B 2O 3 glass and other electroactive oxides, the coating can prevent their direct contact with the

  5. Effect of surface modifiers on the electrode reactions and conformation of cytochrome c3 adsorbed on a silver electrode.

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    Hobara, D; Niki, K; Cotton, T M

    1998-01-01

    Surface-enhanced resonance Raman scattering and electroreflectance voltammetry were used to investigate the effect of electrode surface modification on the structure and redox properties of cytochrome c3 immobilized on Ag surfaces. It is shown that the redox reactions of cytochrome c3 are more reversible at an 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid modified Ag electrode as compared to a bare metal surface. The heme of cytochrome c3 is in a mixed low and high spin state when adsorbed at the bare electrode, whereas only the low spin form is present on the 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid modified electrode, suggesting that the native conformation is maintained in the latter case. The reduction potential is close to that of the most positive macroscopic potential as determined by electroreflectance spectroscopy. In contrast, the reduction potential as determined by SERRS undergoes a large positive shift in the presence of 4,4'-bipyridine, the magnitude of which is dependent upon the concentration of 4,4'-bipyridine. These results indicate that the effect of the cytochrome c3 interaction with the 4,4'-bipyridine-modified surface is significantly different as compared to its interaction with the 11-mercaptoundecaodoic acid modified surface. Moreover, the results emphasize that electrode modifiers can have dramatically different effects on the redox properties of different proteins. It is well known that 4,4'-bipyridine acts as a redox promoter in the case of cytochrome c, whereas no electrochemical or electroreflectance response was observed in the case of cytochrome c3.

  6. Catalytic aspects of metallophthalocyanines adsorbed on gold-electrode. Theoretical exploration of the binding nature role.

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    Miranda-Rojas, Sebastián; Sierra-Rosales, Paulina; Muñoz-Castro, Alvaro; Arratia-Pérez, Ramiro; Zagal, José Heráclito; Mendizábal, Fernando

    2016-10-26

    The need of deeper insights regarding the inner working of catalysts represents a current challenge in the search of new ways to tune their activities towards new chemical transformations. Within this field, metallophthalocyanines-based (MPc) electrocatalysis has gained tremendous attention due to their versatility, low cost, great stability and excellent turn-over properties. In this concern, here we present a quantum chemical study of the formation of supramolecular complexes based on the adsorption of MPcs on gold substrates, and the effect of the substrate on their electrocatalytic properties. For this purpose, we used iron- (FePc), cobalt- (CoPc) and copper-phthalocyanines (CuPc). To model the gold surface we used two gold clusters of different sizes, given by Au26 and Au58 accounting for gold electrode Au(111) surface. Thus, both electronic and binding strength features of the adsorption process between the complexes were analyzed in detail in order to gain a deeper description of the nature of the MPc-Au(111) formation, by using Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations, at the PBE and TPSS levels including the dispersive contribution according to the Grimme approach (D3). Our results show that dispersion forces rule the MPc-gold interaction, with binding strengths ranging between 61 and 153 kcal mol(-1), in agreement to the reported experimental data. To provide a detailed picture of our findings we used the non-covalent interactions index (NCIs) analysis, which offers additional chemical insights regarding the forces that control their interaction strength. Finally, our calculations revealed that among the three MPcs, CuPc required less energy for its oxidation. However, the removal of the electron involves a tremendous decrease of the MPc-gold surface interaction strength thus suggesting its desorption, which would prevent the required reversibility of the redox reaction, explaining its low performance observed experimentally.

  7. Formation of a 1,8-octanedithiol self-assembled monolayer on Au(111) prepared in a lyotropic liquid-crystalline medium.

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    García Raya, Daniel; Madueño, Rafael; Blázquez, Manuel; Pineda, Teresa

    2010-07-20

    A characterization of the 1,8-octanedithiol (ODT) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) formed from a Triton X-100 lyotropic medium has been conducted by electrochemical techniques. It is found that an ODT layer of standing-up molecules is obtained at short modification time without removing oxygen from the medium. The electrochemical study shows that the ODT layer formed after 15 min of modification time has similar electron-transfer blocking properties to the layers formed from organic solvents at much longer modification times. On the basis of XPS data, it is demonstrated that the inability to bind gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) is due to the presence of extra ODT molecules either interdigited or on top of the layer. Treatment consisting of an acid washing step following the formation of the ODT-Au(111) SAM produces a layer that is able to attach AuNPs as demonstrated by electrochemical techniques and atomic force microscopy (AFM) images.

  8. Conductive polymer foam surface improves the performance of a capacitive EEG electrode.

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    Baek, Hyun Jae; Lee, Hong Ji; Lim, Yong Gyu; Park, Kwang Suk

    2012-12-01

    In this paper, a new conductive polymer foam-surfaced electrode was proposed for use as a capacitive EEG electrode for nonintrusive EEG measurements in out-of-hospital environments. The current capacitive electrode has a rigid surface that produces an undefined contact area due to its stiffness, which renders it unable to conform to head curvature and locally isolates hairs between the electrode surface and scalp skin, making EEG measurement through hair difficult. In order to overcome this issue, a conductive polymer foam was applied to the capacitive electrode surface to provide a cushioning effect. This enabled EEG measurement through hair without any conductive contact with bare scalp skin. Experimental results showed that the new electrode provided lower electrode-skin impedance and higher voltage gains, signal-to-noise ratios, signal-to-error ratios, and correlation coefficients between EEGs measured by capacitive and conventional resistive methods compared to a conventional capacitive electrode. In addition, the new electrode could measure EEG signals, while the conventional capacitive electrode could not. We expect that the new electrode presented here can be easily installed in a hat or helmet to create a nonintrusive wearable EEG apparatus that does not make users look strange for real-world EEG applications.

  9. Nanoscopic and redox characterization of engineered horse cytochrome C chemisorbed on a bare gold electrode.

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    Andolfi, Laura; Caroppi, Paola; Bizzarri, Anna Rita; Piro, Maria Cristina; Sinibaldi, Federica; Ferri, Tommaso; Polticelli, Fabio; Cannistraro, Salvatore; Santucci, Roberto

    2007-06-01

    In this paper, we exploit the potential offered by site-directed mutagenesis to achieve direct adsorption of horse cyt c on a bare gold electrode surface. To this issue, the side chain T102 has been replaced by a cysteine. T102 is close to the surface exposed C-terminal residue (E104), therefore the T102C mutation is expected to generate an exposed cysteine side chain able to facilitate protein binding to the electrode via the sulphur atom (analogously to what observed for yeast iso-1-cyt c). Scanning Tunnelling and Tapping Mode Atomic Force Microscopy measurements show that the T102C mutant stably adsorbs on an Au(111) surface and retains the morphological characteristics of the native form. Cyclic voltammetry reveals that the adsorbed variant is electroactive; however, the heterogeneous electron transfer with the electrode surface is slower than that observed for yeast iso-1-cyt c. We ascribe it to differences in the tertiary architecture of the two proteins, characterized by different flexibility and stability. In particular, the region where the N- and C-terminal helices get in contact (and where the mutation occurs) is analyzed in detail, since the interactions between these two helices are considered crucial for the stability of the overall protein fold.

  10. Tip surface changes in endocardial stimulation electrode, visualised by scanning electron microscopy.

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    Hladky, M; Horn, V; Kamaryt, P; Cabanova, J; Zeman, K

    1975-01-01

    The authors have been probably the first investigators who applied scanning electron microscopy to studies of the changes occurring in the surface of the metalic tip of an endocardial stimulating electrode. They found a lowered conductivity for secondary electron emission, and describe the surface changes in a platiniridium-tipped electrode which had been used for almost four years, in comparison with an unused electrode.

  11. Restructuring of an Ir(210) electrode surface by potential cycling.

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    Soliman, Khaled A; Kolb, Dieter M; Kibler, Ludwig A; Jacob, Timo

    2014-01-01

    This study addresses the electrochemical surface faceting and restructuring of Ir(210) single crystal electrodes. Cyclic voltammetry measurements and in situ scanning tunnelling microscopy are used to probe structural changes and variations in the electrochemical behaviour after potential cycling of Ir(210) in 0.1 M H2SO4. Faceted structures are obtained electrochemically as a function of time by cycling at a scanrate of 1 V·s(-1) between -0.28 and 0.70 V vs SCE, i.e., between the onset of hydrogen evolution and the surface oxidation regime. The electrochemical behaviour in sulfuric acid solution is compared with that of thermally faceted Ir(210), which shows a sharp characteristic voltammetric peak for (311) facets. Structures similar to thermally-induced faceted Ir(210) are obtained electrochemically, which typically correspond to polyoriented facets at nano-pyramids. These structures grow anisotropically in a preferred direction and reach a height of about 5 nm after 4 h of cycling. The structural changes are reflected in variations of the electrocatalytic activity towards carbon monoxide adlayer oxidation.

  12. Restructuring of an Ir(210) electrode surface by potential cycling

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    Soliman, Khaled A; Kolb, Dieter M; Jacob, Timo

    2014-01-01

    Summary This study addresses the electrochemical surface faceting and restructuring of Ir(210) single crystal electrodes. Cyclic voltammetry measurements and in situ scanning tunnelling microscopy are used to probe structural changes and variations in the electrochemical behaviour after potential cycling of Ir(210) in 0.1 M H2SO4. Faceted structures are obtained electrochemically as a function of time by cycling at a scanrate of 1 V·s−1 between −0.28 and 0.70 V vs SCE, i.e., between the onset of hydrogen evolution and the surface oxidation regime. The electrochemical behaviour in sulfuric acid solution is compared with that of thermally faceted Ir(210), which shows a sharp characteristic voltammetric peak for (311) facets. Structures similar to thermally-induced faceted Ir(210) are obtained electrochemically, which typically correspond to polyoriented facets at nano-pyramids. These structures grow anisotropically in a preferred direction and reach a height of about 5 nm after 4 h of cycling. The structural changes are reflected in variations of the electrocatalytic activity towards carbon monoxide adlayer oxidation. PMID:25247118

  13. Attaching Thiolated Superconductor Grains on Gold Surfaces for Nanoelectronics Applications

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    De Los Santos Valladares, Luis; Bustamante Dominguez, Angel; Llandro, Justin; Suzuki, Seiichi; Mitrelias, Thanos; Bellido Quispe, Richard; Barnes, Crispin H. W.; Majima, Yutaka

    2010-09-01

    We report that the high critical temperature superconductor (HTCS) LaCaBaCu3O7 in the form of nanograins can be linked to Au(111) surfaces through self assembled monolayers (SAMs) of HS-C8H16-HS [octane (di)thiol]. We show that La1113 particles (100 nm mean diameter) can be functionalized by octane (di)thiol without affecting their superconducting critical temperature (TC=80 K). X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) analysis reveals that the thiol functional heads link the superconducting grain surfaces creating sulfonates and we deduce that bonding between the S atoms and Cu(1) atoms of the La1113 structure would be formed. We suggest a design for a superconducting transistor fabricated by immobilized La1113 nanograins in between two gold electrodes which could be controlled by an external magnetic field gate.

  14. Surface analysis of supercapacitor electrodes after long-lasting constant current tests

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    Jänes, Alar; Eskusson, Jaanus; Lust, Enn

    2013-12-01

    FIB-SEM, XPS, TOF-SIMS and electrochemical methods have been used for the characterisation of physical properties and chemical composition of microporous carbide derived carbon electrodes, prepared from TiC at 950 °C (noted as TiC-CDC) after 40000 charge/discharge cycles. Changes in surface chemical composition of TiC-CDC electrodes, includes partial contamination with reaction intermediates (F2, CHO-, CN-, organic radicals), and Al current collectors, like partial dissolution of Al from positively charged electrode and deposition of Al onto the negatively charged TiC-CDC electrode surface, have been analysed.

  15. How voltage drops are manifested by lithium ion configurations at interfaces and in thin films on battery electrodes

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    Leung, Kevin; Leenheer, Andrew Jay

    2015-04-09

    Battery electrode surfaces are generally coated with electronically insulating solid films of thickness 1-50 nm. Both electrons and Li+ can move at the electrode–surface film interface in response to the voltage, which adds complexity to the “electric double layer” (EDL). We also apply Density Functional Theory (DFT) to investigate how the applied voltage is manifested as changes in the EDL at atomic length scales, including charge separation and interfacial dipole moments. Illustrating examples include Li3PO4, Li2CO3, and LixMn2O4 thin films on Au(111) surfaces under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. Adsorbed organic solvent molecules can strongly reduce voltages predicted in vacuum. We propose that manipulating surface dipoles, seldom discussed in battery studies, may be a viable strategy to improve electrode passivation. We also distinguish the computed potential governing electrons, which is the actual or instantaneous voltage, and the “lithium cohesive energy”-based voltage governing Li content widely reported in DFT calculations, which is a slower-responding self-consistency criterion at interfaces. Furthermore, this distinction is critical for a comprehensive description of electrochemical activities on electrode surfaces, including Li+ insertion dynamics, parasitic electrolyte decomposition, and electrodeposition at overpotentials.

  16. How voltage drops are manifested by lithium ion configurations at interfaces and in thin films on battery electrodes

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    Leung, Kevin; Leenheer, Andrew Jay

    2015-04-09

    Battery electrode surfaces are generally coated with electronically insulating solid films of thickness 1-50 nm. Both electrons and Li+ can move at the electrode–surface film interface in response to the voltage, which adds complexity to the “electric double layer” (EDL). We also apply Density Functional Theory (DFT) to investigate how the applied voltage is manifested as changes in the EDL at atomic length scales, including charge separation and interfacial dipole moments. Illustrating examples include Li3PO4, Li2CO3, and LixMn2O4 thin films on Au(111) surfaces under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. Adsorbed organic solvent molecules can strongly reduce voltages predicted in vacuum. We proposemore » that manipulating surface dipoles, seldom discussed in battery studies, may be a viable strategy to improve electrode passivation. We also distinguish the computed potential governing electrons, which is the actual or instantaneous voltage, and the “lithium cohesive energy”-based voltage governing Li content widely reported in DFT calculations, which is a slower-responding self-consistency criterion at interfaces. Furthermore, this distinction is critical for a comprehensive description of electrochemical activities on electrode surfaces, including Li+ insertion dynamics, parasitic electrolyte decomposition, and electrodeposition at overpotentials.« less

  17. Direct observation of lanthanide(III)-phthalocyanine molecules on Au(111) by using scanning tunneling microscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy and thin-film field-effect transistor properties of Tb(III)- and Dy(III)-phthalocyanine molecules.

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    Katoh, Keiichi; Yoshida, Yusuke; Yamashita, Masahiro; Miyasaka, Hitoshi; Breedlove, Brian K; Kajiwara, Takashi; Takaishi, Shinya; Ishikawa, Naoto; Isshiki, Hironari; Zhang, Yan Feng; Komeda, Tadahiro; Yamagishi, Masakazu; Takeya, Jun

    2009-07-29

    The crystal structures of double-decker single molecule magnets (SMM) LnPc(2) (Ln = Tb(III) and Dy(III); Pc = phthalocyanine) and non-SMM YPc(2) were determined by using X-ray diffraction analysis. The compounds are isomorphous to each other. The compounds have metal centers (M = Tb(3+), Dy(3+), and Y(3+)) sandwiched by two Pc ligands via eight isoindole-nitrogen atoms in a square-antiprism fashion. The twist angle between the two Pc ligands is 41.4 degrees. Scanning tunneling microscopy was used to investigate the compounds adsorbed on a Au(111) surface, deposited by using the thermal evaporation in ultrahigh vacuum. Both MPc(2) with eight lobes and MPc with four lobes, which has lost one Pc ligand, were observed. In the scanning tunneling spectroscopy images of TbPc molecules at 4.8 K, a Kondo peak with a Kondo temperature (T(K)) of approximately 250 K was observed near the Fermi level (V = 0 V). On the other hand, DyPc, YPc, and MPc(2) exhibited no Kondo peak. To understand the observed Kondo effect, the energy splitting of sublevels in a crystal field should be taken into consideration. As the next step in our studies on the SMM/Kondo effect in Tb-Pc derivatives, we investigated the electronic transport properties of Ln-Pc molecules as the active layer in top- and bottom-contact thin-film organic field effect transistor devices. Tb-Pc molecule devices exhibit p-type semiconducting properties with a hole mobility (mu(H)) of approximately 10(-4) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1). Interestingly, the Dy-Pc based devices exhibited ambipolar semiconducting properties with an electron mobility (mu(e)) of approximately 10(-5) and a mu(H) of approximately 10(-4) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1). This behavior has important implications for the electronic structure of the molecules.

  18. Platinum electrode modification: Unique surface carbonization approach to improve performance and sensitivity.

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    Lee, Hwi Yong; Barber, Cedrick; Minerick, Adrienne R

    2015-08-01

    Many microfluidic devices, also known as lab-on-a-chip devices, employ electrochemical detection methods using microelectrodes. Miniaturizing electrodes inevitably reduces electrode sensitivity and decreases the S/N, which limits applications within microfluidic devices. However, microelectrode surface modification can increase the surface area and sensitivity. In the present work, we report substantial improvement in platinum electrode performance and sensitivity by coating with carbon from red blood cells. The larger goal of this work was to measure DC electrical resistances of red blood cell suspensions in a microchannel for hematocrit determination. It was observed that as current responses of red blood cell suspensions were measured, the platinum electrode performance (reproducibility and S/N) improved with time. The platinum electrode electrocatalytic activity for red blood cell current measurements improved by 140%. Systematic experimentation revealed that red blood cells adsorb and carbonize the platinum electrode surfaces. The electrode surfaces before and after performance improvements were analyzed by field emission scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectrometry, and Raman spectrometry. The formed carbon layers on the electrode surfaces were found to be proteomic and increased surface area with a porous three-dimensional structure, thus improving performance and stabilizing currents.

  19. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering of single-walled carbon nanotubes on modified silver electrode.

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    Hou, Xiaomiao; Fang, Yan

    2008-04-01

    A roughed silver electrode modified with gold/silver nanoparticles is used as a substrate, on which high quality SERS of SWCNTs are obtained, indicating that the modified silver electrode is a high-quality SERS-active substrate for SWCNTs. Some new bands that indicate the structure of SWCNTs were obtained. The gold/silver nanoparticles modified on the roughed silver electrode surface can not only make sure the strong adsorption of SWCNTs in this system but also play an important role in magnifying the surface local electric field near the silver electrode surface through resonant surface plasmon excitation. From the rich information on the modified silver electrode obtained from the SERS and the potential dependent SERS, we may deduce the probable SERS mechanism in the process. The theory and experiment results indicate that it is can be used as a new technique for monitoring synthesis quality of SWCNTs. The probable reasons are given.

  20. Ethanol oxidation on Pt single-crystal electrodes: surface-structure effects in alkaline medium.

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    Busó-Rogero, Carlos; Herrero, Enrique; Feliu, Juan M

    2014-07-21

    Ethanol oxidation in 0.1 M NaOH on single-crystal electrodes has been studied using electrochemical and FTIR techniques. The results show that the activity order is the opposite of that found in acidic solutions. The Pt(111) electrode displays the highest currents and also the highest onset potential of all the electrodes. The onset potential for the oxidation of ethanol is linked to the adsorption of OH on the electrode surface. However, small (or even negligible) amounts of CO(ads) and carbonate are detected by FTIR, which implies that cleavage of the C-C bond is not favored in this medium. The activity of the electrodes diminishes quickly upon cycling. The diminution of the activity is proportional to the measured currents and is linked to the formation and polymerization of acetaldehyde, which adsorbs onto the electrode surface and prevents further oxidation.

  1. Transition voltages of vacuum-spaced and molecular junctions with Ag and Pt electrodes

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    Wu, Kunlin; Bai, Meilin; Hou, Shimin; Sanvito, Stefano

    2014-07-07

    The transition voltage of vacuum-spaced and molecular junctions constructed with Ag and Pt electrodes is investigated by non-equilibrium Green's function formalism combined with density functional theory. Our calculations show that, similarly to the case of Au-vacuum-Au previously studied, the transition voltages of Ag and Pt metal-vacuum-metal junctions with atomic protrusions on the electrode surface are determined by the local density of states of the p-type atomic orbitals of the protrusion. Since the energy position of the Pt 6p atomic orbitals is higher than that of the 5p/6p of Ag and Au, the transition voltage of Pt-vacuum-Pt junctions is larger than that of both Ag-vacuum-Ag and Au-vacuum-Au junctions. When one moves to analyzing asymmetric molecular junctions constructed with biphenyl thiol as central molecule, then the transition voltage is found to depend on the specific bonding site for the sulfur atom in the thiol group. In particular agreement with experiments, where the largest transition voltage is found for Ag and the smallest for Pt, is obtained when one assumes S binding at the hollow-bridge site on the Ag/Au(111) surface and at the adatom site on the Pt(111) one. This demonstrates the critical role played by the linker-electrode binding geometry in determining the transition voltage of devices made of conjugated thiol molecules.

  2. Electrode

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    Clere, T.M.

    1983-08-30

    A 3-dimensional electrode is disclosed having substantially coplanar and substantially flat portions and ribbon-like curved portions, said curved portions being symmetrical and alternating in rows above and below said substantially coplanar, substantially flat portions, respectively, and a geometric configuration presenting in one sectional aspect the appearance of a series of ribbon-like oblate spheroids interrupted by said flat portions and in another sectional aspect, 90/sup 0/ from said one aspect, the appearance of a square wave pattern.

  3. In situ plasma removal of surface contaminants from ion trap electrodes

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    Haltli, Raymond A.

    2015-05-01

    In this thesis, the construction and implementation of an in situ plasma discharge designed to remove surface contaminants from electrodes in an ion trapping experimental system is presented with results. In recent years, many advances have been made in using ion traps for quantum information processing. All of the criteria defined by DiVincenzo for using ion traps for implementing a quantum computer have been individually demonstrated, and in particular surface traps provide a scalable platform for ions. In order to be used for quantum algorithms, trapped ions need to be cooled to their motional (quantum mechanical) ground state. One of the hurdles in integrating surface ion traps for a quantum computer is minimizing electric field noise, which causes the ion to heat out of its motional ground state and which increases with smaller ion-to-electrode distances realized with surface traps. Surface contamination of trap electrodes is speculated to be the primary source of electric field noise. The main goal achieved by this work was to implement an in situ surface cleaning solution for surface electrode ion traps, which would not modify the ion trap electrode surface metal. Care was taken in applying the RF power in order to localize a plasma near the trap electrodes. A method for characterizing the energy of the plasma ions arriving at the ion trap surface is presented and results for plasma ion energies are shown. Finally, a method for quantifying the effectiveness of plasma cleaning of trap electrodes, using the surface analysis technique of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy for measuring the amount and kind of surface contaminants, is described. A significant advantage of the trap electrode surface cleaning method presented here is the minimal changes necessary for implementation on a working ion trap experimental system.

  4. Flexible shrink-induced high surface area electrodes for electrochemiluminescent sensing.

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    Pegan, Jonathan D; Ho, Adrienne Y; Bachman, Mark; Khine, Michelle

    2013-11-07

    Photolithographically defined metallic thin film on commodity shrink-wrap is leveraged to create robust electrodes. By thermally shrinking the film, electrodes are reduced by 20× in footprint for improved resolution and conductivity with >600% enhancements in electrochemically active surface area; as electrochemiluminescent sensors, they demonstrate improved limits of detection.

  5. Cluster variation study of the underpotential deposition of Cu on Au(111) in the presence of bisulfate

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    Huckaby, Dale A.; Legault, Marc D.; Blum, L.

    1998-09-01

    A cluster variation method is developed to study the phase transitions and the structures of phases which occur at the fluid-crystal interface during the underpotential deposition of a metal on an electrode in the presence of an anion, such as bisulfate. In addition to the possibility of first-order condensation phase transitions occurring during the deposition of a metal, the steric repulsion of adsorbed anions can also cause an order-disorder transition. Using clusters containing six adsorption sites, the method is applied to the underpotential deposition of copper on (111) gold in the presence of bisulfate. In order to fix a constant in the expression for the entropy, the effect of the hard-core exclusion of a pair of first-neighbor bisulfates, in addition to the effect of finite interactions, is calculated exactly in the limit of high temperature. The cluster method yields two coupled adsorption isotherms for copper and bisulfate in terms of their activities and coverages. The resulting isotherms show an order-disorder transition due to the hard-core exclusion of neighboring bisulfate ions, as well as two first-order phase transitions in the copper and bisulfate coverages which correspond to the two spikes in the experimental voltammogram. The cluster method also gives the local structure of the phases which occur as the voltage is changed.

  6. Electrochemical oxidation of guanine: electrode reaction mechanism and tailoring carbon electrode surfaces to switch between adsorptive and diffusional responses.

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    Li, Qian; Batchelor-McAuley, Christopher; Compton, Richard G

    2010-06-03

    The electrochemical oxidation of guanine is studied in aqueous media at various carbon electrodes. Specifically edge plane pyrolytic graphite (EPPG), basal plane pyrolytic graphite (BPPG), and highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) were used, and the voltammetry was found to vary significantly. In all cases, signals characteristic of adsorbed guanine were seen and the total charge passed varied from surface to surface in the order roughened BPPG > EPPG > BPPG > HOPG. It is of note that the peak height for the EPPG electrode is less than that found for roughened BPPG; furthermore, across the series of electrodes, there is a significant decrease in peak potential with increasing density of edge plane sites present at the electrode surface. This leads us to conclude that there are two dominating and controlling factors present: (i) the density of basal plane sites on which guanine can adsorb and (ii) the density of edge plane sites necessary for the electro-oxidation of the analyte. This conclusion is corroborated through further experiments with multi- and single-walled carbon nanotubes. Adsorption was seen to be enhanced by modification of the EPPG surface with alumina particles, and as such, increased peak signals were observed in their presence. It is further reported that via the pre-adsorption of acetone onto the graphite surface that the adsorption of guanine may be blocked, resulting in a diffusional voltammetric signal. This diffusional response has been successfully modeled and gives insight into the complex -4e(-), -4H(+) oxidation mechanism; specifically, it enables explanation of the observed change in rate-determining step with scan rate. The oxidation of guanine first proceeds via a two-electron oxidation followed by a chemical step to form 8-oxoguanine, then 8-oxoguanine is then further oxidized to form nonelectroactive products. The change is mechanism is attributed to the variation in potential of the first and second electron transfer with scan

  7. The Effect of Anodic Surface Treatment on the Oxidation of Catechols at Ultrasmall Carbon Ring Electrodes

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    1991-07-09

    selectivity. A model of the surface formed following anodic oxidation is consistent with previous models involving both surface cleanliness and carbon...involving both surface cleanliness and carbon structure orientation. 2 INTRODUCTION Because of the vast electroanalytical utility of carbon electrodes...of the electron transfer rate following treatment are a function of the surface cleanliness and the orientation of the carbon structure

  8. Investigation of the deposition and thermal behavior of striped phases of unsymmetric disulfide self-assembled monolayers on Au(111): The case of 11-hydroxyundecyl decyl disulfide

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    Albayrak, Erol; Karabuga, Semistan; Bracco, Gianangelo; Danışman, M. Fatih

    2015-01-07

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of unsymmetric disulfides on Au(111) are used to form mixed SAMs that can be utilized in many applications. Here, we have studied 11-hydroxyundecyl decyl disulfide (CH{sub 3}–(CH{sub 2}){sub 9}–S–S–(CH{sub 2}){sub 11}–OH, HDD) SAMs produced by supersonic molecular beam deposition and characterized by He diffraction. The film growth was monitored at different temperatures up to a coverage which corresponds to a full lying down phase and the diffraction analysis shows that below 250 K the phase is different from the phase measured above 300 K. During the annealing of the film, two phase transitions were observed, at 250 K and 350 K. The overall data suggest that the former is related to an irreversible phase separation of HDD above 250 K to decanethiolate (–S–(CH{sub 2}){sub 9}–CH{sub 3}, DTT) and hydroxyundecylthiolate (–S–(CH{sub 2}){sub 11}–OH, MUDT), while the latter to a reversible melting of the film. Above 450 K, the specular intensity shows an increase related to film desorption and different chemisorbed states were observed with energies in the same range as observed for decanethiol (H–S–(CH{sub 2}){sub 9}–CH{sub 3}, DT) and mercaptoundecanol (H–S–(CH{sub 2}){sub 11}–OH, MUD) SAMs.

  9. Assembly of Self-Cleaning Electrode Surface for the Development of Refreshable Biosensors.

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    Zhu, Xiaoli; Chen, Yaoyao; Feng, Chang; Wang, Wei; Bo, Bing; Ren, Ruixin; Li, Genxi

    2017-04-04

    Passivation of electrode surface and tedious reconstruction of biosensing architectures have long plagued researchers for the development of electrochemical biosensors. Here, we report a novel self-cleaning electrode by modifying the commonly used working electrode with superhydrophobic and conductive nanocomposite. Owing to the superhydrophobicity and the chemical stability, the electrode avoids passivation result from both adsorption of molecules and oxidation in air. The high conductivity and the high effective area also allow the achievement of enhanced electrochemical signals. On the basis of comprehensive studies on this novel electrode, we have applied it in the fabrication of refreshable electrochemical biosensors for both electro-active and electro-inactive targets. For both cases, detection of the targets can be well performed, and the self-cleaning electrode can be refreshed by simply washing and applied for successive measurements in a long period.

  10. Electrochemical oxidation of hydrazine and its derivatives on the surface of metal electrodes in alkaline media

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    Asazawa, Koichiro; Yamada, Koji; Tanaka, Hirohisa; Taniguchi, Masatoshi; Oguro, Keisuke

    Electrochemical oxidation of hydrazine and its derivatives on the surface of various metal electrodes in alkaline media was investigated. A comparison of various polycrystalline metal electrodes (Ni, Co, Fe, Cu, Ag, Au, and Pt) showed that Co and Ni electrodes have a lower onset potential for hydrazine oxidation than the Pt electrode. The onset oxidation potential of APA (aminopolyacrylamide), a hydrazine derivative (-0.127 V vs. reversible hydrogen electrode, RHE), was similar to that of hydrazine hydrate (-0.178 V vs. RHE) in the case of the Co electrode. APA oxidation was possible because of hydrazine desorption that was caused by APA hydrolysis. The hydrolysis reaction was brought about by a heat treatment. This result suggests that the hydrazine hydrolysis reaction of hydrazine derivatives makes it possible to store hydrazine hydrate safely.

  11. Effects of electrode surface roughness on motional heating of trapped ions

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    Lin, Kuan-Yu; Low, Guang Hao; Chuang, Isaac L.

    2016-07-01

    Electric-field noise is a major source of motional heating in trapped-ion quantum computation. While the influence of trap-electrode geometries on electric-field noise has been studied in patch potential and surface adsorbate models, only smooth surfaces are accounted for by current theory. The effects of roughness, a ubiquitous feature of surface electrodes, are poorly understood. We investigate its impact on electric-field noise by deriving a rough-surface Green's function and evaluating its effects on adsorbate-surface binding energies. At cryogenic temperatures, heating-rate contributions from adsorbates are predicted to exhibit an exponential sensitivity to local surface curvature, leading to either a large net enhancement or suppression over smooth surfaces. For typical experimental parameters, orders-of-magnitude variations in total heating rates can occur depending on the spatial distribution of adsorbates. Through careful engineering of electrode surface profiles, our results suggests that heating rates can be tuned over orders of magnitudes.

  12. Silver nanowire/polyaniline composite transparent electrode with improved surface properties

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    Kumar, A.B.V. Kiran; Jiang, Jianwei; Bae, Chang Wan; Seo, Dong Min; Piao, Longhai Kim, Sang-Ho

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • AgNWs/PANI transparent electrode was prepared by layer-by-layer coating method. • The surface roughness of the electrode reached to 6.5 nm (root mean square). • The electrode had reasonable sheet resistance (25 Ω/□) and transmittance (83.5%). - Abstract: Silver nanowires (AgNWs) are as potential candidates to replace indium tin oxide (ITO) in transparent electrodes because of their preferred conducting and optical properties. However, their rough surface properties are not favorable for the fabrication of optoelectronic devices, such as displays and thin-film solar cells. In the present investigation, AgNWs/polyaniline composite transparent electrodes with better surface properties were successfully prepared. AgNWs were incorporated into polyaniline:polystyrene sulfonate (PANI:PSS) by layer-by-layer coating and mechanical pressing. PANI:PSS decreased the surface roughness of the AgNWs electrode by filling the gap of the random AgNWs network. The transparent composite electrode had decreased surface roughness (root mean square 6.5 nm) with reasonable sheet resistance (25 Ω/□) and transmittance (83.5%)

  13. Nature of the Surface-Exposed Cytochrome-Electrode Interactions in Electroactive Biofilms of Desulfuromonas acetoxidans.

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    Alves, A; Ly, H K; Hildebrandt, P; Louro, R O; Millo, D

    2015-06-25

    Metal-respiring bacteria are microorganisms capable of oxidizing organic pollutants present in wastewater and transferring the liberated electrons to an electrode. This ability has led to their application as catalysts in bioelectrochemical systems (BESs), a sustainable technology coupling bioremediation to electricity production. Crucial for the functioning of these BESs is a complex protein architecture consisting of several surface-exposed multiheme proteins, called outer membrane cytochromes, wiring the cell metabolism to the electrode. Although the role of these proteins has been increasingly understood, little is known about the protein-electrode interactions and their impact on the performance of BESs. In this study, we used surface-enhanced resonance Raman spectroscopy in combination with electrochemical techniques to unravel the nature of the protein-electrode interaction for the outer membrane cytochrome OmcB from Desulfuromonas acetoxidans (Dace). Comparing the spectroelectrochemical properties of OmcB bound directly to the electrode surface with those of the same protein embedded inside an electroactive biofilm, we have shown that the surface-exposed cytochromes of Dace biofilms are in direct contact with the electrode surface. Even if direct binding causes protein denaturation, the biofilm possesses the ability to minimize the extent of the damage maximizing the amount of cells in direct electrical communication with the electrode.

  14. Simulating Supercapacitors: Can We Model Electrodes As Constant Charge Surfaces?

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    Merlet, Céline; Péan, Clarisse; Rotenberg, Benjamin; Madden, Paul A; Simon, Patrice; Salanne, Mathieu

    2013-01-17

    Supercapacitors based on an ionic liquid electrolyte and graphite or nanoporous carbon electrodes are simulated using molecular dynamics. We compare a simplified electrode model in which a constant, uniform charge is assigned to each carbon atom with a realistic model in which a constant potential is applied between the electrodes (the carbon charges are allowed to fluctuate). We show that the simulations performed with the simplified model do not provide a correct description of the properties of the system. First, the structure of the adsorbed electrolyte is partly modified. Second, dramatic differences are observed for the dynamics of the system during transient regimes. In particular, upon application of a constant applied potential difference, the increase in the temperature, due to the Joule effect, associated with the creation of an electric current across the cell follows Ohm's law, while unphysically high temperatures are rapidly observed when constant charges are assigned to each carbon atom.

  15. Multilayer graphene electrodes for one-port surface acoustic wave resonator mass sensor

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    Leong, Ainan; Swamy, Varghese; Ramakrishnan, N.

    2017-02-01

    A one-port surface acoustic wave (SAW) resonator mass sensor composed of multilayer graphene (MLG) electrodes was investigated by the finite element method (FEM) and analyses were carried out to study the enhancement of sensitivity and the secondary effects caused by MLG electrodes on the performance of the resonator. Unlike metal electrodes, MLG electrode offers elastic loading to the contact surface, as evidenced by the increase in the surface velocity of the SAW device. In terms of the sensitivity of the mass sensor, MLG electrode showed the largest center frequency shift in response to a change in mass loading, as well as when used as a gas sensor to detect volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Also, MLG electrodes offered the least triple transit signal (TTS) and bulk acoustic wave (BAW) generations compared with Al and Au–Cr electrodes. Thus, the one-port SAW resonator with graphene electrodes not only possesses excellent performance characteristics but also gives rise to new opportunities in the development of highly sensitive mass sensors.

  16. in situ plasma removal of surface contaminants from ion trap electrodes

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    Haltli, Raymond A.

    2015-04-01

    This research resulted in a construction and implementation of an in situ plasma discharge to remove surface contaminants from electrodes in an ion trapping experimental system is presented with results.

  17. Numerical modelling of needle-grid electrodes for negative surface corona charging system

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    Zhuang, Y.; Chen, G.; Rotaru, M.

    2011-08-01

    Surface potential decay measurement is a simple and low cost tool to examine electrical properties of insulation materials. During the corona charging stage, a needle-grid electrodes system is often used to achieve uniform charge distribution on the surface of the sample. In this paper, a model using COMSOL Multiphysics has been developed to simulate the gas discharge. A well-known hydrodynamic drift-diffusion model was used. The model consists of a set of continuity equations accounting for the movement, generation and loss of charge carriers (electrons, positive and negative ions) coupled with Poisson's equation to take into account the effect of space and surface charges on the electric field. Four models with the grid electrode in different positions and several mesh sizes are compared with a model that only has the needle electrode. The results for impulse current and surface charge density on the sample clearly show the effect of the extra grid electrode with various positions.

  18. The effect of electrode surface roughness on the motional heating rate of electromagnetic trapped ions

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    Lin, Kuan-Yu; Low, Guang Hao; Chuang, Isaac

    Electric field noise is a major source of motional heating in trapped ion quantum computation. While it is well known that this noise is influenced by trap electrode geometry in patch potential and surface adsorbate models, this has only been analyzed for smooth surfaces. We investigate the dependence of electric field noise on the roughness of surface electrodes by deriving a Green's function describing this roughness, and evaluating its effects on adsorbate-surface binding energies. At cryogenic temperature, surface roughness is found to exponentially enhance or suppress heating rate, depending on the density distribution of surface adsorbates. Our result suggests that heating rates can be tuned over orders of magnitude by careful engineering of electrode surface profiles.

  19. Method of forming macro-structured high surface area transparent conductive oxide electrodes

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    Forman, Arnold J.; Chen, Zhebo; Jaramillo, Thomas F.

    2016-01-05

    A method of forming a high surface area transparent conducting electrode is provided that includes depositing a transparent conducting thin film on a conductive substrate, where the transparent conducting thin film includes transparent conductive particles and a solution-based transparent conducting adhesive layer which serves to coat and bind together the transparent conducting particles, and heat treating the transparent conducting adhesion layer on the conductive substrate, where an increased surface area transparent conducting electrode is formed.

  20. A pH-Sensitive Supramolecular Switch Based on Mixed Carboxylic Acid Terminated Self-Assembled Monolayers on Au(111).

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    Jacquelín, Daniela K; Pérez, Manuel A; Euti, Esteban M; Arisnabarreta, Nicolás; Cometto, Fernando P; Paredes-Olivera, Patricia; Patrito, E Martín

    2016-02-02

    We show that homogeneously mixed self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of mercaptoalkanoic acids of different chain lengths can be used to build up a pH-sensitive supramolecular switch. The acids with short and long alkyl chains interact via the strong hydrogen bond between carboxylic acid groups. The pH acts as a trigger by breaking or restoring the hydrogen bond interaction in basic or acidic solutions, respectively. The corresponding changes in the monolayer structure were determined by ellipsometry, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, and contact angle measurements. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed to elucidate the structures of interacting molecules compatible with the surface coverage obtained from electrochemical reductive desorption experiments. The simplicity of the preparation procedure assures a high reproducibility whereas the stability of the homogeneous mixed SAM guarantees the reversibility of the switching process.

  1. Mechanical Behavior of Free-Standing Fuel Cell Electrodes on Water Surface.

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    Kim, Sanwi; Kim, Jae-Han; Oh, Jong-Gil; Jang, Kyung-Lim; Jeong, Byeong-Heon; Hong, Bo Ki; Kim, Taek-Soo

    2016-06-22

    Fundamental understanding of the mechanical behavior of polymer electrolyte fuel cell electrodes as free-standing materials is essential to develop mechanically robust fuel cells. However, this has been a significant challenge due to critical difficulties, such as separating the pristine electrode from the substrate without damage and precisely measuring the mechanical properties of the very fragile and thin electrodes. We report the mechanical behavior of free-standing fuel cell electrodes on the water surface through adopting an innovative ice-assisted separation method to separate the electrode from decal transfer film. It is found that doubling the ionomer content in electrodes increases not only the tensile stress at the break and the Young's modulus (E) of the electrodes by approximately 2.1-3.5 and 1.7-2.4 times, respectively, but also the elongation at the break by approximately 1.5-1.7 times, which indicates that stronger, stiffer, and tougher electrodes are attained with increasing ionomer content, which have been of significant interest in materials research fields. The scaling law relationship between Young's modulus and density (ρ) has been unveiled as E ∼ ρ(1.6), and it is compared with other materials. These findings can be used to develop mechanically robust electrodes for fuel cell applications.

  2. A motion artifact generation and assessment system for the rapid testing of surface biopotential electrodes.

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    Cömert, Alper; Hyttinen, Jari

    2015-01-01

    Dry electrodes can reduce cost while increasing the usability and comfort of wearable monitoring systems. They are, however, susceptible to motion artifacts. The present electrode testing methods lack reliability and do not separate the factors that affect the motion artifact. In this paper, we introduce a first generation motion artifact generation and assessment system that generates the speed, amplitude, and pattern-wise programmable movement of the electrode. The system simultaneously measures electrode-skin impedance, the motion artifact, and one channel of an electrocardiogram that contains the motion artifact and monitors the mounting force applied to the electrode. We demonstrate the system by comparing the applied movement and the measured signals for electrode movements up to 6 mm and movement frequencies from 0.4 Hz to 4 Hz. Results show that the impedance change and surface potential are visually clearly related to the applied motion, with average correlations of 0.89 and 0.64, respectively. The applied force, electrode location, and electrode structure all affect the motion artifact. The setup enables the motion of the electrode to be accurately controlled. The system can be used as a precursor to the testing of integrated systems because it enables thorough, repeatable, and robust motion artifact studies. The system allows a deeper insight into motion artifacts and the interplay of the various factors that affect them.

  3. High-voltage electrode optimization towards uniform surface treatment by a pulsed volume discharge

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    Ponomarev, A. V.; Pedos, M. S.; Scherbinin, S. V.; Mamontov, Y. I.; Ponomarev, S. V.

    2015-11-01

    In this study, the shape and material of the high-voltage electrode of an atmospheric pressure plasma generation system were optimised. The research was performed with the goal of achieving maximum uniformity of plasma treatment of the surface of the low-voltage electrode with a diameter of 100 mm. In order to generate low-temperature plasma with the volume of roughly 1 cubic decimetre, a pulsed volume discharge was used initiated with a corona discharge. The uniformity of the plasma in the region of the low-voltage electrode was assessed using a system for measuring the distribution of discharge current density. The system's low-voltage electrode - collector - was a disc of 100 mm in diameter, the conducting surface of which was divided into 64 radially located segments of equal surface area. The current at each segment was registered by a high-speed measuring system controlled by an ARM™-based 32-bit microcontroller. To facilitate the interpretation of results obtained, a computer program was developed to visualise the results. The program provides a 3D image of the current density distribution on the surface of the low-voltage electrode. Based on the results obtained an optimum shape for a high-voltage electrode was determined. Uniformity of the distribution of discharge current density in relation to distance between electrodes was studied. It was proven that the level of non-uniformity of current density distribution depends on the size of the gap between electrodes. Experiments indicated that it is advantageous to use graphite felt VGN-6 (Russian abbreviation) as the material of the high-voltage electrode's emitting surface.

  4. Enhanced surface production in H{sup -} ion sources by introducing a negatively biased secondary electrode

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    An, Young Hwa; Jung, Bong Ki; Hwang, Y. S.

    2010-02-15

    A transformer coupled plasma negative hydrogen ion source with an external rf antenna has been developed at SNU, which is capable of continuous operation with long lifetime. A positively biased plasma electrode (PE) has been successfully used for the optimization of H{sup -} extraction. With molybdenum-coated stainless steel PE, the enhancement of H{sup -} production at the electrode surface was observed at the bias voltage lower than the plasma potential. However, the low bias voltage is unfavorable to H{sup -} beam extraction since the negative ions are repelled. A second electrode is inserted in front of the PE to enhance H{sup -} production at the electrode surface without impeding beam extraction. By biasing the secondary electrode (SE) more negatively, H{sup -} production is clearly enhanced although the SE itself reduces H{sup -} beam currents because of suppressed electron transport in front of the PE. In this configuration enhancement of surface productions is most pronounced in tantalum electrode among various electrode materials.

  5. A highly permeable and enhanced surface area carbon-cloth electrode for vanadium redox flow batteries

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    Zhou, X. L.; Zhao, T. S.; Zeng, Y. K.; An, L.; Wei, L.

    2016-10-01

    In this work, a high-performance porous electrode, made of KOH-activated carbon-cloth, is developed for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs). The macro-scale porous structure in the carbon cloth formed by weaving the carbon fibers in an ordered manner offers a low tortuosity (∼1.1) and a broad pore distribution from 5 μm to 100 μm, rendering the electrode a high hydraulic permeability and high effective ionic conductivity, which are beneficial for the electrolyte flow and ion transport through the porous electrode. The use of KOH activation method to create nano-scale pores on the carbon-fiber surfaces leads to a significant increase in the surface area for redox reactions from 2.39 m2 g-1 to 15.4 m2 g-1. The battery assembled with the present electrode delivers an energy efficiency of 80.1% and an electrolyte utilization of 74.6% at a current density of 400 mA cm-2, as opposed to an electrolyte utilization of 61.1% achieved by using a conventional carbon-paper electrode. Such a high performance is mainly attributed to the combination of the excellent mass/ion transport properties and the high surface area rendered by the present electrode. It is suggested that the KOH-activated carbon-cloth electrode is a promising candidate in redox flow batteries.

  6. Polymer Coatings of Cochlear Implant Electrode Surface – An Option for Improving Electrode-Nerve-Interface by Blocking Fibroblast Overgrowth

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    Hadler, C.; Aliuos, P.; Brandes, G.; Warnecke, A.; Bohlmann, J.; Dempwolf, W.; Menzel, H.; Lenarz, T.; Reuter, G.; Wissel, K.

    2016-01-01

    Overgrowth of connective tissue and scar formation induced by the electrode array insertion increase the impedance and, thus, diminish the interactions between neural probes as like cochlear implants (CI) and the target tissue. Therefore, it is of great clinical interest to modify the carrier material of the electrodes to improve the electrode nerve interface for selective cell adhesion. On one side connective tissue growth needs to be reduced to avoid electrode array encapsulation, on the other side the carrier material should not compromise the interaction with neuronal cells. The present in vitro-study qualitatively and quantitatively characterises the interaction of fibroblasts, glial cells and spiral ganglion neurons (SGN) with ultrathin poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide) (PDMAA), poly(2-ethyloxazoline) (PEtOx) and poly([2-methacryloyloxy)ethyl]trimethylammoniumchlorid) (PMTA) films immobilised onto glass surfaces using a photoreactive anchor layer. The layer thickness and hydrophilicity of the polymer films were characterised by ellipsometric and water contact angle measurement. Moreover the topography of the surfaces was investigated using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The neuronal and non-neuronal cells were dissociated from spiral ganglions of postnatal rats and cultivated for 48 h on top of the polymer coatings. Immunocytochemical staining of neuronal and intermediary filaments revealed that glial cells predominantly attached on PMTA films, but not on PDMAA and PEtOx monolayers. Hereby, strong survival rates and neurite outgrowth were only found on PMTA, whereas PDMAA and PEtOx coatings significantly reduced the SG neuron survival and neuritogenesis. As also shown by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) SGN strongly survived and retained their differentiated phenotype only on PMTA. In conclusion, survival and neuritogenesis of SGN may be associated with the extent of the glial cell growth. Since PMTA was the only of the polar polymers used in this study bearing

  7. A Lithographically-Patterned, Elastic Multi-electrode Array for Surface Stimulation of the Spinal Cord

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    Meacham, Kathleen W.; Giuly, Richard J.; Guo, Liang; Hochman, Shawn; DeWeerth, Stephen P.

    2008-01-01

    A new, scalable process for microfabrication of a silicone-based, elastic multi-electrode array (MEA) is presented. The device is constructed by spinning poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) silicone elastomer onto a glass slide, depositing and patterning gold to construct wires and electrodes, spinning on a second PDMS layer, and then micropatterning the second PDMS layer to expose electrode contacts. The micropatterning of PDMS involves a custom reactive ion etch (RIE) process that preserves the underlying gold thin film. Once completed, the device can be removed from the glass slide for conformal interfacing with neural tissue. Prototype MEAs feature electrodes smaller than those known to be reported on silicone substrate (60 μm diameter exposed electrode area) and were capable of selectively stimulating the surface of the in vitro isolated spinal cord of the juvenile rat. Stretchable serpentine traces were also incorporated into the functional PDMS-based MEA, and their implementation and testing is described. PMID:17914674

  8. Renewable Solid Electrodes in Microfluidics: Recovering the Electrochemical Activity without Treating the Surface.

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    Teixeira, Carlos A; Giordano, Gabriela F; Beltrame, Maisa B; Vieira, Luis C S; Gobbi, Angelo L; Lima, Renato S

    2016-11-15

    The contamination, passivation, or fouling of the detection electrodes is a serious problem undermining the analytical performance of electroanalytical devices. The methods to regenerate the electrochemical activity of the solid electrodes involve mechanical, physical, or chemical surface treatments that usually add operational time, complexity, chemicals, and further instrumental requirements to the analysis. In this paper, we describe for the first time a reproducible method for renewing solid electrodes whenever their morphology or composition are nonspecifically changed without any surface treatment. These renewable electrodes are the closest analogue to the mercury drop electrodes. Our approach was applied in microfluidics, where the downsides related to nonspecific modifications of the electrode are more critical. The renewal consisted in manually sliding metal-coated microwires across a channel with the sample. For this purpose, the chip was composed of a single piece of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) with three parallel channels interconnected to one perpendicular and top channel. The microwires were inserted in each one of the parallel channels acting as working, counter, and pseudoreference electrodes for voltammetry. This assembly allowed the renewal of all the three electrodes by simply pulling the microwires. The absence of any interfaces in the chips and the elastomeric nature of the PDMS allowed us to pull the microwires without the occurrence of leakages for the electrode channels even at harsh flow rates of up to 40.0 mL min(-1). We expect this paper can assist the researchers to develop new microfluidic platforms that eliminate any steps of electrode cleaning, representing a powerful alternative for precise and robust analyses to real samples.

  9. Effects of Electrode Surface Morphology on the Transduction of Ionic Polymer-Metal Composites

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    Palmre, Viljar

    Ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs) are innovative smart materials that exhibit electromechanical and mechanoelectrical transduction (conversion of electrical input into mechanical deformation and vice versa). Due to low driving voltage (< 5 V) and ability to operate in aqueous environment, IPMCs are attractive for developing soft actuators and sensors for underwater robots and medical devices. This dissertation focuses on investigating the effects of electrode surface morphology in the transduction of Pt and Pd-Pt electrodes-based IPMCs, with the aim to improve the electrode surface design and thereby enhance the transduction performance of the material. Firstly, the synthesis techniques are developed to control and manipulate the surface structure of the mentioned electrodes through the electroless plating process. Using these techniques, IPMCs with different electrode surface structures are fabricated. The changes in the electrode surface morphology and the resulting effects on the material's electromechanical, mechanoelectrical, electrochemical and mechanical properties area examined and analyzed. This study shows that increasing the impregnation-reduction cycles under appropriate conditions leads to the formation and growth of platinum nanoparticles with sharp tips and edges---called Pt nanothorn assemblies---at the polymer-electrode interface. IPMCs designed with such nanostructured Pt electrodes are first to be reported. The experiments demonstrate that the formation and growth of Pt nanothorn assemblies at the electrode interface increases considerably the total transported charge during the transduction, thereby increasing significantly the displacement and blocking force output of IPMC. The improvement of the mentioned electromechanical properties was 3--5 times, depending on the input voltage and frequency used. Also, the peak mechanoelectrically induced voltage increased somewhat, although the overall effect of the surface structure was relatively

  10. Practical aspects in surface biopotential electrode placement for smart clothing: A simulation study

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    Mulyadi, Indra H.; Haueisen, Jens; Supriyanto, Eko

    2017-02-01

    In addition to physiological aspects, placement of surface biopotential electrodes for smart clothing should consider practical aspects due to their dynamic application environment. This study is aimed at finding the best places to put the electrode on areas where the measurement is practically reliable. Calculation was performed by using three practical aspects: 1) skin-shirt gap; 2) shirt movement, and 4) regional sweat rate. We employed 3DS Max software to simulate shirt behavior. The simulation result showed that generally practical satisfaction degrees are higher in the posterior. The quantitative approach may help smart clothing designers to choose the locations to place electrodes.

  11. Conformable actively multiplexed high-density surface electrode array for brain interfacing

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    Rogers, John; Kim, Dae-Hyeong; Litt, Brian; Viventi, Jonathan

    2015-01-13

    Provided are methods and devices for interfacing with brain tissue, specifically for monitoring and/or actuation of spatio-temporal electrical waveforms. The device is conformable having a high electrode density and high spatial and temporal resolution. A conformable substrate supports a conformable electronic circuit and a barrier layer. Electrodes are positioned to provide electrical contact with a brain tissue. A controller monitors or actuates the electrodes, thereby interfacing with the brain tissue. In an aspect, methods are provided to monitor or actuate spatio-temporal electrical waveform over large brain surface areas by any of the devices disclosed herein.

  12. Surface electromyographic electrode pair with built-in buffer-amplifiers.

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    Fujisawa, M; Uchida, K; Yamada, Y; Ishibashi, K

    1990-03-01

    By means of a surface electrode with an operational amplifier, a new electrode unit suitable for an electromyographic-biofeedback apparatus and for portable electromyography used outside a Faraday cage was developed. The operational amplifier, which has an output impedance lower than 10 ohms, functions as an efficient buffer amplifier and is able to protect the EMG signals from background noises. This new electrode unit is small (32 x 12 x 5 mm), waterproof, and inexpensive. Because its structure is simple, it can be built in any laboratory.

  13. Lactose electroisomerization into lactulose: effect of the electrode material, active membrane surface area-to-electrode surface area ratio, and interelectrode-membrane distance.

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    Aït-Aissa, Amara; Aïder, Mohammed

    2014-01-01

    The aim of the present work was to study and develop an innovative, clean, and environmentally friendly process for lactulose synthesis by electroactivation of lactose. In this work, the electrode material (type 304 stainless steel, titanium, and copper), dimensionless interelectrode-membrane distance at the cathodic compartment (0.36, 0.68, and 1), and the membrane:electrode surface area ratio (0.23, 0.06, and 0.015) were considered to be the factors that could affect the kinetic conversion of lactose into lactulose. The reactions were conducted under an initial lactose concentration of 0.15mol/L at 10°C, Froude number (mixing speed) of 2.05×10(-2), and electric current intensity of 300mA for 30min. The highest lactulose formation yield of 32.50% (0.05mol/L) was obtained by using a copper electrode, interelectrode-membrane distance of 0.36, and membrane:electrode surface area ratio of 0.23. The 2-parameter Langmuir, Freundlich, and Temkin isotherm models were used for the prediction of the lactose isomerization kinetics as well as the 3-parameter Langmuir-Freundlich isotherm model. It was shown that the lactose isomerization kinetics into lactulose followed the Temkin and Langmuir-Freundlich models with coefficients of determination of 0.99 and 0.90 and a relative error of 1.42 to 1.56% and 4.27 to 4.37%, respectively.

  14. Kilohertz Electrical Stimulation Nerve Conduction Block: Effects of Electrode Surface Area.

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    Patel, Yogi A; Kim, Brian S; Rountree, William S; Butera, Robert J

    2017-03-17

    Kilohertz electrical stimulation (KES) induces repeatable and reversible conduction block of nerve activity and is a potential therapeutic option for various diseases and disorders resulting from pathological or undesired neurological activity. However successful translation of KES nerve block to clinical applications is stymied by many unknowns such as the relevance of the onset response, acceptable levels of waveform contamination, and optimal electrode characteristics. We investigated the role of electrode geometric surface area on the KES nerve block threshold using 20 and 40 kHz current-controlled sinusoidal KES. Electrodes were electrochemically characterized and used to characterize typical KES waveforms and electrode charge characteristics. KES nerve block amplitudes, onset duration, and recovery of normal conduction after delivery of KES were evaluated along with power requirements for effective KES nerve block. Results from this investigation demonstrate that increasing electrode geometric surface area provides for a more power efficient KES nerve block. Reductions in block threshold by increased electrode surface area were found to be KESfrequency dependent, with block thresholds and average power consumption reduced by >2x with 20 kHz KES waveforms and >3x for 40 kHz KES waveforms.

  15. Electrochemical decolorization of dye wastewater by surface-activated boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond electrode.

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    Chen, Chienhung; Nurhayati, Ervin; Juang, Yaju; Huang, Chihpin

    2016-07-01

    Complex organics contained in dye wastewater are difficult to degrade and often require electrochemical advanced oxidation processes (EAOPs) to treat it. Surface activation of the electrode used in such treatment is an important factor determining the success of the process. The performance of boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (BD-NCD) film electrode for decolorization of Acid Yellow (AY-36) azo dye with respect to the surface activation by electrochemical polarization was studied. Anodic polarization found to be more suitable as electrode pretreatment compared to cathodic one. After anodic polarization, the originally H-terminated surface of BD-NCD was changed into O-terminated, making it more hydrophilic. Due to the oxidation of surface functional groups and some portion of sp(2) carbon in the BD-NCD film during anodic polarization, the electrode was successfully being activated showing lower background current, wider potential window and considerably less surface activity compared to the non-polarized one. Consequently, electrooxidation (EO) capability of the anodically-polarized BD-NCD to degrade AY-36 dye was significantly enhanced, capable of nearly total decolorization and chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal even after several times of re-using. The BD-NCD film electrode favored acidic condition for the dye degradation; and the presence of chloride ion in the solution was found to be more advantageous than sulfate active species.

  16. Photochemically controlled electrochemical deposition and dissolution of Ag0 nanoclusters on au electrode surfaces.

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    Riskin, Michael; Katz, Eugenii; Gutkin, Vitaly; Willner, Itamar

    2006-12-05

    A photoisomerizable thiolated nitrospiropyran SP, (1a), monolayer is assembled on a Au electrode by the primary deposition of thiolated nitromerocyanine isomer 1b as a monolayer on the electrode, followed by the irradiation of the surface with visible light, lambda > 475 nm. The surface coverage of nitrospiropyran units (1a) on the electrode is 2 x 10-10 mole cm-2. Irradiation of the electrode with UV light, 320 nm < lambda < 360 nm, results in the nitromerocyanine, MR, monolayer on the electrode that binds Ag+ ions to the phenolate units. The Ag+ ions associated with the MR monolayer undergo cyclic reduction to surface-confined Ag0 nanoclusters, and reoxidation and dissolution of the Ag0 nanoclusters to Ag+ ions associated with the monolayer are demonstrated. The electron-transfer rate constants for the reduction of Ag+ to Ag0 and for the dissolution of Ag0 were determined by chronoamperometry and correspond to ketred = 12.7 s-1 and ketox = 10.5 s-1, respectively. The nanoclustering rate was characterized by surface plasmon resonance measurements, and it proceeds on a time scale of 10 min. The size of the Ag0 nanoclusters is in the range of 2 to 20 nm. The electrochemically induced reduction of the MR-Ag+ monolayer to the MR-Ag0 surface and the reoxidation of the MR-Ag0 surface control the hydrophilic-hydrophobic properties of the surface. The advancing contact angle of the MR-Ag0-functionalized surface is 59 degrees , and the contact angle of the MR-Ag+-monolayer-functionalized surface is 74 degrees . Photoisomerization of the Ag0-MR surface to the Ag0-SP state, followed by the oxidation of the Ag0 nanoclusters, results in the dissolution of the Ag+ ions into the electrolyte solution.

  17. Three-Dimensional Adhesion Map Based on Surface and Interfacial Cutting Analysis System for Predicting Adhesion Properties of Composite Electrodes.

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    Kim, Kyuman; Byun, Seoungwoo; Cho, Inseong; Ryou, Myung-Hyun; Lee, Yong Min

    2016-09-14

    Using a surface and interfacial cutting analysis system (SAICAS) that can measure the adhesion strength of a composite electrode at a specific depth from the surface, we can subdivide the adhesion strength of a composite electrode into two classes: (1) the adhesion strength between the Al current collector and the cathode composite electrode (FAl-Ca) and (2) the adhesion strength measured at the mid-depth of the cathode composite electrode (Fmid). Both adhesion strengths, FAl-Ca and Fmid, increase with increasing electrode density and loading level. From the SAICAS measurement, we obtain a mathematical equation that governs the adhesion strength of the composite electrodes. This equation revealed a maximum accuracy of 97.2% and 96.1% for FAl-Ca and Fmid, respectively, for four randomly chosen composite electrodes varying in electrode density and loading level.

  18. Low temperature formation of electrode having electrically conductive metal oxide surface

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    Anders, Simone; Anders, Andre; Brown, Ian G.; McLarnon, Frank R.; Kong, Fanping

    1998-01-01

    A low temperature process is disclosed for forming metal suboxides on substrates by cathodic arc deposition by either controlling the pressure of the oxygen present in the deposition chamber, or by controlling the density of the metal flux, or by a combination of such adjustments, to thereby control the ratio of oxide to metal in the deposited metal suboxide coating. The density of the metal flux may, in turn, be adjusted by controlling the discharge current of the arc, by adjusting the pulse length (duration of on cycle) of the arc, and by adjusting the frequency of the arc, or any combination of these parameters. In a preferred embodiment, a low temperature process is disclosed for forming an electrically conductive metal suboxide, such as, for example, an electrically conductive suboxide of titanium, on an electrode surface, such as the surface of a nickel oxide electrode, by such cathodic arc deposition and control of the deposition parameters. In the preferred embodiment, the process results in a titanium suboxide-coated nickel oxide electrode exhibiting reduced parasitic evolution of oxygen during charging of a cell made using such an electrode as the positive electrode, as well as exhibiting high oxygen overpotential, resulting in suppression of oxygen evolution at the electrode at full charge of the cell.

  19. Synthesis, Structure and Reactivity of Molecules Attached to Electrode Surfaces.

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    2014-09-26

    Among cations of the same charge, those least strongly hydrated and those of relatively small size predominated. At the cyanide -pretreated Pt(lll) surface...Ca , Ba +, LaJ+, Tetramethyl Ammonium, Choline and Acetylcholine Cations at Pt(ll1) Surfaces Containing an Ordered Layer of Cyanide , Stephen D

  20. On-Surface Cross Coupling Methods for the Construction of Modified Electrode Assemblies with Tailored Morphologies.

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    Gietter, Amber A S; Pupillo, Rachel C; Yap, Glenn P A; Beebe, Thomas P; Rosenthal, Joel; Watson, Donald A

    2013-01-01

    Controlling the molecular topology of electrode-catalyst interfaces is a critical factor in engineering devices with specific electron transport kinetics and catalytic efficiencies. As such, the development of rational methods for the modular construction of tailorable electrode surfaces with robust molecular wires (MWs) exhibiting well-defined molecular topologies, conductivities and morphologies is critical to the evolution and implementation of electrochemical arrays for sensing and catalysis. In response to this need, we have established modular on-surface Sonogashira and Glaser cross-coupling processes to synthetically install arrays of ferrocene-capped MWs onto electrochemically functionalized surfaces. These methods are of comparable convenience and efficiency to more commonly employed Huisgen methods. Furthermore, unlike the Huisgen reaction, this new surface functionalization chemistry generates modified electrodes that do not contain unwanted ancillary metal binding sites, while allowing the bridge between the ferrocenyl moiety and electrode surface to be synthetically tailored. Electrochemical and surface analytical characterization of these platforms demonstrate that the linker topology and connectivity influences the ferrocene redox potential and the kinetics of charge transport at the interface.

  1. Generalized Butler-Volmer relation on a curved electrode surface under the action of stress

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    Yang, FuQian

    2016-11-01

    According to the principle of thermal activation process, the energy state of a material under the action of stress is a function of local stress. A generalized Butler-Volmer relationship for the electrode reaction on the surface of a curved electrode is derived, which takes account of the effects of local stress and the radius of mean curvature. From this relationship, the overpotential is found to be proportional to hydrostatic stress and the activation volume under the condition of open circuit. The conditions for the deposition of the material made solely from solute atoms and the formation of surface pits and porous structures are obtained, using the generalized Butler-Volmer relationship.

  2. Modification of the surface morphology of the silicon substrate for boron-doped diamond electrodes in electrochemical wastewater treatment applications

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    Bak, Ji-Yoon; Lee, Choong-Hyun; Kim, Jung-Do; Lim, Dae-Soon

    2016-01-01

    For electrochemical wastewater treatment applications, textured boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrodes were fabricated by using a simple and cost-effective etching process. On the basis of the surface area measurement, the etching time was optimized in order to achieve higher electrochemical wastewater treatment performance. The surface structure, electrochemical properties, and electrochemical oxidation performance of the electrodes were characterized by using Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy, in addition to electrochemical techniques. The textured BDD electrode demonstrated a dense and large surface area with no change in the film's properties. The effective surface area of the textured BDD electrode was approximately twice as large as that of the planar BDD electrode. The electrochemical results clearly demonstrate that the enhanced surface area of the BDD electrode achieves a higher current efficiency and much lower energy consumption in the electrochemical oxidation of methyl-orange.

  3. Sequence and Temperature Influence on Kinetics of DNA Strand Displacement at Gold Electrode Surfaces.

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    Biala, Katarzyna; Sedova, Ada; Flechsig, Gerd-Uwe

    2015-09-16

    Understanding complex contributions of surface environment to tethered nucleic acid sensing experiments has proven challenging, yet it is important because it is essential for interpretation and calibration of indispensable methods, such as microarrays. We investigate the effects of DNA sequence and solution temperature gradients on the kinetics of strand displacement at heated gold wire electrodes, and at gold disc electrodes in a heated solution. Addition of a terminal double mismatch (toehold) provides a reduction in strand displacement energy barriers sufficient to probe the secondary mechanisms involved in the hybridization process. In four different DNA capture probe sequences (relevant for the identification of genetically modified maize MON810), all but one revealed a high activation energy up to 200 kJ/mol during hybridization, that we attribute to displacement of protective strands by capture probes. Protective strands contain 4 to 5 mismatches to ease their displacement by the surface-confined probes at the gold electrodes. A low activation energy (30 kJ/mol) was observed for the sequence whose protective strand contained a toehold and one central mismatch, its kinetic curves displayed significantly different shapes, and we observed a reduced maximum signal intensity as compared to other sequences. These findings point to potential sequence-related contributions to oligonucleotide diffusion influencing kinetics. Additionally, for all sequences studied with heated wire electrodes, we observed a 23 K lower optimal hybridization temperature in comparison with disc electrodes in heated solution, and greatly reduced voltammetric signals after taking into account electrode surface area. We propose that thermodiffusion due to temperature gradients may influence both hybridization and strand displacement kinetics at heated microelectrodes, an explanation supported by computational fluid dynamics. DNA assays with surface-confined capture probes and temperature

  4. Investigation of ozone zero phenomenon using new electrode and surface analysis technique

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    Taguchi, M.; Ochiai, Y.; Kawagoe, R.; Kato, Y.; Teranishi, K.; Suzuki, S.; Itoh, H.

    2011-07-01

    Results of our experimental investigation on the ozone zero phenomenon suggested us the importance of the electrode surface condition. This means that the main cause of the phenomenon, that is, temporal decrease of ozone concentration at the outlet of DBD type ozone generator and the recovery characteristics from the phenomenon are considered as the surface reaction process, which are influenced strongly by the surface condition. The surface condition is never constant during the ozone generation and varies gradually or remarkably with time depending on the experimental conditions. Therefore we have been continued to make clear the cause of the phenomenon, for example, the reproducibility of the phenomenon, using new electrodes and together with the surface analysis technique etc. In this paper, we describe on the above results and discussion.

  5. Ethylenediamine-modified oriented MCM-41 at the electrode surface, cobalt adsorption ability and electrochemical performance.

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    Rafiee, Mohammad; Karimi, Babak; Arshi, Simin; Vali, Hojatollah

    2014-03-28

    Mesoporous silica thin films (MCM-41) functionalized with ethylenediamine groups were electrochemically fabricated on electrode surfaces. These ligand functionalized film were a promising matrix for the immobilization of cobalt ions and preparation of cobalt complexes covalently bound to the MCM-41 support. The constructed MCM-41 were characterized by TEM, EDS and TGA analysis. This method yields uniform thin films with hexagonal mesochannels aligned and accessible to electrode surface. Well-defined electrode responses were, therefore, observed for the anchored complexes which made the electrochemical analysis of the structure possible as well. Voltammetric studies revealed the reactivity of the covalently bound complexes differed significantly from the dissolved ones. The anchored complexes preferred to be in their oxidized form which inhibits formation of oxygen adducts. The covalently bound complexes had relatively good leaching stability with good catalytic performance towards hydrogen peroxide reduction.

  6. Estimation of Surface Roughness due to Electrode Erosion in Field-Distortion Gas Switch

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    Liu, Xuandong; Wang, Hu; Li, Xiaoang; Zhang, Qiaogen; Wei, Jin; Qiu, Aici

    2013-08-01

    Field distortion gas switch is one of the crucial elements in a Marx generator, fast linear transformer driver and other pulsed power installations. The performance of the gas switch, which is dramatically affected by the surface roughness due to electrode erosion during the discharge process, directly influences the output parameters, stability and reliability of the pulsed power system. In this paper, an electrode surface roughness (ESR) calculation model has been established based on a great deal of experimental data under operating current. The discharge current waveform, the peak height of the burr, the radius and the depth of etch pits in the electrode erosion region were used to predict the ESR. Also, experimental results indicate that this calculation model can effectively estimate the ESR of the test gas switch.

  7. Uniform, large surface-area polarization by modifying corona-electrodes geometry.

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    Tansel, T; Ener Rusen, S; Rusen, A

    2013-01-01

    We report on the uniform, large scale polarization of ferroelectric materials by a newly designed corona charging technique developing nonconventional electrodes geometry. The results of pyroelectric measurements represented the spatial homogeneity of the polarization attained through a surface area of ~25 cm(2).

  8. Surface oxide growth on platinum electrode in aqueous trifluoromethanesulfonic acid

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    Furuya, Yoshihisa; Mashio, Tetsuya; Ohma, Atsushi; Dale, Nilesh; Oshihara, Kenzo; Jerkiewicz, Gregory

    2014-10-01

    Platinum in the form of nanoparticles is the key and most expensive component of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, while trifluoromethanesulfonic acid (CF3SO3H) is the smallest fluorinated sulfonic acid. Nafion, which acts as both electrolyte and separator in fuel cells, contains -CF2SO3H groups. Consequently, research on the electrochemical behaviour of Pt in aqueous CF3SO3H solutions creates important background knowledge that can benefit fuel cell development. In this contribution, Pt electro-oxidation is studied in 0.1 M aqueous CF3SO3H as a function of the polarization potential (Ep, 1.10 ≤ Ep ≤ 1.50 V), polarization time (tp, 100 ≤ tp ≤ 104 s), and temperature (T, 278 ≤ T ≤ 333 K). The critical thicknesses (X1), which determines the applicability of oxide growth theories, is determined and related to the oxide thickness (dox). Because X1 > dox for the entire range of Ep, tp, and T values, the formation of Pt surface oxide follows the interfacial place-exchange or the metal cation escape mechanism. The mechanism of Pt electro-oxidation is revised and expanded by taking into account possible interactions of cations, anions, and water molecules with Pt. A modified kinetic equation for the interfacial place exchange is proposed. The application of the interfacial place-exchange and metal cation escape mechanisms leads to an estimation of the Ptδ+-Oδ- surface dipole (μPtO), and the potential drop (Vox) and electric field (Eox) within the oxide. The Pt-anion interactions affect the oxidation kinetics by indirectly influencing the electric field within the double layer and the surface oxide.

  9. Fluorescence quenching studies of potential-dependent DNA reorientation dynamics at glassy carbon electrode surfaces.

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    Li, Qin; Cui, Chenchen; Higgins, Daniel A; Li, Jun

    2012-09-05

    The potential-dependent reorientation dynamics of double-stranded DNA (ds-DNA) attached to planar glassy carbon electrode (GCE) surfaces were investigated. The orientation state of surface-bound ds-DNA was followed by monitoring the fluorescence from a 6-carboxyfluorescein (FAM6) fluorophore covalently linked to the distal end of the DNA. Positive potentials (i.e., +0.2 V vs open circuit potential, OCP) caused the ds-DNA to align parallel to the electrode surface, resulting in strong dipole-electrode quenching of FAM6 fluorescence. Switching of the GCE potential to negative values (i.e., -0.2 V vs OCP) caused the ds-DNA to reorient perpendicular to the electrode surface, with a concomitant increase in FAM6 fluorescence. In addition to the very fast (submilliseconds) dynamics of the initial reorientation process, slow (0.1-0.9 s) relaxation of FAM6 fluorescence to intermediate levels was also observed after potential switching. These dynamics have not been previously described in the literature. They are too slow to be explained by double layer charging, and chronoamperometry data showed no evidence of such effects. Both the amplitude and rate of the dynamics were found to depend upon buffer concentration, and ds-DNA length, demonstrating a dependence on the double layer field. The dynamics are concluded to arise from previously undetected complexities in the mechanism of potential-dependent ds-DNA reorientation. The possible origins of these dynamics are discussed. A better understanding of these dynamics will lead to improved models for potential-dependent ds-DNA reorientation at electrode surfaces and will facilitate the development of advanced electrochemical devices for detection of target DNAs.

  10. Benchmark investigation of diamondoid-functionalized electrodes for nanopore DNA sequencing

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    Sivaraman, Ganesh; Amorim, Rodrigo G.; Scheicher, Ralph H.; Fyta, Maria

    2016-10-01

    Small diamond-like particles, diamondoids, have been shown to effectively functionalize gold electrodes in order to sense DNA units passing between the nanopore-embedded electrodes. In this work, we present a comparative study of Au(111) electrodes functionalized with different derivatives of lower diamondoids. Focus is put on the electronic and transport properties of such electrodes for different DNA nucleotides placed within the electrode gap. The functionalization promotes a specific binding to DNA leading to different properties for the system, which provides a tool set to systematically improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the electronic measurements across the electrodes. Using quantum transport calculations, we compare the effectiveness of the different functionalized electrodes in distinguishing the four DNA nucleotides. Our results point to the most effective diamondoid functionalization of gold electrodes in view of biosensing applications.

  11. Performance of an electrochemical COD (chemical oxygen demand) sensor with an electrode-surface grinding unit.

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    Geun Jeong, Bong; Min Yoon, Seok; Ho Choi, Chang; Koang Kwon, Kil; Sik Hyun, Moon; Heui Yi, Dong; Soo Park, Hyung; Kim, Mia; Joo Kim, Hyung

    2007-12-01

    An electrochemical COD (chemical oxygen demand) sensor using an electrode-surface grinding unit was investigated. The electrolyzing (oxidizing) action of copper on an organic species was used as the basis of the COD measuring sensor. Using a simple three-electrode cell and a surface grinding unit, the organic species is activated by the catalytic action of copper and oxidized at a working electrode, poised at a positive potential. When synthetic wastewater was fed into the system, the measured Coulombic yields were found to be dependent on the COD of the synthetic wastewater. A linear correlation between the Coulombic yields and the COD of the synthetic wastewater was established (10-1000 mg L(-1)) when the electrode-surface grinding procedure was activated briefly at 8 h intervals. When various kinds of wastewater samples obtained from various sewage treatment plants were measured, linear correlations (r(2)> or = 0.92) between the measured EOD (electrochemical oxygen demand) value and COD of the samples were observed. At a practical wastewater treatment plant, the measurement system was successfully operated with high accuracy and good stability over 3 months. These experimental results show that the application of the measurement system would be a rapid and practical method for the determination of COD in water industries.

  12. Metal-mesh based transparent electrode on a 3-D curved surface by electrohydrodynamic jet printing

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    Seong, Baekhoon; Yoo, Hyunwoong; Dat Nguyen, Vu; Jang, Yonghee; Ryu, Changkook; Byun, Doyoung

    2014-09-01

    Invisible Ag mesh transparent electrodes (TEs), with a width of 7 μm, were prepared on a curved glass surface by electrohydrodynamic (EHD) jet printing. With a 100 μm pitch, the EHD jet printed the Ag mesh on the convex glass which had a sheet resistance of 1.49 Ω/□. The printing speed was 30 cm s-1 using Ag ink, which had a 10 000 cPs viscosity and a 70 wt% Ag nanoparticle concentration. We further showed the performance of a 3-D transparent heater using the Ag mesh transparent electrode. The EHD jet printed an invisible Ag grid transparent electrode with good electrical and optical properties with promising applications on printed optoelectronic devices.

  13. Redox kinetics of adriamycin adsorbed on the surface of graphite and mercury electrodes.

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    Komorsky-Lovrić, Sebojka

    2006-09-01

    Kinetics of the surface redox reactions of adriamycin (doxorubicin hydrochloride) adsorbed on paraffin-impregnated graphite electrode (PIGE) and on mercury electrode is measured by square-wave voltammetry. In 0.9 mol/L KNO3 buffered to pH 4.65, the standard electrode reaction rate constants of the first quinone/hydroquinone redox couple (see Scheme 2) on PIGE and mercury are k(s1)=49+/-12 s(-1) and k(s1)=147+/-36 s(-1), respectively. Under the same conditions, the standard rate constant of the second redox couple on the PIGE is smaller than 4 s(-1) and the electron transfer coefficient of the reduction is alpha2=0.35.

  14. Surface structured platinum electrodes for the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide in imidazolium based ionic liquids.

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    Hanc-Scherer, Florin A; Montiel, Miguel A; Montiel, Vicente; Herrero, Enrique; Sánchez-Sánchez, Carlos M

    2015-10-07

    The direct CO2 electrochemical reduction on model platinum single crystal electrodes Pt(hkl) is studied in [C2mim(+)][NTf2(-)], a suitable room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) medium due to its moderate viscosity, high CO2 solubility and conductivity. Single crystal electrodes represent the most convenient type of surface structured electrodes for studying the impact of RTIL ion adsorption on relevant electrocatalytic reactions, such as surface sensitive electrochemical CO2 reduction. We propose here based on cyclic voltammetry and in situ electrolysis measurements, for the first time, the formation of a stable adduct [C2mimH-CO2(-)] by a radical-radical coupling after the simultaneous reduction of CO2 and [C2mim(+)]. It means between the CO2 radical anion and the radical formed from the reduction of the cation [C2mim(+)] before forming the corresponding electrogenerated carbene. This is confirmed by the voltammetric study of a model imidazolium-2-carboxylate compound formed following the carbene pathway. The formation of that stable adduct [C2mimH-CO2(-)] blocks CO2 reduction after a single electron transfer and inhibits CO2 and imidazolium dimerization reactions. However, the electrochemical reduction of CO2 under those conditions provokes the electrochemical cathodic degradation of the imidazolium based RTIL. This important limitation in CO2 recycling by direct electrochemical reduction is overcome by adding a strong acid, [H(+)][NTf2(-)], into solution. Then, protons become preferentially adsorbed on the electrode surface by displacing the imidazolium cations and inhibiting their electrochemical reduction. This fact allows the surface sensitive electro-synthesis of HCOOH from CO2 reduction in [C2mim(+)][NTf2(-)], with Pt(110) being the most active electrode studied.

  15. High surface area electrode materials by direct metallization of porous substrates

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    Chyan, O.; Chen, J.J.; Liu, M.; Richmond, M.G.; Yang, K.

    1995-12-31

    Recent advances in high surface area (HSA) electrode materials have played an important role in the development of high-performance batteries and fuel cells. HSA electrodes can significantly increase the power-density of batteries and fuel cells by enhancing the heterogeneous electrochemical reaction rate and concurrently reducing battery and fuel cell size and weight. The compactness of HSA electrodes can also reduce the ohmic potential drop, which has the clear advantage of reducing power losses. This paper reports results on utilizing direct metallization of porous substrates to prepare new HSA electrode materials. Specifically, Nickel HSA electrode materials, relevant to the Ni-Cd and metal-hydride rechargeable batteries, were prepared on porous carbon substrates by direct thermolysis of organometallic precursors and/or electroless Ni plating. SEM and XPS characterization results indicate a Ni metallic film was conformally coated over the porous carbon skeleton. The real electroactive areas were determined electrochemically in NaOH solution and results will be discussed in correlation with the metallization conditions.

  16. Multiple surface DBD electrode system for efficient and controlled generation of ozone

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    Prukner, Vaclav; Hoffer, Petr; Simek, Milan

    2016-09-01

    Electrical characteristics and ozone production measurements were performed to evaluate the efficiency of ozone generation using an amplitude-modulated AC Surface Dielectric Barrier Discharge (SDBD) in dry synthetic air and pure oxygen at atmospheric pressure. To increase the concentration and production of ozone we used the multiple SDBD electrode system consisting of several identical elements in parallel configuration. Each SDBD element is made of a thin alumina plate (10cm x 10 cm x 0,065cm) with metallic strips deposited on the upper side as a HV electrode and full square or strips on the opposite side as a ground electrode. An influence of a photocatalyst on ozone production was studied as well by inserting thin alumina plates coated with titanium dioxide thin films between SDBD electrodes. Alternatively, the SDBD electrodes directly coated with titanium dioxide were tested either. Dependence of ozone production on the discharge duty cycle and gas flow rate of 0,8 slm - 10 slm were evaluated. Work supported by TACR (Contract No. TA03010098).

  17. Comparison of the surface dielectric barrier discharge characteristics under different electrode gaps

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    Gao, Guoqiang; Dong, Lei; Peng, Kaisheng; Wei, Wenfu; Li, Chunmao; Wu, Guangning

    2017-01-01

    Currently, great interests are paid to the surface dielectric barrier discharge due to the diverse and interesting application. In this paper, the influences of the electrode gap on the discharge characteristics have been studied. Aspects of the electrical parameters, the optical emission, and the discharge induced gas flow were considered. The electrode gap varied from 0 mm to 21 mm, while the applied AC voltage was studied in the range of 17 kV-27 kV. Results indicate that with the increase of the electrode gap, the variation of discharge voltage exhibits an increasing trend, while the other parameters (i.e., the current, power, and induced flow velocity) increase first, and then decrease once the gap exceeded the critical value. Mechanisms of the electrode gap influencing these key parameters were discussed from the point of equivalent circuit. The experimental results reveal that an optimal discharge gap can be obtained, which is closely related to the applied voltage. Visualization of the induced flow with different electrode gaps was realized by the Schlieren diagnostic technique. Finally, the velocities of induced gas flow determined by the pitot tube were compared with the results of intensity-integral method, and good agreements were found.

  18. Diamond detectors with laser induced surface graphite electrodes

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    Komlenok, M.; Bolshakov, A.; Ralchenko, V.; Konov, V.; Conte, G.; Girolami, M.; Oliva, P.; Salvatori, S.

    2016-11-01

    We report on the response of metal-less CVD polycrystalline-diamond pixel sensors under β-particles irradiation. A 21×21 array of 0.18×0.18 mm2 pixels was realized on one side of a 10.0×10.0×0.5 mm3 polycrystalline diamond substrate by means of laser induced surface graphitization. With the same technique, a large graphite contact, used for detector biasing, was fabricated on the opposite side. A coincidence detecting method was used with two other reference polycrystalline diamond detectors for triggering, instead of commonly used scintillators, positioned in the front and on the back of the sensor-array with respect to the impinging particles trajectory. The collected charge distribution at each pixel was analyzed as a function of the applied bias. No change in the pulse height distribution was recorded by inverting the bias voltage polarity, denoting contacts ohmicity and symmetry. A fairly good pixel response uniformity was obtained: the collected charge most probable value saturates for all the pixels at an electric field strength of about ±0.6 V/μm. Under saturation condition, the average collected charge was equal to =1.64±0.02 fC, implying a charge collection distance of about 285 μm. A similar result, within 2%, was also obtained for 400 MeV electrons at beam test facility at INFN Frascati National Laboratory. Experimental results highlighted that more than 84% of impinging particles involved only one pixel, with no significant observed cross-talk effects.

  19. Influence of Structure and Surface Chemistry of Porous Carbon Electrodes on Supercapacitor Performance

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    Dyatkin, Boris

    Electrochemical double layer capacitors, which rely on electrosorption of ions in nanostructured carbon electrodes, can supplement or even replace traditional batteries in energy harvesting and storage applications. While supercapacitors offer > 10 kW/kg power densities, their ~5 Wh/kg energy densities are insufficient for many automotive and grid storage applications. Most prior efforts have focused on novel high-performing ionic liquid electrolytes and porous carbons with tunable pore diameters and high specific surface areas. However, existing research lacks fundamental understanding of the influence of surface heterogeneity and disorder, such as graphitic defects and functional groups, on key electrosorption properties at electrode-electrolyte interfaces. These interactions significantly impact charge accumulation densities, ion transport mechanisms, and electrolyte breakdown processes. Subsequently, they must be investigated to optimize ion screening, charge mobilities, and operating voltage windows of the devices. The research in this dissertation examined the influence of surface functional groups and structural ordering on capacitance, electrosorption dynamics, and electrochemical stability of external and internal surface of carbon electrodes. High-temperature vacuum annealing, air oxidation, hydrogenation, and amination were used to tune pore surface compositions and decouple key structural and chemical properties of carbide-derived carbons. The approach combined materials characterization by a variety of techniques, neutron scattering studies of ion dynamics, electrochemical testing, and MD simulations to investigate the fundamental intermolecular interactions and dynamics of ions electrosorption in different pore architectures and on planar graphene surfaces. Contrary to expected results and existing theories, defect removal via defunctionalization and graphitization decreased capacitance. Hydrogenated surfaces benefitted electrosorption, while oxygen

  20. Surface EMG-recordings using a miniaturised matrix electrode: a new technique for small animals.

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    Biedermann, F; Schumann, N P; Fischer, M S; Scholle, H C

    2000-04-01

    A new method for multichannel surface-EMG measurements in small animals is presented. The underlying scientific aim is the characterisation of the spreading and the co-ordination of skeletal muscle activation between different muscles or muscle parts, depending on various motor tasks. The myoelectrical signals were recorded monopolarly by a 16-channel matrix electrode on the muscle surface directly under the skin on the fascia of the investigated muscle, without damaging the muscle. Surface-EMG's were recorded for at least 5 days after surgery without electrical interferences. During defined motor tasks, the projection of the myoelectrical activation of the different parts of the M. triceps brachii of rats (Rattus norvegicus), pikas (Ochotona rufescens) and cuis (Galea musteloides) or the M. anconeus of toads (Bufo marinus) on the muscle surface was mapped. The locomotion of the investigated animals was monitored by a three-dimensional kinematic analysis (video and/or high-speed cineradiography). There was no perceptible influence from application of EMG matrix electrode. The miniaturised matrix electrode seemed practicable in gaining insight into changes in myoelectrical activation patterns (EMG mapping). This allows a characterisation of the intramuscular co-ordination processes corresponding to the actual morphofunctional state of the investigated animals.

  1. Conditions for the formation of nanostructures on electrode surfaces during atomic scale scratching

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    Nielinger, Michael; Berenz, Peter; Xiao, Xiaoyin; Baltruschat, Helmut

    2005-12-01

    A nanoscale place selective electrochemical deposition of foreign metals on different single crystal electrodes induced by a scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) tip was achieved by scanning with the STM tip very closely to an electrode surface which is covered by a monolayer of a foreign metal by underpotential deposition (UPD). Measuring the minimal conductance G, which is necessary for generating nanostructures, shows that a point contact between the STM tip and the UPD covered surface is formed. This is considered to be responsible for the tip-induced deposition. On Au(1 1 1) in Cu 2+ containing solutions at potentials positive of submonolayer formation, nanoscale scratches are achieved in this way, whereas in the absence of any foreign metal ions only large defects are introduced under the same conditions.

  2. The effect of surface and internal electrodes on the gait of children with cerebral palsy, spastic diplegic type.

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    Young, C C; Rose, S E; Biden, E N; Wyatt, M P; Sutherland, D H

    1989-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine whether surface and internal fine-wire electromyography electrodes had an effect on gait. The subjects for the experiments were 38 children with the spastic diplegic type of cerebral palsy. The children were filmed using the high-speed cinematographic technique while they walked (a) with no electrodes (unencumbered), (b) with only surface electrodes, and (c) with internal electrodes. Single stance time, step length, cadence, and walking velocity were compared with analysis of variance and Bonferroni t tests. The results included a significant decrease in cadence (-6.3% of unencumbered walking; p less than 0.05) when comparing walking with surface electrodes with walking without any electrodes. The internal electrodes caused significant decreases from normal walking in the following parameters: step length for both the measured leg (-18.6%; p less than 0.005) and the nonmeasured leg (-18.0%; p less than 0.005), cadence (-7.9%; p less than 0.02), and walking velocity (-23.5%; p less than 0.005). Internal electrodes caused significant decreases as compared with surface electrodes in the step length for both the measured leg (15.7%; p less than 0.01) and the nonmeasured leg (15.6%; p less than 0.005) and walking velocity (19.7%; p less than 0.005). Single stance phase did not change significantly in any of the comparisons. It appears that the addition of the surface electrode apparatus does change the normal gait of a subject, causing a large decrease in cadence. The measurement of gait with internal electrodes causes further change in gait, resulting in large decreases in step length and walking velocity.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  3. Influence of surface oxidation on ion dynamics and capacitance in porous and nonporous carbon electrodes

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    Dyatkin, Boris; Zhang, Yu; Mamontov, Eugene; ...

    2016-04-07

    Here, we investigate the influence of surface chemistry and ion confinement on capacitance and electrosorption dynamics of room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) in supercapacitors. Using air oxidation and vacuum annealing, we produced defunctionalized and oxygen-rich surfaces of carbide-derived carbons (CDCs) and graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs). While oxidized surfaces of porous CDCs improve capacitance and rate handling abilities of ions, defunctionalized nonporous GNPs improve charge storage densities on planar electrodes. Quasi-elastic neutron scattering (QENS) and inelastic neutron scattering (INS) probed the structure, dynamics, and orientation of RTIL ions confined in divergently functionalized pores. Oxidized, ionophilic surfaces draw ions closer to pore surfaces andmore » enhance potential-driven ion transport during electrosorption. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations corroborated experimental data and demonstrated the significance of surface functional groups on ion orientations, accumulation densities, and capacitance.« less

  4. Influence of surface oxidation on ion dynamics and capacitance in porous and nonporous carbon electrodes

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    Dyatkin, Boris; Zhang, Yu; Mamontov, Eugene; Kolesnikov, Alexander I.; Cheng, Yongqiang; Meyer, III, Harry M.; Cummings, Peter T.; Gogotsi, Yury G.

    2016-04-07

    Here, we investigate the influence of surface chemistry and ion confinement on capacitance and electrosorption dynamics of room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) in supercapacitors. Using air oxidation and vacuum annealing, we produced defunctionalized and oxygen-rich surfaces of carbide-derived carbons (CDCs) and graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs). While oxidized surfaces of porous CDCs improve capacitance and rate handling abilities of ions, defunctionalized nonporous GNPs improve charge storage densities on planar electrodes. Quasi-elastic neutron scattering (QENS) and inelastic neutron scattering (INS) probed the structure, dynamics, and orientation of RTIL ions confined in divergently functionalized pores. Oxidized, ionophilic surfaces draw ions closer to pore surfaces and enhance potential-driven ion transport during electrosorption. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations corroborated experimental data and demonstrated the significance of surface functional groups on ion orientations, accumulation densities, and capacitance.

  5. Surface-enhanced resonance Raman study of the photoreduction of methylviologen on a p-InP semiconductor electrode

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    Feng, Q.; Cotton, T.M.

    1986-03-13

    The redox reactions of methylviologen (MV) at a silver electrode and at a p-InP electrode have been studied by cyclic voltammetry and Raman spectroscopy. By deposition of a silver island overlayer onto a p-InP semiconductor electrode the surface enhancement effect was obtained, allowing the MV reduction products formed at the semiconductor electrode to be monitored in situ. The photovoltaic response on p-InP electrode was not perturbed by the presence of the silver overlayer. Surface-enhanced resonance Raman (SERR) spectroscopy has verified the adsorption of the products from the reduction reactions MV/sup 2 +/ + e/sup -/ ..-->.. MV/sup +/. and MV/sup +/. + e/sup -/ ..-->.. MV/sup 0/. The Raman spectrum of one-electron and two-electron (MV/sup 0/) reduced methylviologen was obtained by exhaustive electrolysis in acetonitrile solution to provide an assignment of the surface spectra. 31 references, 4 figures.

  6. In situ Raman spectroscopy of lithium electrode surface in ambient temperature lithium secondary battery. Final report

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    Tachikawa, Hiroyasu

    1992-09-01

    Raman spectroscopy was used to characterize surface layers on lithium electrodes in different solvents such as propylene carbonate (PC), dimethyl carbonate (DMC), diethyl carbonate (DEC), and polyethylene glycol 400 dimethyl ether (PEG400DME). Both DMC and DEC were used singly, and also mixed with either methyl acetate (MA) or methyl formate (MF). The Raman spectra showed that passive films formed on the Li surface in different solvents may have different chemical structures, which changed during the charging and discharging processes. Raman spectroscopy was also applied to characterize zinc electrode surfaces in alkaline solutions. The results suggested that ZnO and Zn(OH){sub 2} formed on the Zn electrode when a passive potential was applied. A solid film of fullerene C{sub 60}, which could be used as a cathode in Li rechargeable batteries, was examined in the PEG400DME solution by both electrochemical and Raman spectroscopy. Cyclic voltammograms (CVs) showed five redox peaks which suggested the formation of C{sub 60}{sup {minus}}, C{sub 60}{sup 2{minus}}, C{sub 60}{sup 3{minus}}, C{sub 60}{sup 4{minus}}, and C{sub 60}{sup 5{minus}}. Raman spectra obtained from a thin C{sub 60} film indicated that the thin fulleride film dissolved in the PEG400DME/LiClO{sub 4} solution at negative potentials.

  7. Use of Surface Enhanced Blocking (SEB) Electrodes for Microbial Cell Lysis in Flow-Through Devices

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    Talebpour, Abdossamad; Maaskant, Robert; Khine, Aye Aye; Alavie, Tino

    2014-01-01

    By simultaneously subjecting microbial cells to high amplitude pulsed electric fields and flash heating of the cell suspension fluid, effective release of intracellular contents was achieved. The synergistic effect of the applied electric field and elevated temperature on cell lysis in a flow-through device was demonstrated for Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, and Mycobacterium species. The resulting lysate is suitable for downstream nucleic acid amplification and detection without requiring further preparation. The lysis chamber employs surface enhanced blocking electrodes which possess an etched micro-structured surface and a thin layer of dielectric metal oxide which provides a large effective area and blocks transmission of electrical current. The surface enhanced blocking electrodes enable simultaneous suppression of the rapid onset of electric field screening in the bulk of the cell suspension medium and avoidance of undesired electrochemical processes at the electrode-electrolyte interface. In addition the blocking layer ensures the robustness of the cell lysis device in applications involving prolonged flow-through processing of the microbial cells. PMID:25033080

  8. Electrochemical behavior of a typical redox mediator on a modified electrode surface: Experiment and computer simulations

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    Gavilán Arriazu, E. M.; Paz Zanini, Verónica I.; Gulotta, Florencia A.; Araujo, Virginia M.; Pinto, O. A.

    2017-04-01

    This paper describes the study of a redox species electrosorption on a modified electrode by experimental measurements and computer simulation. The propose model is based on the fact that charges are transferred to the electrode when an electroactive species is adsorbed on its surface. The electrode surface is modified by the irreversible adsorption of a non-electroactive species, which blocks a percentage of the adsorption sites. Hence, the electroactive species can only be adsorbed on the surface vacancies, and, when this phenomenon occurs, interact laterally with the non-electroactive one. Lattice-gas models and Monte Carlo simulations in the Gran Canonical Ensemble are used. The analysis conducted is based on the study of adsorption isotherms and voltammograms, for several values of energies and adsorption degrees of the non-electroactive species. In the case of experimental measurements, an artificial clay (Laponite®) represents the non-electroactive species while the redox probe Fe(CN)64- is the electroactive one. The results obtained by the proposed model are compared with experimental voltammograms.

  9. The Impact of Surface Chemistry on Bio-derived Carbon Performance as Supercapacitor Electrodes

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    Alshareef, Niman H.; Whitehair, Daniel; Xia, Chuan

    2016-12-01

    In this study, we demonstrate that highly functionalized and porous carbons can be derived from palm-leaf waste using the template-free facile synthesis process. The derived carbons have high content of nitrogen dopant, high surface area, and various defects. Moreover, these carbons exhibit a high electrical conductivity (107 S m-1). Thanks to the high content of edge N (64.3%) and highly microporous nature (82% of microspores), these biomass-derived carbons show promising performance when used as supercapacitor electrodes. To be specific, these carbonaceous materials show a specific capacitance as high as 197 and 135 F g-1 at 2 and 20 A g-1 in three-electrode configuration, respectively. Furthermore, the symmetrical cells using palm-leaf-derived carbon show an energy density of 8.4 Wh Kg-1 at a power density of 0.64 kW Kg-1, with high cycling life stability (˜8% loss after 10,000 continuous charge-discharge cycles at 20 A g-1). Interestingly, as the power density increases from 4.4 kW kg-1 to 36.8 kW kg-1, the energy density drops slowly from 8.4 Wh kg-1 to 3.4 Wh kg-1. Getting such extremely high power density without significant loss of energy density indicates that these palm-leaf-derived carbons have excellent electrode performance as supercapacitor electrodes.

  10. The Impact of Surface Chemistry on Bio-derived Carbon Performance as Supercapacitor Electrodes

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    Alshareef, Niman H.; Whitehair, Daniel; Xia, Chuan

    2017-03-01

    In this study, we demonstrate that highly functionalized and porous carbons can be derived from palm-leaf waste using the template-free facile synthesis process. The derived carbons have high content of nitrogen dopant, high surface area, and various defects. Moreover, these carbons exhibit a high electrical conductivity (107 S m-1). Thanks to the high content of edge N (64.3%) and highly microporous nature (82% of microspores), these biomass-derived carbons show promising performance when used as supercapacitor electrodes. To be specific, these carbonaceous materials show a specific capacitance as high as 197 and 135 F g-1 at 2 and 20 A g-1 in three-electrode configuration, respectively. Furthermore, the symmetrical cells using palm-leaf-derived carbon show an energy density of 8.4 Wh Kg-1 at a power density of 0.64 kW Kg-1, with high cycling life stability (˜8% loss after 10,000 continuous charge-discharge cycles at 20 A g-1). Interestingly, as the power density increases from 4.4 kW kg-1 to 36.8 kW kg-1, the energy density drops slowly from 8.4 Wh kg-1 to 3.4 Wh kg-1. Getting such extremely high power density without significant loss of energy density indicates that these palm-leaf-derived carbons have excellent electrode performance as supercapacitor electrodes.

  11. Microelectrode arrays: a general strategy for using oxidation reactions to site selectively modify electrode surfaces.

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    Nguyen, Bichlien H; Kesselring, David; Tesfu, Eden; Moeller, Kevin D

    2014-03-04

    Oxidation reactions are powerful tools for synthesis because they allow for the functionalization of molecules. Here, we present a general method for conducting these reactions on a microelectrode array in a site-selective fashion. The reactions are run as a competition between generation of a chemical oxidant at the electrodes in the array and reduction of the oxidant by a "confining agent" in the solution above the array. The "confining agent" does not need to be more reactive than the substrate fixed to the surface of the array. In many cases, the same substrate placed on the surface of the array can also be used in solution as the confining agent.

  12. Studying the glial cell response to biomaterials and surface topography for improving the neural electrode interface

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    Ereifej, Evon S.

    Neural electrode devices hold great promise to help people with the restoration of lost functions, however, research is lacking in the biomaterial design of a stable, long-term device. Current devices lack long term functionality, most have been found unable to record neural activity within weeks after implantation due to the development of glial scar tissue (Polikov et al., 2006; Zhong and Bellamkonda, 2008). The long-term effect of chronically implanted electrodes is the formation of a glial scar made up of reactive astrocytes and the matrix proteins they generate (Polikov et al., 2005; Seil and Webster, 2008). Scarring is initiated when a device is inserted into brain tissue and is associated with an inflammatory response. Activated astrocytes are hypertrophic, hyperplastic, have an upregulation of intermediate filaments GFAP and vimentin expression, and filament formation (Buffo et al., 2010; Gervasi et al., 2008). Current approaches towards inhibiting the initiation of glial scarring range from altering the geometry, roughness, size, shape and materials of the device (Grill et al., 2009; Kotov et al., 2009; Kotzar et al., 2002; Szarowski et al., 2003). Literature has shown that surface topography modifications can alter cell alignment, adhesion, proliferation, migration, and gene expression (Agnew et al., 1983; Cogan et al., 2005; Cogan et al., 2006; Merrill et al., 2005). Thus, the goals of the presented work are to study the cellular response to biomaterials used in neural electrode fabrication and assess surface topography effects on minimizing astrogliosis. Initially, to examine astrocyte response to various materials used in neural electrode fabrication, astrocytes were cultured on platinum, silicon, PMMA, and SU-8 surfaces, with polystyrene as the control surface. Cell proliferation, viability, morphology and gene expression was measured for seven days in vitro. Results determined the cellular characteristics, reactions and growth rates of astrocytes

  13. Conducting elastomer surface texturing: a path to electrode spotting. Application to the biochip production.

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    Marquette, Christophe A; Blum, Loïc J

    2004-09-15

    A new active support for electro-chemiluminescent biochip preparation has been developed. This material was based on an original material composed of graphite modified polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS). The addressed inclusion of Sepharose beads at the surface of this elastomeric electrode generated interesting local high specific surface. The electrode was characterised by electrochemical (cyclic voltametry, chronoamperomatry) and imaging (scanning electron microscopy (SEM)) methods, and a surface area increase factor of 50 was found, linked to the texturing of the surface generated by the presence of the Sepharose beads. The consequence of this increase was shown to be a jump of the local electrochemical activity which induced a well defined and localised electro-chemiluminescent signal. The new material was used to design biochips based on the electro-chemiluminescent reaction of luminol with enzymatically produced hydrogen peroxide. Thus, when using beads bearing bio-molecules such nucleic acid or human IgG, in conjunction with glucose oxidas-labelled DNA or antibody, sensitive biochips could be obtained with detection limits of 10(11) and 10(10) molecules, respectively. Multi-parameter enzyme-based biochips could also be achieved by locally adsorbing, at the PDMS-graphite surface, either glucose oxidase, lactate oxidase or choline oxidase. Detection limits of 10 microM for lactate and choline and 20 microM for glucose were found, with detection ranging over two decades at least.

  14. Transitions from near-surface to interior redox upon lithiation in conversion electrode materials

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    He, Kai; Xin, Huolin L.; Zhao, Kejie; Yu, Xiqian; Norlund, Dennis; Weng, Tsu-Chien; Li, Jing; Jiang, Yi; Cadigan, Christopher A.; Richards, Ryan M.; Doeff, Marca M.; Yang, Xiao-Qing; Stach, Eric A.; Li, Ju; Lin, Feng; Su, Dong

    2015-01-29

    Nanoparticle electrodes in lithium-ion batteries have both near-surface and interior contributions to their redox capacity, each with distinct rate capabilities. Using combined electron microscopy, synchrotron X-ray methods and ab initio calculations, we have investigated the lithiation pathways that occur in NiO electrodes. We find that the near-surface electroactive (Ni²⁺→Ni⁰) sites saturated very quickly, and then encounter unexpected difficulty in propagating the phase transition into the electrode (referred to as a “shrinking-core” mode). However, the interior capacity for Ni²⁺→Ni⁰ can be accessed efficiently following the nucleation of lithiation “fingers” which propagate into the sample bulk, but only after a certain incubation time. Our microstructural observations of the transition from a slow shrinking-core mode to a faster lithiation finger mode corroborate with synchrotron characterization of large-format batteries, and can be rationalized by stress effects on transport at high-rate discharge. The finite incubation time of the lithiation fingers sets the intrinsic limitation for the rate capability (and thus the power) of NiO for electrochemical energy storage devices. The present work unravels the link between the nanoscale reaction pathways and the C-rate-dependent capacity loss, and provides guidance for the further design of battery materials that favors high C-rate charging.

  15. Transitions from near-surface to interior redox upon lithiation in conversion electrode materials

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    He, Kai; Xin, Huolin L.; Zhao, Kejie; ...

    2015-01-29

    Nanoparticle electrodes in lithium-ion batteries have both near-surface and interior contributions to their redox capacity, each with distinct rate capabilities. Using combined electron microscopy, synchrotron X-ray methods and ab initio calculations, we have investigated the lithiation pathways that occur in NiO electrodes. We find that the near-surface electroactive (Ni²⁺→Ni⁰) sites saturated very quickly, and then encounter unexpected difficulty in propagating the phase transition into the electrode (referred to as a “shrinking-core” mode). However, the interior capacity for Ni²⁺→Ni⁰ can be accessed efficiently following the nucleation of lithiation “fingers” which propagate into the sample bulk, but only after a certain incubationmore » time. Our microstructural observations of the transition from a slow shrinking-core mode to a faster lithiation finger mode corroborate with synchrotron characterization of large-format batteries, and can be rationalized by stress effects on transport at high-rate discharge. The finite incubation time of the lithiation fingers sets the intrinsic limitation for the rate capability (and thus the power) of NiO for electrochemical energy storage devices. The present work unravels the link between the nanoscale reaction pathways and the C-rate-dependent capacity loss, and provides guidance for the further design of battery materials that favors high C-rate charging.« less

  16. Surface-modified Mg{sub 2}Ni-type negative electrode materials for Ni-MH battery

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    Cui, N.; Luan, B.; Bradhurst, D.; Liu, H.K.; Dou, S.X.

    1997-12-01

    In order to further improve the electrode performance of Mg{sub 1.9}Y{sub 0.1}Ni{sub 0.9}Al{sub 0.1} alloy at ambient temperature, its surface was modified by an ultrasound pretreatment in the alkaline solution and microencapsulation with Ni-P coating. The effects of various surface modifications on the microstructure and electrochemical performance of the alloy electrodes were investigated and compared in this paper. It was found that the modification with ultrasound pretreatment significantly improved the electrocatalytic activity of the negative electrode and then reduced the overpotential of charging/discharging, resulting in a remarkable increase of electrode capacity and high-rate discharge capability but having little influence on the cycle life. However, the electrode fabricated from the microencapsulated alloy powder showed a higher discharge capacity, better high-rate discharge capability and longer cycle life as well.

  17. Surface characteristics of Ti-6Al-4V alloy by EDM with Cu-SiC composite electrode

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    Li, L.; Feng, L.; Bai, X.; Li, Z. Y.

    2016-12-01

    Ti-6Al-4V alloy is widely used in many industries due to its outstanding properties. However, it has poor machinability using conventional mechanical cutting process. Electrical discharge machining is an alternative competitive process to machine titanium alloy by electrical erosion. This article studies the machining characteristics of Ti-6Al-4V with Cu-SiC composite electrode. Surface topography, subsurface microstructure, energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis, and micro-hardness have been analyzed. The machined surfaces show irregular compound structures, droplets of debris, shallow craters, and micro-pores. The surfaces processed by Cu-SiC electrode have fewer number of microcracks compared with that by Cu electrode. Continuous and uniform hardened layer can be achieved by Cu-SiC electrode. The hardened layer has significantly higher hardness than the bulk material because the new phases of TiC and TiSi2 were created on the surface.

  18. Simulation Study on Semiconductor Coupled Surface Acoustic Wave Convolver through a Multi-Strip Electrodes

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    Hohkawa, Kohji; Suda, Takaya; Aoki, Yusuke; Kaneshiro, Chinami; Koh, Keishin

    2001-05-01

    This paper presents results of simulation study on a semiconductor coupled surface acoustic wave (SAW) convolver, in which the propagating SAW on a highly coupling coefficient piezoelectric substrate, couples with a bonded semiconductor diodes through multi-strip electrodes. We focus our study on a relatively wide band device which is the main feature of a highly efficiency device. By using a simple analysis and circuit simulator, based on the simulation program with integrated circuit emphasis (SPICE), we clarified the effect of device parameters, such as the shape of multi-strip tapping electrodes, characteristics of diode, impedance matching condition, kinds of transmission code and electro-mechanical coupling coefficient of SAW, on the device performances. We discussed the phenomenon, which cause the degradation, focusing on the frequency domain. We also clarified the essential problems of second order effect on the wide bandwidth device, which should be solved.

  19. Electrodes patterning on ionic polymer metal composite for making smooth surface on tunable mirrors

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    Cheng, Wei; Su, Guo-Dung J.

    2012-10-01

    Deformable mirror is a very important reflective component in optical system, which can vary the focal length while the surface deform. Nowadays several type of material were used as deformable mirror, such as liquid lens and MEMS deformable mirror. MEMS deformable mirror have been developed in our group and shows the potential. However, the problem of high actuation voltage is not easy to solve. In this thesis, we proposed using low voltage applied material, which is called Ioic-Polymer Metal Composite (IPMC) with the advantage of low applied voltage but high actuation performance. Arbitrary-shaped electrode IPMC was successfully fabricated by simply covering a shadow mask during electroless plating. Maximum central displacement of ellipsoid-shaped electrode IPMC can be achieved up to 350 μm under 2.5 volts applied. We believe this technique can be used in optical system as a deformable mirror in the future.

  20. Voltammetric and impedance behaviours of surface-treated nano-crystalline diamond film electrodes

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    Liu, F. B.; Jing, B.; Cui, Y.; Di, J. J.; Qu, M.

    2015-04-15

    The electrochemical performances of hydrogen- and oxygen-terminated nano-crystalline diamond film electrodes were investigated by cyclic voltammetry and AC impedance spectroscopy. In addition, the surface morphologies, phase structures, and chemical states of the two diamond films were analysed by scanning probe microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. The results indicated that the potential window is narrower for the hydrogen-terminated nano-crystalline diamond film than for the oxygen-terminated one. The diamond film resistance and capacitance of oxygen-terminated diamond film are much larger than those of the hydrogen-terminated diamond film, and the polarization resistances and double-layer capacitance corresponding to oxygen-terminated diamond film are both one order of magnitude larger than those corresponding to the hydrogen-terminated diamond film. The electrochemical behaviours of the two diamond film electrodes are discussed.

  1. Semi-analytical model for quasi-double-layer surface electrode ion traps

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    Zhang, Jian; Chen, Shuming; Wang, Yaohua

    2016-11-01

    To realize scale quantum processors, the surface-electrode ion trap is an effective scaling approach, including single-layer, double-layer, and quasi-double-layer traps. To calculate critical trap parameters such as the trap center and trap depth, the finite element method (FEM) simulation was widely used, however, it is always time consuming. Moreover, the FEM simulation is also incapable of exhibiting the direct relationship between the geometry dimension and these parameters. To eliminate the problems above, House and Madsen et al. have respectively provided analytic models for single-layer traps and double-layer traps. In this paper, we propose a semi-analytical model for quasi-double-layer traps. This model can be applied to calculate the important parameters above of the ion trap in the trap design process. With this model, we can quickly and precisely find the optimum geometry design for trap electrodes in various cases.

  2. The effect of surface transport on water desalination by porous electrodes undergoing capacitive charging

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    Shocron, Amit N.; Suss, Matthew E.

    2017-03-01

    Capacitive deionization (CDI) is a technology in which water is desalinated by ion electrosorption into the electric double layers (EDLs) of charging porous electrodes. In recent years significant advances have been made in modeling the charge and salt dynamics in a CDI cell, but the possible effect of surface transport within diffuse EDLs on these dynamics has not been investigated. We here present theory which includes surface transport in describing the dynamics of a charging CDI cell. Through our numerical solution to the presented models, the possible effect of surface transport on the CDI process is elucidated. While at some model conditions surface transport enhances the rate of CDI cell charging, counter-intuitively this additional transport pathway is found to slow down cell charging at other model conditions.

  3. The effect of surface transport on water desalination by porous electrodes undergoing capacitive charging

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    Shocron, Amit N.; Suss, Matthew E.

    2016-07-01

    Capacitive deionization (CDI) is a technology in which water is desalinated by ion electrosorption into the electric double layers (EDLs) of charging porous electrodes. In recent years significant advances have been made in modeling the charge and salt dynamics in a CDI cell, but the possible effect of surface transport within diffuse EDLs on these dynamics has not been investigated. We here present theory which includes surface transport in describing the dynamics of a charging CDI cell. Through our numerical solution to the presented models, the possible effect of surface transport on the CDI process is elucidated. While at some model conditions surface transport enhances the rate of CDI cell charging, counter-intuitively this additional transport pathway is found to slow down cell charging at other model conditions.

  4. Scanning tunneling microscopy of electrochemically activated platinum surfaces. A direct ex-situ determination of the electrode nanotopography

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    Vazquez, L.; Gomez, J.; Baro, A.M.; Garcia, N.; Marcos, M.L.; Velasco, J.G.; Vara, J.M.; Arvia, A.J.; Presa, J.; Garcia, A.; Aguilar, M.

    1987-03-18

    A direct scanning tunneling microscopy ex-situ determination on the nanometer scale of the topography of electrochemically highly activated platinum electrodes is presented. A correlation between catalytic activity and surface microtopography becomes evident. This result gives support to a structural model for the activated electrode surface. In the model, a volume with a pebble-like structure allows electrocatalytic processes to occur practically free of diffusion relaxation contributions under usual voltammetric conditions.

  5. An organic surface modifier to produce a high work function transparent electrode for high performance polymer solar cells.

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    Choi, Hyosung; Kim, Hak-Beom; Ko, Seo-Jin; Kim, Jin Young; Heeger, Alan J

    2015-02-04

    Modification of an ITO electrode with small-molecule organic surface modifier, 4-chloro-benzoic acid (CBA), via a simple spin-coating method produces a high-work-function electrode with high transparency and a hydrophobic surface. As an alternative to PEDOT:PSS, CBA modification achieves efficiency enhancement up to 8.5%, which is attributed to enhanced light absorption within the active layer and smooth hole transport from the active layer to the anode.

  6. Surface modification of battery electrodes via electroless deposition with improved performance for Na-ion batteries.

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    Lahiri, Abhishek; Olschewski, Mark; Gustus, René; Borisenko, Natalia; Endres, Frank

    2016-06-01

    Sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) are emerging as potential stationary energy storage devices due to the abundance and low cost of sodium. A simple and energy efficient strategy to develop electrodes for SIBs with a high charge/discharge rate is highly desirable. Here we demonstrate that by surface modification of Ge, using electroless deposition in SbCl3/ionic liquids, the stability and performance of the anode can be improved. This is due to the formation of GexSb1-x at the surface leading to better diffusion of Na, and the formation of a stable twin organic and inorganic SEI which protects the electrode. By judicious control of the surface modification, an improvement in the capacity to between 50% and 300% has been achieved at high current densities (0.83-8.4 A g(-1)) in an ionic liquid electrolyte NaFSI-[Py1,4]FSI. The results clearly demonstrate that an electroless deposition based surface modification strategy in ionic liquids offers exciting opportunities in developing superior energy storage devices.

  7. Piperidine adsorption on two different silver electrodes: A combined surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy and density functional theory study

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    Hao, Yanling; Fang, Yan

    2007-10-01

    The surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra of piperidine in silver colloid solution, on roughened silver electrode and on roughened silver electrode modified with silver nanoparticles were studied, and the high-quality SERS spectra of piperidine on roughened silver electrode modified with silver nanoparticles were obtained for the first time. Surface selection rules derived from the EM enhancement model were employed to deduce piperidine orientations on the different surfaces. On the basis of this, two models of piperidine adsorbed on the surface of the silver nanoparticles were built, and DFT-B3PW91/LanL2dz was applied to calculate the Raman frequencies. It proves that, at higher potential values, the piperidine is perpendicularly standing on the roughened silver electrode surface though its lone-electron pair, but in silver colloid solution and on the silver nanoparticles modified silver electrode the piperidine molecular lies flat on the silver surface. In the meantime, the potential dependent SERS of piperidine on the modified electrode were studied.

  8. Surface passivation of natural graphite electrode for lithium ion battery by chlorine gas.

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    Suzuki, Satoshi; Mazej, Zoran; Zemva, Boris; Ohzawa, Yoshimi; Nakajima, Tsuyoshi

    2013-01-01

    Surface lattice defects would act as active sites for electrochemical reduction of propylene carbonate (PC) as a solvent for lithium ion battery. Effect of surface chlorination of natural graphite powder has been investigated to improve charge/discharge characteristics of natural graphite electrode in PC-containing electrolyte solution. Chlorination of natural graphite increases not only surface chlorine but also surface oxygen, both of which would contribute to the decrease in surface lattice defects. It has been found that surface-chlorinated natural graphite samples with surface chlorine concentrations of 0.5-2.3 at% effectively suppress the electrochemical decomposition of PC, highly reducing irreversible capacities, i.e. increasing first coulombic efficiencies by 20-30% in 1 mol L-1 LiClO4-EC/DEC/PC (1:1:1 vol.). In 1 mol L-1 LiPF6-EC/EMC/PC (1:1:1 vol.), the effect of surface chlorination is observed at a higher current density. This would be attributed to decrease in surface lattice defects of natural graphite powder by the formation of covalent C-Cl and C=O bonds.

  9. High surface area electrodes in ionic polymer transducers: numerical and experimental investigations of the chemo-electric behavior

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    Akle, Barbar J.; Wallmersperger, Thomas; Akle, Etienne; Leo, Donald J.

    2008-03-01

    Ionomeric polymer transducers have received considerable attention in the past ten years due to their ability to generate large bending strain and moderate stress at low applied voltages. Ionic polymer transducers consist of an ionomer, usually Nafion, sandwiched between two electrically conductive electrodes. Recently, a novel fabrication technique denoted as the direct assembly process (DAP) enabled controlled electrode architecture in ionic polymer transducers. A DAP transducer usually consists of two high surface area electrodes made of uniform distributed particles sandwiching an ionomer membrane. Further enhancements to the DAP enabled sub-micron control of the electrode architecture. In this study a previously developed finite element model, capable of simulating ionic polymer transducers with high surface area electrodes is used to study the effect of electrode architecture on the actuation performance due to a unit volt step input. Four architectures are considered: Agglomerate, Gradient, Random, and Lines. The four architectures are simulated for low particle loading and high particle loading. The agglomerate presents the case of badly dispersed metal particles in the electrode. Simulation results demonstrate that particle aggregation reduces the actuation performance on an IPT. The Gradient simulates an IPT built using an Impregnation-Reduction method. The Gradient is compared to a randomly distributed electrode which represents an IPT built using the DAP method. Simulation results demonstrate that the DAP built IPT outperforms the one built using the impregnation-reduction method. Finally line architecture is simulated and results demonstrate that it outperforms random architecture especially at high particle loading.

  10. Crystallographic orientation and electrode nature are key factors for electric current generation by Geobacter sulfurreducens.

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    Maestro, Beatriz; Ortiz, Juan M; Schrott, Germán; Busalmen, Juan P; Climent, Víctor; Feliu, Juan M

    2014-08-01

    We have investigated the influence of electrode material and crystallographic structure on electron transfer and biofilm formation of Geobacter sulfurreducens. Single-crystal gold-Au(110), Au(111), Au(210)-and platinum-Pt(100), Pt(110), Pt(111), Pt(210)-electrodes were tested and compared to graphite rods. G. sulfurreducens electrochemically interacts with all these materials with different attachment kinetics and final current production, although redox species involved in the electron transfer to the anode are virtually the same in all cases. Initial bacterial colonization was fastest on graphite up to the monolayer level, whereas gold electrodes led to higher final current densities. Crystal geometry was shown to have an important influence, with Au(210) sustaining a current density of up to 1442±101μAcm(-2) at the steady state, over Au(111) with 961±94μAcm(-2) and Au(110) with 944±89μAcm(-2). On the other hand, the platinum electrodes displayed the lowest performances, including Pt(210). Our results indicate that both crystal geometry and electrode material are key parameters for the efficient interaction of bacteria with the substrate and should be considered for the design of novel materials and microbial devices to optimize energy production.

  11. Using electrochemistry - total internal refection imaging ellipsometry to monitor biochemical oxygen demand on the surface tethered polyelectrolyte modified electrode

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    Liu, Wei; Li, Meng; Lv, Bei'er; Chen, YanYan; Ma, Hongwei; Jin, Gang

    2015-03-01

    Our previous work has proposed an electrochemistry - total internal reflection imaging ellipsometry (EC-TIRIE) technique to observe the dissolved oxygen (DO) reduction on Clark electrode since high interface sensitivity makes TIRIE a useful tool to study redox reactions on the electrode surface. To amplify the optical signal noise ratio (OSNR), a surface tethered weak polyelectrolyte, carboxylated poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate-random- 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate) (abbreviated as carboxylated poly(OEGMA-r-HEMA)), has been introduced on the electrode surface. Since Clark electrode is widely used in biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) detection, we use this technique to measure BOD in the sample. The dynamic range of the system is from 0 ˜ 25 mg/L. Two samples have been measured. Compared with the conventional method, the deviation of both optical and electrical signals are less than 10%.

  12. Robust myoelectric signal detection based on stochastic resonance using multiple-surface-electrode array made of carbon nanotube composite paper

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    Shirata, Kento; Inden, Yuki; Kasai, Seiya; Oya, Takahide; Hagiwara, Yosuke; Kaeriyama, Shunichi; Nakamura, Hideyuki

    2016-04-01

    We investigated the robust detection of surface electromyogram (EMG) signals based on the stochastic resonance (SR) phenomenon, in which the response to weak signals is optimized by adding noise, combined with multiple surface electrodes. Flexible carbon nanotube composite paper (CNT-cp) was applied to the surface electrode, which showed good performance that is comparable to that of conventional Ag/AgCl electrodes. The SR-based EMG signal system integrating an 8-Schmitt-trigger network and the multiple-CNT-cp-electrode array successfully detected weak EMG signals even when the subject’s body is in the motion, which was difficult to achieve using the conventional technique. The feasibility of the SR-based EMG detection technique was confirmed by demonstrating its applicability to robot hand control.

  13. Calcium phosphates deposited on titanium electrode surface--part 1: Effect of the electrode polarity and oxide film on the deposited materials.

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    Okawa, Seigo; Watanabe, Kouichi; Kanatani, Mitsugu

    2013-01-01

    We report experimental results about the effect of polarity of electrode and anodized titanium oxide film on the deposited materials by electrolysis of an acidic calcium phosphate solution. Mirror-polished titanium and anodized titanium were used as anode or cathode, and a Pt plate was used as a counter electrode. The load voltage was held constant at 20 VDC. No deposited materials were found on the anode surface. On the other hand, dicalcium phosphate dihydrate (DCPD) was deposited on the cathode surface at the beginning of the electrolysis. After the electrolysis time 600 s, the non-stoichiometric hydroxyapatite (HAp) with several hundred nanometers was formed on the specimen surface. Based on X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data, the anodized oxide film contained both P(5+) and P(3+) ions. This characteristic of the oxide film and the electrolysis conditions were related to the behavior of the deposition of ultra fine HAp with high crystallinity.

  14. Individualized localization and cortical surface-based registration of intracranial electrodes

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    Dykstra, Andrew R.; Chan, Alexander M.; Quinn, Brian T.; Zepeda, Rodrigo; Keller, Corey J.; Cormier, Justine; Madsen, Joseph R.; Eskandar, Emad N.; Cash, Sydney S.

    2011-01-01

    In addition to its widespread clinical use, the intracranial electroencephalogram (iEEG) is increasingly being employed as a tool to map the neural correlates of normal cognitive function as well as for developing neuroprosthetics. Despite recent advances, and unlike other established brain mapping modalities (e.g. functional MRI, magneto- and electroencephalography), registering the iEEG with respect to neuroanatomy in individuals – and coregistering functional results across subjects – remains a significant challenge. Here we describe a method which coregisters high-resolution preoperative MRI with postoperative computerized tomography (CT) for the purpose of individualized functional mapping of both normal and pathological (e.g., interictal discharges and seizures) brain activity. Our method accurately (within 3mm, on average) localizes electrodes with respect to an individual’s neuroanatomy. Furthermore, we outline a principled procedure for either volumetric or surface-based group analyses. We demonstrate our method in five patients with medically-intractable epilepsy undergoing invasive monitoring of the seizure focus prior to its surgical removal. The straight-forward application of this procedure to all types of intracranial electrodes, robustness to deformations in both skull and brain, and the ability to compare electrode locations across groups of patients makes this procedure an important tool for basic scientists as well as clinicians. PMID:22155045

  15. Prediction of visual evoked potentials at any surface location from a set of three recording electrodes.

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    Mazinani, Babac A E; Waberski, Till D; van Ooyen, Andre; Walter, Peter

    2008-05-01

    Purpose of this study was to introduce a mathematical model which allows the calculation of a source dipole as the origin of the evoked activity based on the data of three simultaneously recorded VEPs from different locations at the scalp surface to predict field potentials at any neighboring location and to validate this model by comparison with actual recordings. In 10 healthy subjects (25-38, mean 29 years) continuous VEPs were recorded via 96 channels. On the base of the recordings at the positions POz', O1' and O2', a source dipole vector was calculated for each time point of the recordings and VEP responses were back projected for any of the 96 electrode positions. Differences between the calculated and the actually recorded responses were quantified by coefficients of variation (CV). The prediction precision and response size depended on the distance between the electrode of the predicted response and the recording electrodes. After compensating this relationship using a polynomial function, the CV of the mean difference between calculated and recorded responses of the 10 subjects was 2.8 +/- 1.2%. In conclusion, the "Mini-Brainmapping" model can provide precise topographical information with minimal additional recording efforts with good reliability. The implementation of this method in a routine diagnostic setting as an "easy-to-do" procedure would allow to examine a large number of patients and normal subjects in a short time, and thus, a solid data base could be created to correlate well defined pathologies with topographical VEP changes.

  16. Surface film formation on nickel electrodes in a propylene carbonate solution at elevated temperatures

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    Mogi, Ryo; Inaba, Minoru; Iriyama, Yasutoshi; Abe, Takeshi; Ogumi, Zempachi

    The effect of temperature on surface film formation on nickel electrode was studied in 1 mol dm -3 bis(perfluoroethylsulfonyl)imide dissolved in propylene carbonate by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and ac impedance spectroscopy. Cyclic voltammetry measurements revealed that electrolyte decomposition reactions are accelerated at elevated temperatures, especially at 60 and 80 °C. In situ AFM measurements showed that the film formation is fast and the resulting surface film is thicker at 80 °C than at room temperature. Furthermore, it was confirmed by ac impedance measurements that the resistance of surface film was very low at elevated temperatures. These results were discussed in relation to superior cycling characteristics of lithium deposition and dissolution at the elevated temperatures.

  17. A generic platform for the addressable functionalisation of electrode surfaces through self-induced "electroclick".

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    Orain, Christophe; Le Poul, Nicolas; Gomila, Antoine; Kerbaol, Jean-Michel; Cosquer, Nathalie; Reinaud, Olivia; Conan, Françoise; Le Mest, Yves

    2012-01-09

    A novel and general strategy for the immobilisation of functional objects onto electrodes is described. The concept is based on the addition of two pendant ethynyl groups onto a bis(pyridyl)amine derivative, which acts as a molecular platform. This platform is pre-functionalised with an N(3)-tagged object of interest by Huisgen cycloaddition to one of the ethynyl groups in biphasic conditions. Hence, when complexed by Cu(II) , this molecular-object holder can be immobilised, by a "self-induced electroclick", through the second ethynyl group onto N(3)-alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers on a gold electrode. Two different functional groups, a redox innocent ((CH(2))(3)-Ph) and an electrochemical probe (ferrocene), were immobilised by following this strategy. The in situ electrochemical grafting showed, for both systems, that the kinetics of immobilisation is fast. The voltammetric characterisation of the surface-tagged functionalised copper complexes indicated that a good surface coverage was achieved and that a moderately fast electron-transfer reaction occurs. Remarkably, in the case of the redox-active ferrocenyl-immobilised system, the electrochemical response highlighted the involvement of the copper ion of the platform in the kinetics of the electron transfer to the ferrocene moiety. This platform is a promising candidate for applications in surface addressing in areas as diverse as biology and materials.

  18. Appropriately placed surface EMG electrodes reflect deep muscle activity (psoas, quadratus lumborum, abdominal wall) in the lumbar spine.

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    McGill, S; Juker, D; Kropf, P

    1996-11-01

    This study tested the possibility of obtaining the activity of deeper muscles in the torso-specifically psoas, quadratus lumborum, external oblique, internal oblique and transverse abdominis, using surface myoelectric electrodes. It was hypothesized that: (1) surface electrodes adequately represent the amplitude of deep muscles (specifically psoas, quadratus lumborum, external oblique, internal oblique, transverse abdominis); (2) a single surface electrode location would best represent the activation profiles of each deep muscle over a broad variety of tasks. We assumed that prediction of activation within 10% of maximum voluntary contraction (RMS difference between the surface and intramuscular channels), over the time history of the signal, was reasonable and acceptable to assist clinical interpretation of muscle activation amplitude, and ultimately for modeled estimates of muscle force. Surface electrodes were applied and intramuscular electrodes were inserted on the left side of the body in five men and three women who then performed a wide variety of flexor tasks (bent knee and straight leg situps and leg raises, curl ups), extensor tasks (including lifting barbells up to 70 kg), lateral bending tasks (standing lateral bend and horizontal lying side support), twisting tasks (standing and sitting), and internal/external hip rotation. Using the criteria of RMS difference and the coefficient of determination (R2) to compare surface with intramuscular myoelectric signals, the results indicated that selected surface electrodes adequately represent the amplitude of deep muscles-always within 15% RMS difference, or less with the exception of psoas where differences up to 20% were observed but only in certain maximum voluntary contraction efforts. It appears reasonable for spine modelers, and particularly clinicians, to assume well selected surface electrode locations provide a representation of these deeper muscles-as long as they recognize the magnitude of error for

  19. Magnetohydrodynamic electrode

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    Boquist, Carl W.; Marchant, David D.

    1978-01-01

    A ceramic-metal composite suitable for use in a high-temperature environment consists of a refractory ceramic matrix containing 10 to 50 volume percent of a continuous high-temperature metal reinforcement. In a specific application of the composite, as an electrode in a magnetohydrodynamic generator, the one surface of the electrode which contacts the MHD fluid may have a layer of varying thickness of nonreinforced refractory ceramic for electrode temperature control. The side walls of the electrode may be coated with a refractory ceramic insulator. Also described is an electrode-insulator system for a MHD channel.

  20. Study on the deterioration mechanism of layered rock-salt electrodes using epitaxial thin films - Li(Ni, Co, Mn)O2 and their Zr-O surface modified electrodes

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    Abe, Machiko; Iba, Hideaki; Suzuki, Kota; Minamishima, Hiroaki; Hirayama, Masaaki; Tamura, Kazuhisa; Mizuki, Jun'ichiro; Saito, Tomohiro; Ikuhara, Yuichi; Kanno, Ryoji

    2017-03-01

    Deterioration mechanism of Li(Ni, Co, Mn)O2 and Zr-O surface modified electrodes has been elucidated using epitaxial thin films synthesized by pulsed laser deposition. The electrodes comprise a mixture of layered rock-salt and spinel phases. The deterioration mechanism is analyzed using cyclic voltammetry, in situ X-ray diffraction measurements, and in situ neutron reflectometry. The spinel phase in the electrodes has low electrochemical activity and is not involved in Li insertion/extraction. The amount of Li participating in the charge-discharge reactions in the layered rock-salt phase increases with cycling, inducing a phase change at the electrode surface, lowering the reversibility. In contrast, in the Zr-O surface modified electrode, the spinel phase does not increase on charging/discharging. Thus, the Zr-O modification stabilizes the surface of layered rock-salt structure, thereby improving the cycling characteristics. Also, after the Zr-O modification, the Li concentration in the liquid electrolyte near the electrode/electrolyte interface increases during charging/discharging. The Zr-O surface modification not only stabilizes the electrode surface but also causes changes on the electrolyte side. Using the mixed model electrodes, we elucidate the mechanism of electrode deterioration and the origin of the improvement in cycling characteristics occurring on surface modification.

  1. Reduction of Fermi level pinning at Au-MoS2 interfaces by atomic passivation on Au surface

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    Min, Kyung-Ah; Park, Jinwoo; Wallace, Robert M.; Cho, Kyeongjae; Hong, Suklyun

    2017-03-01

    Monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), which is a semiconducting material with direct band gap of ˜1.8 eV, has drawn much attention for application in field effect transistors (FETs). In this connection, it is very important to understand the Fermi level pinning (FLP) which occurs at metal-semiconductor interfaces. It is known that MoS2 has an n-type contact with Au, which is a high work function metal, representing the strong FLP at Au-MoS2 interfaces. However, such FLP can obstruct the attainment of high performance of field effect devices. In this study, we investigate the reduction of FLP at Au-MoS2 interfaces by atomic passivation on Au(111) using first-principles calculations. To reduce the FLP at Au-MoS2 interfaces, we consider sulfur, oxygen, nitrogen, fluorine, and hydrogen atoms that can passivate the surface of Au(111). Calculations show that passivating atoms prevent the direct contact between Au(111) and MoS2, and thus FLP at Au-MoS2 interfaces is reduced by weak interaction between atom-passivated Au(111) and MoS2. Especially, FLP is greatly reduced at sulfur-passivated Au-MoS2 interfaces with the smallest binding energy. Furthermore, fluorine-passivated Au(111) can form ohmic contact with MoS2, representing almost zero Schottky barrier height (SBH). We suggest that SBH can be controlled depending on the passivating atoms on Au(111).

  2. Theoretical approach for optical response in electrochemical systems: Application to electrode potential dependence of surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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    Iida, Kenji; Noda, Masashi; Nobusada, Katsuyuki

    2014-09-28

    We propose a theoretical approach for optical response in electrochemical systems. The fundamental equation to be solved is based on a time-dependent density functional theory in real-time and real-space in combination with its finite temperature formula treating an electrode potential. Solvation effects are evaluated by a dielectric continuum theory. The approach allows us to treat optical response in electrochemical systems at the atomistic level of theory. We have applied the method to surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) of 4-mercaptopyridine on an Ag electrode surface. It is shown that the SERS intensity has a peak as a function of the electrode potential. Furthermore, the real-space computational approach facilitates visualization of variation of the SERS intensity depending on an electrode potential.

  3. Silicon micropowder negative electrode endures more than 1000 cycles when a surface-roughened clad current collector is used

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    Kataoka, Riki; Oda, Yoshimitsu; Inoue, Ryouji; Kawasaki, Norioki; Takeichi, Nobuhiko; Kiyobayashi, Tetsu

    2017-04-01

    A surface-roughened clad (S-clad) current collector significantly extends the cycle-life of the lithium ion negative electrode composed of a silicon micropowder and an aqueous binder. The high tensile strength of the S-clad is also proved to be important for improving the battery performance of the electrode by comparison to a surface-roughened pure Cu current collector. Moreover, adding 10 vol.% fluoroethylene carbonate to the electrolyte further extends the cycle-life of the Si electrode. The synergic effect of the high adhesive and tensile strength of the S-clad current collector as well as the electrolyte additive results in maintaining the reversible capacity of 1000 mA h g-1 for more than 1000 cycles, in which 1.0-1.2 mg cm-2 of the active material is loaded on the electrode.

  4. Experimental and DFT theoretical studies of surface enhanced Raman scattering effect on the silver nano arrays modified electrode.

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    Zhang, Lisheng; Fang, Yan; Wang, Peijie

    2012-07-01

    Well-ordered silver nano arrays, prepared using anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template by laser molecular beam epitaxy (L-MBE) method, were adhered to the work electrode using conductive adhesive to be a Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate. Variable SERS signals of paranitrobenzoic acid (PNA) on the electrode modified with silver nano arrays were recorded with electric potential ranging from 0.1 to -0.5 V. The SERS spectra of PNA using DFT-B3PW91 with lanl2dz based on two models were calculated. It indicate that the adsorption orientation of probe molecules on the silver nano arrays with potential change of the electrode.

  5. An EMG-CT method using multiple surface electrodes in the forearm.

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    Nakajima, Yasuhiro; Keeratihattayakorn, Saran; Yoshinari, Satoshi; Tadano, Shigeru

    2014-12-01

    Electromyography computed tomography (EMG-CT) method is proposed for visualizing the individual muscle activities in the human forearm. An EMG conduction model was formulated for reverse-estimation of muscle activities using EMG signals obtained with multi surface electrodes. The optimization process was calculated using sequential quadratic programming by comparing the estimated EMG values from the model with the measured values. The individual muscle activities in the deep region were estimated and used to produce an EMG tomographic image. For validation of the method, isometric contractions of finger muscles were examined for three subjects, applying a flexion load (4.9, 7.4 and 9.8 N) to the proximal interphalangeal joint of the middle finger. EMG signals in the forearm were recorded during the tasks using multiple surface electrodes, which were bound around the subject's forearm. The EMG-CT method illustrates the distribution of muscle activities within the forearm. The change in amplitude and area of activated muscles can be observed. The normalized muscle activities of all three subjects appear to increase monotonically with increases in the load. Kinesiologically, this method was able to estimate individual muscle activation values and could provide a novel tool for studying hand function and development of an examination for evaluating rehabilitation.

  6. Adsorption and surface dynamics of short DNA and LNA oligonucleotides on single-crystal Au(1 1 1) electrode surfaces

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    Wackerbarth, Hainer; Grubb, Mikala; Wengel, Jesper; Chorkendorff, Ib; Ulstrup, Jens

    2006-05-01

    We have studied the surface dynamics of a double-strand decanucleotide (HS-10AT L) with 10 adenine-thymine base pairs linked to a Au(1 1 1)-electrode surface via a hexamethylene thiol linker. The study is based on a combination of voltammetry, interfacial capacitance data, electrochemical in situ scanning tunnelling microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The thymine bases of the oligonucleotide are connected to furanoses locked in a C3'- endo configuration called LNA (locked nucleic acid). Hybridization in solution is effected prior to linking to the Au(1 1 1)-surface. The melting point of the linker-free locked decanucleotide, 10AT L is >63 °C. However, voltammetric reductive desorption of the adsorbed thiol-modified double-strand decanucleotide, HS-10AT L, gives almost the same charge as single-strand HS-10A, 29 ± 3 and 27 ± 5 μC cm -2, respectively. In situ STM after HS-10AT L-immobilization also gives images showing highly ordered domains, virtually indistinguishable from those of immobilized HS-10A. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy gives an N/P ration of 5.0 for HS-10AT L in line with the expected value for single-strand HS-10A (5.0). All three sets of data suggest that HS-10AT L hybridized in solution is significantly dissociated on binding to the Au(1 1 1)-electrode surface. This points to an adsorption mechanism in which a stable high density of Au-S bonds is achieved but at the expense of significant unzipping of the more voluminous duplex form.

  7. An In Situ Surface Fourier Transform Infrared Study of the Adsorption of Isoquinoline at a Stationary Mercury Electrode

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    1988-07-15

    Infrared Study of the Adsorption of Isoquinoline at a Stationary Mercury Electrode by DJ. Blackwood and S. Pons Prepared for publication in J...Secunt ClaMwfkation) An in situ Surface Fourier Transform Infrared Study of the Adsorption of Isoquinoline at a Stationary Mercury Electrode D.lc...SUBJECT TERMS (Continue on roverse if necessary and identify by block ’e’ 9ELD I GROUP I SUB-GROUP infrared spectroelectrochemistry ,adsorption, mercury I

  8. Oxidation of coal and coal pyrite mechanisms and influence on surface characteristics. [Coal pyrite electrodes

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    Doyle, F.M.

    1992-01-01

    The objective of this research is to develop a mechanistic understanding of the oxidation of coal and coal pyrite, and to correlate the intrinsic physical and chemical properties of these minerals, along with changes resulting from oxidation, with those surface properties that influence the behavior in physical cleaning processes. The results will provide fundamental insight into oxidation, in terms of the bulk and surface chemistry, the microstructure, and the semiconductor properties of the pyrite. During the eighth quarter, wet chemical and dry oxidation tests were done on Upper Freeport coal from the Troutville [number sign]2 Mine, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. In addition electrochemical experiments were done on electrodes prepared from Upper Freeport coal pyrite and Pittsburgh coal pyrite samples provided by the US Bureau of Mines, Pittsburgh Research Center, Pennsylvania.

  9. Surface Second Harmonic Generation Studies of Stepped Ag(111) Electrode Surfaces

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1993-05-27

    whether SHG can distinguish between step and terrace sites on the surface by underpotential deposition of Pb2+ on these surfaces. These results will be...described in more detail in a later publication. Although lead underpotential deposition has been studied extensively by conventional electrochemical...methods, the assignment of the deposition processes to the observed three peaks in the v, nolayer deposition region continues to be of question. Current

  10. In situ surface potential evolution along Au/Gd:CeO2 electrode interfaces

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    Zhu, Jiaxin; Wang, Jiaying; Mebane, David S.; Nonnenmann, Stephen S.

    2017-04-01

    We present an investigation of electroactive Au/gadolinium doped ceria electrode interfaces under CO2/CO co-electrolysis environments using a combination of in situ high temperature scanning surface potential microscopy (HT-SSPM) and modified Poisson-Cahn (PC) models. Here charged surface adsorbate-oxygen vacancy interactions manifested in HT-SSPM potential profiles as small perturbations of opposite sign in reference to the applied biases. The positive deviation of surface potential on Au from applied cathodic biases is attributed to the work function difference between gold (ϕAu ˜ 5.31 eV) and graphitic carbon deposits (ϕC ˜ 5.0 eV) formed through CO disproportionation. The negative potential deviation from the applied anodic bias is attributed to negatively charged carboxylates. Results of the PC model confirmed the affinity of oxygen vacancies for the surface, thus supporting in situ experimental evidence of surface vacancy accumulation/depletion processes induced by cathodic/anodic biases.

  11. Self-assembly of virus-structured high surface area nanomaterials and their application as battery electrodes.

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    Royston, Elizabeth; Ghosh, Ayan; Kofinas, Peter; Harris, Michael T; Culver, James N

    2008-02-05

    High area nickel and cobalt surfaces were assembled using modified Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) templates. Rod-shaped TMV templates (300 x 18 nm) engineered to encode unique cysteine residues were self-assembled onto gold patterned surfaces in a vertically oriented fashion, producing a >10-fold increase in surface area. Electroless deposition of ionic metals onto surface-assembled virus templates produced uniform metal coatings up to 40 nm in thickness. Within a nickel-zinc battery system, the incorporation of virus-assembled electrode surfaces more than doubled the total electrode capacity. When combined, these findings demonstrate that surface-assembled virus templates provide a robust platform for the fabrication of oriented high surface area materials.

  12. Liquid electrode

    DOEpatents

    Ekechukwu, Amy A.

    1994-01-01

    A dropping electrolyte electrode for use in electrochemical analysis of non-polar sample solutions, such as benzene or cyclohexane. The liquid electrode, preferably an aqueous salt solution immiscible in the sample solution, is introduced into the solution in dropwise fashion from a capillary. The electrolyte is introduced at a known rate, thus, the droplets each have the same volume and surface area. The electrode is used in making standard electrochemical measurements in order to determine properties of non-polar sample solutions.

  13. A comparison of Pd and Au electrodes-based LiNbO3 surface acoustic wave devices

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    Liu, Bo; Mohammad, Mohammad Ali; Wang, Dan-Yang; Tian, Xiang-Guang; Tao, Lu-Qi; Yang, Yi; Ren, Tian-Ling

    2016-11-01

    We report the comparison of electrode metals for LiNbO3 surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices. Palladium (Pd) was systematically studied as a SAW electrode metal for the first time, compared with gold (Au). Simulations were first conducted to gain an understanding of the differences of the materials and the metallization ratio. Two sets of identical SAW devices were then fabricated using Au and Pd as electrodes with different electrode widths and same SAW period. The insertion losses, types of resonance mode, the resonance frequencies, peak amplitudes, quality factors and trends with different metallization ratios were systematically compared and analyzed. We found that Pd electrode devices only exhibit the parallel resonance frequency and have higher resonance frequency for both the first-order and third-order harmonics. Au electrode devices tend to have a smooth response and a quality factor two times higher than Pd. Both Pd and Au electrode devices have nearly identical electromechanical coupling coefficients, and the quality factor and third-order harmonics both improve with increasing metallization ratio.

  14. Development of interdigitated array electrodes with surface-enhanced Raman scattering functionality.

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    Islam, Md Monirul; Ueno, Kosei; Juodkazis, Saulius; Yokota, Yukie; Misawa, Hiroaki

    2010-01-01

    Interdigitated array electrodes with surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) functionality for in situ qualitative and quantitative analysis of electroactive species are demonstrated. Gold nanostructured interdigitated array electrodes (NIDAEs) were fabricated by electron beam lithography, and used for an electrochemical SERS study of K(3)[Fe(CN(6))] in aqueous KClO(4) solution in single and generation-collection modes. The generation-collection mode experiment showed amplification of the SERS band intensity for adsorbed ferricyanide ions at the negative end of the applied potential, while in single mode it was reduced to near zero. This new finding reveals that NIDAEs offer a new opportunity for analytical science by improving analytical sensitivity and detection ability of electroactive species. The electric fields accumulating at nanogaps are promising for manipulating linear and nonlinear optical phenomena. In addition, miniaturized NIDAEs are of great importance for developing lab-on-a-chip devices, and are useful for measurements within small space/volume domains, requiring only small amounts and/or concentrations of analytes.

  15. High specific surface gold electrode on polystyrene substrate: Characterization and application as DNA biosensor.

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    Yang, Zhiliu; Liu, Yichen; Lu, Wei; Yuan, Qingpan; Wang, Wei; Pu, Qiaosheng; Yao, Bo

    2016-05-15

    In the past decades, many efforts have been made to improve the sensitivity and specificity of electrochemical DNA biosensors. However, it is still strongly required to develop disposable and reliable DNA biosensors for wide and practical application. In this article, we reported superior electrochemical properties of an integrated plastic-gold electrode (PGE) fabricated in-house by chemical plating on polystyrene substrate. PGEs were found having extremely high capacity of DNA immobilization compared with gold electrodes fabricated by standard sputtering based photolithography. Unique nano-structured surface was observed on PGEs through morphology techniques, which would to some extend give an explanation to higher capacity of DNA immobilization on PGEs. A probable mechanism of carboxylic acid produced on polystyrene substrate after exposure to UV irradiation was proposed and discussed for the first time. This biosensor was applied to detection and manipulate of DNA hybridization. Detection limit of 7.2×10(-11) M and 1-500 nM of linearity range was obtained.

  16. The electrode as organolithium reagent: catalyst-free covalent attachment of electrochemically active species to an azide-terminated glassy carbon electrode surface.

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    Das, Atanu K; Engelhard, Mark H; Liu, Fei; Bullock, R Morris; Roberts, John A S

    2013-12-02

    The reaction of a lithium acetylide-ethylenediamine complex with azide-terminated glassy carbon surfaces affords 1,2,3-triazolyllithium surface groups that are active toward covalent C-C coupling reactions, including salt metathesis with an aliphatic halide and nucleophilic addition at an aldehyde. Surface ferrocenyl groups were introduced by reaction with (6-iodohexyl)ferrocene; the voltammetry of electrode samples shows narrow, symmetric peaks indicating uniform attachment. X-ray photoelectron and reflectance infrared spectroscopic data provide further support for the surface-attached products. Formation of the 1,2,3-triazolyllithium linkage requires neither a catalyst nor a strained alkyne. Coverages obtained by this route are similar to those obtained by the more common Cu(I)-catalyzed alkyne-azide coupling (CuAAC) of ethynylferrocene with surface azides. Preconditioning of the glassy carbon disk electrodes at ambient temperature under nitrogen affords coverages comparable to those reported with preconditioning at 1000 °C under hydrogen/nitrogen.

  17. Redox cycling effect on the surface-enhanced Raman scattering signal of crystal violet molecules at nanostructured interdigitated array electrodes.

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    Islam, Md Monirul; Ueno, Kosei; Misawa, Hiroaki

    2010-01-01

    Nanostructured interdigitated array (IDA) electrodes with different inter-electrode spacing were demonstrated to improve the detection sensitivity of short-lived electroactive species and to follow interfacial dynamics by their surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) functionality. Nanostructured IDA electrodes fabricated using electron beam lithography were used for an electrochemical SERS study of irreversible electroactive species, crystal violet (CV), in an aqueous KCl solution in single and generation-collection (GC) mode experiments. The GC mode enabled us to amplify the SERS intensity. An inter-electrode spacing dependent study found the maximum number of redox cycling, collection efficiency and amplification of the SERS intensity. Its SERS function disclosed the potential-dependent dynamics of CV molecules at the electrode surface, which was not observed in the redox current. Miniaturized nanostructured IDA electrodes are of great importance for developing lab on chip devices, and are useful for analyzing dynamical features within small space/volume domains, which require small amounts and/or concentration of analytes.

  18. Effects of pulsed potential on address electrode in a surface-discharge alternating-current plasma display panel

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    Ahn, Jeong Chull; Shintani, Youichi; Tachibana, Kunihide; Sakai, Tetsuo; Kosugi, Naoki

    2003-06-01

    The influence of pulsed potential application onto the address electrode of an ac-type plasma display panel was investigated from the observation of front and side views of Xe atom densities in the metastable (1s5) and excited (2p) states in a unit discharge cell by using microscopic laser absorption spectroscopy and optical emission spectroscopy. It was seen that a predischarge occurs between the address electrode and one of the sustain electrode worked as a preceding anode, which is a similar effect found previously by applying a higher sustain voltage. The predischarge partially erases the surface charge accumulated in the preceding pulse, but it induces a faster main sustain discharge, bowing towards the address electrode, and enhances the production efficiency of Xe(1s5) atoms, if the applied potential is within an optimal range.

  19. Metrological characteristics of the flat voltammetric electrode in time domain with a reversible electrochemical reaction running on the surface

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    Suchocki, Krzysztof

    2016-11-01

    The study deals with metrological characteristics of the flat voltammetric electrode used for determination of ions concentration by the DC voltammetric method, where a reversible reaction of electrochemical oxidation/reduction takes place on the surface. The analysis shows that such voltammetric electrode acts as a transducer of the first order, where the input signal is a concentration of marked ions in tested solution and the output signal is the current associated with a reversible reaction of oxidation / reduction. Metrological characteristics of such electrode in the time domain are determined by its sensitivity and time constant. The values of these parameters are defined by measurements of characteristics of the voltammetric electrode, polarization voltage and marked ions. To determine the effect of a particular volume of each of these parameters several numerical simulations are presented.

  20. Influence of surface states of CuInS2 quantum dots in quantum dots sensitized photo-electrodes

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    Peng, Zhuoyin; Liu, Yueli; Wu, Lei; Zhao, Yinghan; Chen, Keqiang; Chen, Wen

    2016-12-01

    Surface states are significant factor for the enhancement of electrochemical performance in CuInS2 quantum dot sensitized photo-electrodes. DDT, OLA, MPA, and S2- ligand capped CuInS2 quantum dot sensitized photo-electrodes are prepared by thermolysis, solvethermal and ligand-exchange processes, respectively, and their optical properties and photoelectrochemical properties are investigated. The S2- ligand enhances the UV-vis absorption and electron-hole separation property as well as the excellent charge transfer performance of the photo-electrodes, which is attributed to the fact that the atomic S2- ligand for the interfacial region of quantum dots may improve the electron transfer rate. These S2--capped CuInS2 quantum dot sensitized photo-electrodes exhibit the excellent photoelectrochemical efficiency and IPCE peak value, which is higher than that of the samples with DDT, OLA and MPA ligands.

  1. Three-dimensionally ordered macroporous nitroxide polymer brush electrodes prepared by surface-initiated atom transfer polymerization for organic radical batteries.

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    Lin, Chun-Hao; Chou, Wei-Jen; Lee, Jyh-Tsung

    2012-01-01

    The synthesis and electrochemical performance of three-dimensionally ordered macroporous (3DOM) nitroxide polymer brush electrodes for organic radical batteries are reported. The 3DOM electrodes are synthesized via polystyrene colloidal crystal templating with electropolymerization of polypyrrole, modification of surface initiator, and surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization. The discharge capacity of the 3DOM electrodes is proportional to the thickness of the inverse opal. The discharge capacity of the 3DOM electrode at a discharge rate of 5 C is 40 times higher than that of the planar electrode; its cycle-life performance exhibits 96.1% retention after 250 cycles.

  2. High surface area electrodes in ionic polymer transducers: Numerical and experimental investigations of the electro-chemical behavior

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    Akle, Barbar J.; Habchi, Wassim; Wallmersperger, Thomas; Akle, Etienne J.; Leo, Donald J.

    2011-04-01

    Ionomeric polymer transducer (IPT) is an electroactive polymer that has received considerable attention due to its ability to generate large bending strain (>5%) and moderate stress at low applied voltages (±2 V). Ionic polymer transducers consist of an ionomer, usually Nafion, sandwiched between two electrically conductive electrodes. A novel fabrication technique denoted as the direct assembly process (DAP) enabled controlled electrode architecture in ionic polymer transducers. A DAP built transducer consists of two high surface area electrodes made of electrically conducting particles uniformly distributed in an ionomer matrix sandwiching an ionomer membrane. The purpose of this paper is to investigate and simulate the effect of these high surface area particles on the electro-chemical response of an IPT. Theoretical investigations as well as experimental verifications are performed. The model used consists of a convection-diffusion equation describing the chemical field as well as a Poisson equation describing the electrical field. The two-dimensional model incorporates highly conductive particles randomly distributed in the electrode area. Traditionally, these kinds of electrodes were simulated with boundary conditions representing flat electrodes with a large dielectric permittivity at the polymer boundary. This model enables the design of electrodes with complicated geometrical patterns. In the experimental section, several transducers are fabricated using the DAP process on Nafion 117 membranes. The architecture of the high surface area electrodes in these samples is varied. The concentration of the high surface area RuO2 particles is varied from 30 vol% up to 60 vol% at a fixed thickness of 30 μm, while the overall thickness of the electrode is varied from 10 μm up to 40 μm at a fixed concentration of 45%. The flux and charge accumulation in the materials are measured experimentally and compared to the results of the numerical simulations. Trends of

  3. Memristive behavior of Al2O3 film with bottom electrode surface modified by Ag nanoparticles

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    Qin, Shu-Chao; Dong, Rui-Xin; Yan, Xun-Ling

    2014-09-01

    The memristive behavior of Al2O3-based device is significantly improved by introducing Ag nanoparticles (NPs). Inserting Ag NPs can effectively reduce the switching voltages, increase the resistance ratio (about 104) and enhance the sweep endurance (300 cycles). In particular, the stable switching properties are obtained by inserting an Ag NPs layer with an average diameter of 14 nm on the surface of bottom electrode, and the devices show a long retention time (more than 106 s) compared with the devices without Ag NPs. The switching mechanism is related to the oxygen-vacancy-based conducting filaments and the interfacial effect. The local enhancement and nonuniform distribution of electric field have the benefits to promote, induce and modulate the growth of conducting filaments, such as shape, location and orientation, which are responsible for the improvement performance of the devices.

  4. Memristive behavior of Al2O3 film with bottom electrode surface modified by Ag nanoparticles

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    Qin, Shu-Chao; Dong, Rui-Xin; Yan, Xun-Ling

    2015-02-01

    The memristive behavior of Al2O3-based device is significantly improved by introducing Ag nanoparticles (NPs). Inserting Ag NPs can effectively reduce the switching voltages, increase the resistance ratio (about 104) and enhance the sweep endurance (300 cycles). In particular, the stable switching properties are obtained by inserting an Ag NPs layer with an average diameter of 14 nm on the surface of bottom electrode, and the devices show a long retention time (more than 106 s) compared with the devices without Ag NPs. The switching mechanism is related to the oxygen-vacancy-based conducting filaments and the interfacial effect. The local enhancement and nonuniform distribution of electric field have the benefits to promote, induce and modulate the growth of conducting filaments, such as shape, location and orientation, which are responsible for the improvement performance of the devices.

  5. Surface morphology of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles on aluminum interdigitated device electrodes (IDEs)

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    Azizah, N.; Hashim, U.; Arshad, M. K. Md.; Gopinath, Subash C. B.; Nadzirah, Sh.; Farehanim, M. A.; Fatin, M. F.; Ruslinda, A. R.; Ayub, R. M.

    2016-07-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles based Interdigitated Device Electrodes (IDEs) Nanobiosensor device was developed for intracellular biochemical detection. Fabrication and characterization of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) using IDE nanocoated with TiO2 was studied in this paper. SEM analysis was carried out at 10 kV acceleration volatege and a 9.8 mA emission current to compare IDE with and without TiO2 on the surface area. The simple fabrication process, high sensitivity, and fast response of the TiO2 based IDEs facilitate their applications in a wide range of areas. The small size of semiconductor TiO2 based IDE for sensitive, label-free, real time detection of a wide range of biological species could be explored in vivo diagnostics and array-based screening.

  6. Modular cryostat for ion trapping with surface-electrode ion traps

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    Vittorini, Grahame; Wright, Kenneth; Brown, Kenneth R.; Harter, Alexa W.; Doret, S. Charles

    2013-04-01

    We present a simple cryostat purpose built for use with surface-electrode ion traps, designed around an affordable, large cooling power commercial pulse tube refrigerator. A modular vacuum enclosure with a single vacuum space facilitates interior access and enables rapid turnaround and flexibility for future modifications. Long rectangular windows provide nearly 360° of optical access in the plane of the ion trap, while a circular bottom window near the trap enables NA 0.4 light collection without the need for in-vacuum optics. We evaluate the system's mechanical and thermal characteristics and we quantify ion trapping performance by trapping 40Ca+, finding small stray electric fields, long ion lifetimes, and low ion heating rates.

  7. Displacement of thiophene by methanethiol observed in situ by scanning tunneling microscopy and quartz crystal oscillator gravimetric analysis on Au(111)

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    Dishner, M.H.; Taborek, P.; Hemminger, J.C.; Feher, F.J.

    1998-11-10

    Quartz crystal microbalance and scanning tunneling microscopy experiments have been used to demonstrate that self-assembled monolayers of thiophene on gold can be quantitatively replaced by absorption of methanethiol from the gas phase. Adsorption of thiophene on the gold surface results in the relaxation of the clean gold surface reconstruction and the formation of vacancy islands or pits in the gold. Subsequent annealing of the monolayer can result in the complete removal of the vacancy islands. Methanethiol displacement of thiophene monolayers that have been previously annealed to remove vacancy island pits does not generate additional pits in the gold surface. Thus, ordered methanethiol monolayers which are free from vacancy island pits in the underlying gold surface can be formed by displacement of annealed thiophene monolayers. These results provide strong additional evidence that the formation of vacancy islands in the gold during the formation of alkanethiol SAMs is directly associated with relaxation of the clean surface reconstruction, rather than conventional chemical etching of the surface by alkanethiol.

  8. Fundamental Studies of Surface Processes and Trace Analysis Using Solid Electrodes

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    1989-11-01

    electrodes. Underpotential deposition (UPD) studies were undertaken at polycystalline silver electrodes. Using the electrochemical quartz crystal... Underpotential deposition (UPD) studies were undertaken at polycrystalline silver electrodes. Using the electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance, it...headings. PHYSICAL ELECTROC I] CAL STUDIES. Tracking Anion Expulsion During Underpotential Deposition of Lead at Silver Using the Quartz Mlerobalance

  9. The Electrode as Organolithium Reagent: Catalyst-Free Covalent Attachment of Electrochemically Active Species to an Azide-Terminated Glassy Carbon Electrode Surface

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    Das, Atanu K.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Liu, Fei; Bullock, R. Morris; Roberts, John A.

    2013-12-02

    Glassy carbon electrodes have been activated for modification with azide groups and subsequent coupling with ferrocenyl reagents by a catalyst-free route using lithium acetylide-ethylenediamine complex, and also by the more common Cu(I)-catalyzed alkyne-azide coupling (CuAAC) route, both affording high surface coverages. Electrodes were preconditioned at ambient temperature under nitrogen, and ferrocenyl surface coverages obtained by CuAAC were comparable to those reported with preconditioning at 1000 °C under hydrogen/nitrogen. The reaction of lithium acetylide-ethylenediamine with the azide-terminated electrode affords a 1,2,3-triazolyllithium-terminated surface that is active toward covalent C-C coupling reactions including displacement at an aliphatic halide and nucleophilic addition at an aldehyde. For example, surface ferrocenyl groups were introduced by reaction with (6-iodohexyl)ferrocene; the voltammetry shows narrow, symmetric peaks indicating uniform attachment. Coverages are competitive with those obtained by the CuAAC route. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic data, presented for each synthetic step, are consistent with the proposed reactions. This research was supported as part of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for the US Department of Energy. A portion of the research was performed using EMSL, a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

  10. A paradoxical method for NAD+/NADH accumulation on an electrode surface using a hydrophobic ionic liquid.

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    Masuda, Miyuki; Motoyama, Yusuke; Kuwahara, Jun; Nakamura, Nobuhumi; Ohno, Hiroyuki

    2013-01-15

    In this communication, we describe a novel and facile method for the immobilization of NAD(+)/NADH on an electrode surface using a hydrophobic ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([C4mim][Tf(2)N]). By taking advantage of the insolubility of NAD(+)/NADH in hydrophobic ionic liquids, it is expected that NAD(+)/NADH can be retained on the electrode's surface. Alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and NAD(+)/NADH were immobilized with a gelatin hydrogel on an electrode that was modified with an electropolymerized ruthenium complex containing 5-amino-1,10-phenanthroline (pAPRu) as a mediator for NADH oxidation. The (ADH, NAD(+))/pAPRu-immobilized electrode exhibited the electrocatalytic oxidation of ethanol in [C4mim][Tf(2)N]. The obtained catalytic current in [C4mim][Tf(2)N] was comparable to that in buffer solution containing NAD(+). It was confirmed by UV-vis spectroscopy that NAD(+) did not dissolve in the [C4mim][Tf(2)N] and was retained on the electrode's surface. Furthermore, we succeeded in constructing an ethanol/O(2) biofuel cell comprised of an (ADH, NAD(+))/pAPRu anode and a bilirubin oxidase cathode using [C4mim][Tf(2)N] as an electrolyte.

  11. Effects of surface tension and electrochemical reactions in Li-ion battery electrode nanoparticles

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    Stein, Peter; Zhao, Ying; Xu, Bai-Xiang

    2016-11-01

    The size- and shape-dependency of the chemo-mechanical behavior of spherical and ellipsoidal nanoparticles in Li-ion battery electrodes are investigated by a stress-assisted diffusion model and 3D finite element simulations. The model features surface tension, a direct coupling between diffusion and elasticity, concentration-dependent diffusivity, and a Butler-Volmer relation for the description of electrochemical reactions that is modified to account for mechanical effects. Simulation results on spherical particles reveal that surface tension causes additional pressure fields in the particles, shifting the stress state towards the compressive regime. This provides mechanical stabilization, allowing, in principle, for higher charge/discharge rates. However, due to this pressure the attainable lithiation for a given potential difference is reduced during insertion, whereas a higher amount of ions is given off during extraction. Ellipsoidal particles with an aspect ratio deviating from that of a sphere with the same volume expose a larger surface area to the intercalation reactions. Consequently, they exhibit accelerated (dis)charge rates. However, due to the enhanced pressure in regions with high curvature, the accessible capacity of ellipsoidal particles is less than that of spherical particles.

  12. Experimental progress with novel surface electrode ion trap structures for quantum information processing

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    Clark, Craig; Blain, Matthew; Benito, Francisco; Chou, Chin-Wen; Descour, Mike; Ellis, Rob; Haltli, Ray; Heller, Edwin; Kemme, Shanalyn; Sterk, Jon; Tabakov, Boyan; Tigges, Chris; Maunz, Peter; Stick, Daniel

    2013-05-01

    Segmented surface electrode ion traps are one of the most mature platforms among candidates for scalable quantum information processing. In this poster, an overview of current results from four specific projects will be presented. Two projects involve increased light collection from trapped ion for state detection and/or remote entangling of distant ions. The first involves cavity integration into a linear surface trap, and the second, involves integration of diffractive optical elements into a linear surface trap for increased light collection. Another project involves a trap with a ring geometry which could be used to trap long chains of equally spaced ions. Finally, we report on initial testing of a trap structure with vastly improved in-plane optical access. In this structure in-plane beams can be focused to less than 8 microns while keeping a distance of at least 5 beam radii to the trap structure. Along with these projects other relevant progress from Sandia National Laboratory's ion trap group will be presented. This work was supported by Sandia's Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  13. Effects of the surface mobility on the oxidation of adsorbed CO on platinum electrodes in alkaline media. The role of the adlayer and surface defects.

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    Herrero, Enrique; Chen, Qing-Song; Hernández, Javier; Sun, Shi-Gang; Feliu, Juan M

    2011-10-06

    The oxidation of adsorbed CO on Pt single crystal electrodes has been studied in alkaline media. The surfaces used in this study were the Pt(111) electrode and vicinal stepped and kinked surfaces with (111) terraces. The kinked surfaces have either (110) steps broken by (100) kinks or (100) steps broken by (110) kinks and different kink densities. The voltammetric profiles for the CO stripping on those electrodes show peaks corresponding to the oxidation of CO on the (111) terraces, on the (100) steps/kinks and on the (110) steps/kinks at very distinctive potentials. Additionally, the stripping voltammograms always present a prewave. The analysis of the results with the different stepped and kinked surfaces indicates that the presence of the prewave is not associated with defects or kinks in the electrode surface. Also, the clear separation of the CO stripping process in different peak contributions indicates that the mobility of CO on the surface is very low. Using partial CO stripping experiments and studies at different pH, it has been proposed that the low mobility is a consequence of the negative absolute potential at which the adlayers are formed in alkaline media. Also, the surface diffusion coefficient for CO in these media has been estimated from the dependence of the stripping charge of the peaks with the scan rate of the voltammetry.

  14. Feasibility study of surface-modified carbon cloth electrodes using atmospheric pressure plasma jets for microbial fuel cells

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    Chang, Shih-Hang; Liou, Jyun-Sian; Liu, Jung-Liang; Chiu, Yi-Fan; Xu, Chang-Han; Chen, Bor-Yann; Chen, Jian-Zhang

    2016-12-01

    This study investigated the surface and electrochemical properties of carbon cloth electrodes surface-modified by using atmospheric pressure plasma jets (APPJs) for applications involving microbial fuel cells (MFCs). APPJ treatment made the carbon cloth highly hydrophilic and did not introduce any observable cracks or flaws. MFCs configured with APPJ-treated carbon cloth electrodes exhibited electrochemical performance (maximum power density of 7.56 mW m-2) superior to that of MFCs configured with untreated carbon cloth electrodes (maximum power density of 2.38 mW m-2). This boost in performance can be attributed to the formation of abundant carboxyl and ammonium functional groups on the surface of APPJ-treated carbon cloth, which promoted the formation of anodic biofilms and the adhesion of bacteria, while facilitating the transfer of electrons from the bacteria to the electrodes. APPJ surface modification is non-toxic and environmentally friendly (no exogenous chemicals are required), which is particularly beneficial as the introduction of toxins might otherwise inhibit bacterial growth and metabolism. The APPJ surface modification process is rapid, cost-effective, and applicable to substrates covering a large area, making it ideal for the fabrication of large-scale MFCs and bioelectrochemical bioenergy devices.

  15. Flexible and Highly Biocompatible Nanofiber-Based Electrodes for Neural Surface Interfacing.

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    Heo, Dong Nyoung; Kim, Han-Jun; Lee, Yi Jae; Heo, Min; Lee, Sang Jin; Lee, Donghyun; Do, Sun Hee; Lee, Soo Hyun; Kwon, Il Keun

    2017-03-28

    Polyimide (PI)-based electrodes have been widely used as flexible biosensors in implantable device applications for recording biological signals. However, the long-term quality of neural signals obtained from PI-based nerve electrodes tends to decrease due to nerve damage by neural tissue compression, mechanical mismatch, and insufficient fluid exchange between the neural tissue and electrodes. Here, we resolve these problems with a developed PI nanofiber (NF)-based nerve electrode for stable neural signal recording, which can be fabricated via electrospinning and inkjet printing. We demonstrate an NF-based nerve electrode that can be simply fabricated and easily applied due to its high permeability, flexibility, and biocompatibility. Furthermore, the electrode can record stable neural signals for extended periods of time, resulting in decreased mechanical mismatch, neural compression, and contact area. NF-based electrodes with highly flexible and body-fluid-permeable properties could enable future neural interfacing applications.

  16. A nonmonotonic dependence of standard rate constant on reorganization energy for heterogeneous electron transfer processes on electrode surface

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    Xu, Weilin; Li, Songtao; Zhou, Xiaochun; Xing, Wei; Huang, Mingyou; Lu, Tianhong; Liu, Changpeng

    2006-05-01

    In the present work a nonmonotonic dependence of standard rate constant (k0) on reorganization energy (λ) was discovered qualitatively from electron transfer (Marcus-Hush-Levich) theory for heterogeneous electron transfer processes on electrode surface. It was found that the nonmonotonic dependence of k0 on λ is another result, besides the disappearance of the famous Marcus inverted region, coming from the continuum of electronic states in electrode: with the increase of λ, the states for both Process I and Process II ET processes all vary from nonadiabatic to adiabatic state continuously, and the λ dependence of k0 for Process I is monotonic thoroughly, while for Process II on electrode surface the λ dependence of k0 could show a nonmonotonicity.

  17. In Vivo Airway Surface Liquid Cl− Analysis with Solid-State Electrodes

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    Caldwell, Ray A.; Grubb, Barbara R.; Tarran, Robert; Boucher, Richard C.; Knowles, Michael R.; Barker, Pierre M.

    2002-01-01

    The pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis (CF) airways disease remains controversial. Hypotheses that link mutations in CFTR and defects in ion transport to CF lung disease predict that alterations in airway surface liquid (ASL) isotonic volume, or ion composition, are critically important. ASL [Cl−] is pivotal in discriminating between these hypotheses, but there is no consensus on this value given the difficulty in measuring [Cl−] in the “thin” ASL (∼30 μm) in vivo. Consequently, a miniaturized solid-state electrode with a shallow depth of immersion was constructed to measure ASL [Cl−] in vivo. In initial experiments, the electrode measured [Cl−] in physiologic salt solutions, small volume (7.6 μl) test solutions, and in in vitro cell culture models, with ≥93% accuracy. Based on discrepancies in reported values and/or absence of data, ASL Cl− measurements were made in the following airway regions and species. First, ASL [Cl−] was measured in normal human nasal cavity and averaged 117.3 ± 11.2 mM (n = 6). Second, ASL [Cl−] measured in large airway (tracheobronchial) regions were as follows: rabbit trachea and bronchus = 114.3 ± 1.8 mM; (n = 6) and 126.9 ± 1.7 mM; (n = 3), respectively; mouse trachea = 112.8 ± 4.2 mM (n = 13); and monkey bronchus = 112.3 ± 10.9 mM (n = 3). Third, Cl− measurements were made in small (1–2 mm) diameter airways of the rabbit (108.3 ± 7.1 mM, n = 5) and monkey (128.5 ± 6.8 mM, n = 3). The measured [Cl−], in excess of 100 mM throughout all airway regions tested in multiple species, is consistent with the isotonic volume hypothesis to describe ASL physiology. PMID:11773234

  18. Compositional analysis of passivating surface film formed on carbon electrode in organic electrolytic solution using in-situ spectroelectrochemical technique

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    Pyun, Su-Il

    1999-02-01

    In-situ spectroelectrochemical technique has been applied to investigate passivating surface film on porous carbon electrode and plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposited (PECVD) carbon film electrode in organic electrolytic solution consisting of ethylene carbonate (EC) and diethyl carbonate (DEC) solvent, and 1 M LiPF6 and LiAsF6. Water impurity with the concentration of 0 M, 0.02 M, 0.05 M, and 0.1 M H20 was added to 1 M LiPF6-EC/DEC solution. In-situ Fourier transform infra-red (FTIR) spectra of the surface film on both electrodes with the constituents of ROCO2Li, Li2CO3, and LixPFy suggested that the reduction of EC to ROCO2Li runs via a one-electron transfer pathway as a result of diffusion of water through the surface film, and then Li2CO3 formation proceeds simultaneously by the chemical reaction of ROCO2Li with water. From the measured potential dependence of the amount of the salt reduction products, it is suggested that the surface film formed in 1 M LiPF6EC/DEC solution gives a poorer passivity as compared with that formed in 1 M LiAsF6-EC/DEC solution, which is due to the considerable interference of LiPE6 salt reduction with the compact sedimentation of ROCO2Li on the electrode. In-situ FFIR spectra of the surface film showed that all the peak intensities of the three constituents significantly increase with increasing water content under application of the negative potentials with respect to open circuit potential (OCP). From these experimental results, the dependence of the passivity of the surface film on the carbon electrode on the water concentration of the electrolyte, as well as on the lithium salt type, was discussed in view of the salt and solvent reactivities.

  19. New Fabrication Method of Three-Electrode System on Cylindrical Capillary Surface as a Flexible Implantable Microneedle

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    Yang, Zhuoqing; Zhang, Yi; Itoh, Toshihiro; Maeda, Ryutaro

    2013-04-01

    In this present paper, a three-electrode system has been fabricated and integrated on the cylindrical polymer capillary surface by micromachining technology, which could be used as a flexible and implantable microneedle for glucose sensor application in future. A UV lithography system is successfully developed for high resolution alignment on cylindrical substrates. The multilayer alignment exposure for cylindrical polymer capillary substrate is for the first time realized utilizing the lithography system. The ±1 μm alignment precision has been realized on the 330 μm-outer diameter polymer capillary surface, on which the three-electrode structure consisting of two platinum electrodes and one Ag/AgCl reference electrode has been fabricated. The fabricated whole device as microneedle for glucose sensor application has been also characterized in 1 mol/L KCl and 0.02 mol/L K3Fe(CN)6 mix solution. The measured cyclic voltammetry curve shows that the prepared three-electrode system has a good redox property.

  20. Voltammetric studies of Azathioprine on the surface of graphite electrode modified with graphene nanosheets decorated with Ag nanoparticles.

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    Asadian, Elham; Iraji Zad, Azam; Shahrokhian, Saeed

    2016-01-01

    By using graphene nanosheets decorated with Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs-G) as an effective approach for the surface modification of pyrolytic graphite electrode (PGE), a sensing platform was fabricated for the sensitive voltammetric determination of Azathioprine (Aza). The prepared AgNPs-G nanosheets were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis and Raman spectroscopy techniques. The electrochemical behavior of Aza was investigated by means of cyclic voltammetry. Comparing to the bare PGE, a remarkable enhancement was observed in the response characteristics of Aza on the surface of the modified electrode (AgNPs-G/PGE) as well as a noticeable decrease in its reduction overpotential. These results can be attributed to the incredible enlargement in the microscopic surface area of the electrode due to the presence of graphene nanosheets together with strong adsorption of Aza on its surface. The effect of experimental parameters such as accumulation time, the amount of modifier suspension and pH of the supporting electrolyte were also optimized toward obtaining the maximum sensitivity. Under the optimum conditions, the calibration curve studies demonstrated that the peak current increased linearly with Aza concentrations in the range of 7 × 10(-7) to 1 × 10(-4)mol L(-1) with the detection limit of 68 nM. Further experiments revealed that the modified electrode can be successfully applied for the accurate determination of Aza in pharmaceutical preparations.

  1. Corrosion behavior of surface treated steel in liquid sodium negative electrode of liquid metal battery

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    Lee, Jeonghyeon; Shin, Sang Hun; Lee, Jung Ki; Choi, Sungyeol; Kim, Ji Hyun

    2016-03-01

    While liquid metal batteries are attractive options for grid-scale energy storage applications as they have flexible siting capacities and small footprints, the compatibility between structural materials such as current collectors and negative electrode such as sodium is one of major issues for liquid metal batteries. Non-metallic elements such as carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen in the liquid sodium influence the material behaviors of the cell construction materials in the battery system. In this study, the compatibility of structural materials with sodium is investigated in high temperature liquid sodium, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is used to monitor in-situ the corrosion behavior at the surface of materials in sodium. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) coatings of SiC and Si3N4 are applied as protective barriers against dissolution and corrosion on the steel surface. The results show that CVD coating of Si compounds can delay corrosion of steel in high temperature liquid sodium comparing to the result of as-received specimens, while SiC coating is more durable than Si3N4 coating in high temperature liquid sodium.

  2. High surface area electrode research. Final technical report, 10 July-31 December 1996

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    Roberson, S.; Davis, R.F.

    1996-12-31

    Molybdenum nitride (MOxN (x=1 or 2)) films, 15 micron thick, have been deposited via chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on 50 micron thick polycrystalline titanium substrates using molybdenum pentachloride (MoCl5) and NH3 in a cold wall reactor with vertical pancake heaters. The surface morphology of the films was slightly porous but did not contain the large cracks typical of high surface area MOxN films prepared by conversion of MoO3. Debye-Scherrer calculations indicate that the average particle size of the films was approximately 50 nm. The CvD MOxN films had a two-phase structure which appeared to be 60% d-MoN and 40% g-Mo2N. Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) data did not reveal the presence of oxygen and chlorine in films deposited above 6000 C. Electrode evaluation via AC impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry indicates that CVD films were capacitive with a voltage stability of 0.9 volts in 6.4M KOH.

  3. Surface acidity scales: Experimental measurements of Brønsted acidities on anatase TiO2 and comparison with coinage metal surfaces

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    Silbaugh, Trent L.; Boaventura, Jaime S.; Barteau, Mark A.

    2016-08-01

    The first quantitative surface acidity scale for Brønsted acids on a solid surface is presented through the use of titration-displacement and equilibrium experiments on anatase TiO2. Surface acidities of species on TiO2 correlated with gas phase acidities, as was previously observed in qualitative studies of Brønsted acid displacement on Ag(110), Cu(110) and Au(111). A 90% compression of the surface acidity scale relative to the gas phase was observed due to compensation from the covalent component of the conjugate base - surface bond. Adsorbed conjugate bases need not be completely anionic for correlations with gas phase acidities to hold. Positive and negative substituent effects, such as substituted fluorine and hydrocarbon sidechain dispersion interactions with the surface, may modify the surface acidity scale, in agreement with previous experimental and theoretical work on Au(111).

  4. Surface-treated carbon electrodes with modified potential of zero charge for capacitive deionization.

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    Wu, Tingting; Wang, Gang; Zhan, Fei; Dong, Qiang; Ren, Qidi; Wang, Jianren; Qiu, Jieshan

    2016-04-15

    The potential of zero charge (Epzc) of electrodes can greatly influence the salt removal capacity, charge efficiency and cyclic stability of capacitive deionization (CDI). Thus optimizing the Epzc of CDI electrodes is of great importance. A simple strategy to negatively shift the Epzc of CDI electrodes by modifying commercial activated carbon with quaternized poly (4-vinylpyridine) (AC-QPVP) is reported in this work. The Epzc of the prepared AC-QPVP composite electrode is as negative as -0.745 V vs. Ag/AgCl. Benefiting from the optimized Epzc of electrodes, the asymmetric CDI cell which consists of the AC-QPVP electrode and a nitric acid treated activated carbon (AC-HNO3) electrode exhibits excellent CDI performance. For inverted CDI, the working potential window of the asymmetric CDI cell can reach 1.4 V, and its salt removal capacity can be as high as 9.6 mg/g. For extended voltage CDI, the salt removal capacity of the asymmetric CDI cell at 1.2/-1.2 V is 20.6 mg/g, which is comparable to that of membrane CDI using pristine activated carbon as the electrodes (19.5 mg/g). The present work provides a simple method to prepare highly positively charged CDI electrodes and may pave the way for the development of high-performance CDI cells.

  5. Volume-surface barrier discharge in dried air in three-electrode system fed by impulse high voltage with nanosecond rise time

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    Malashin, Maxim; Rebrov, Igor; Nebogatkin, Sergey; Sokolova, Marina; Nikitin, Alexey; Voevodin, Vadim; Krivov, Sergey

    2016-08-01

    Results of experimental investigation of a volume-surface barrier discharge in a three-electrode system under periodic impulse voltage applied to the surface discharge (SD) electrodes and a d.c. potential applied to an additional third electrode are presented. It is shown that there is a strong influence of polarity and amplitude of the d.c. potential on the direct current "extracted" out of the surface discharge plasma layer by electric field of the third electrode. The amount of charged positive species that constitute the "extracted" current prevails under positive impulse voltage for low values of the negative d.c. potential of the third electrode. The amount of negative species prevails with higher values of the positive d.c. positive of the third electrode. Contribution to the topical issue "6th Central European Symposium on Plasma Chemistry (CESPC-6)", edited by Nicolas Gherardi, Ester Marotta and Cristina Paradisi

  6. On-Surface Cross Coupling Methods for the Construction of Modified Electrode Assemblies with Tailored Morphologies †

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    Gietter, Amber A. S.; Pupillo, Rachel C.; Yap, Glenn P. A.; Beebe, Thomas P.

    2014-01-01

    Controlling the molecular topology of electrode–catalyst interfaces is a critical factor in engineering devices with specific electron transport kinetics and catalytic efficiencies. As such, the development of rational methods for the modular construction of tailorable electrode surfaces with robust molecular wires (MWs) exhibiting well-defined molecular topologies, conductivities and morphologies is critical to the evolution and implementation of electrochemical arrays for sensing and catalysis. In response to this need, we have established modular on-surface Sonogashira and Glaser cross-coupling processes to synthetically install arrays of ferrocene-capped MWs onto electrochemically functionalized surfaces. These methods are of comparable convenience and efficiency to more commonly employed Huisgen methods. Furthermore, unlike the Huisgen reaction, this new surface functionalization chemistry generates modified electrodes that do not contain unwanted ancillary metal binding sites, while allowing the bridge between the ferrocenyl moiety and electrode surface to be synthetically tailored. Electrochemical and surface analytical characterization of these platforms demonstrate that the linker topology and connectivity influences the ferrocene redox potential and the kinetics of charge transport at the interface. PMID:25520772

  7. Changes in Impedance at the Electrode-Skin Interface of Surface EMG Electrodes During Long-Term EMG Recordings

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    2001-10-25

    1Laboratoire de Modélisation et Sûreté des Systèmes, Université de Technologie de Troyes, Troyes, France 2Institut de Myologie , GH Pitié-Salpêtrière...participated gave their written informed consent. B. Electromyography Surface EMG signals were recorded from tibialis anterior on the right leg of each...P. Leffers, and J. Drukker, “Surface EMG of proximal leg muscles in neuromuscular patients and in healthy controls: relations to force and fatigue,” J

  8. Surface and Electrical Characterization of Ag/AgCl Pseudo-Reference Electrodes Manufactured with Commercially Available PCB Technologies

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    Moschou, Despina; Trantidou, Tatiana; Regoutz, Anna; Carta, Daniela; Morgan, Hywel; Prodromakis, Themistoklis

    2015-01-01

    Lab-on-Chip is a technology that could potentially revolutionize medical Point-of-Care diagnostics. Considerable research effort is focused towards innovating production technologies that will make commercial upscaling financially viable. Printed circuit board manufacturing techniques offer several prospects in this field. Here, we present a novel approach to manufacturing Printed Circuit Board (PCB)-based Ag/AgCl reference electrodes, an essential component of biosensors. Our prototypes were characterized both structurally and electrically. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) were employed to evaluate the electrode surface characteristics. Electrical characterization was performed to determine stability and pH dependency. Finally, we demonstrate utilization along with PCB pH sensors, as a step towards a fully integrated PCB platform, comparing performance with discrete commercial reference electrodes. PMID:26213940

  9. Effect of surface modifications on ZnO nanorod arrays electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Qin, Zi; Huang, Yunhua; Liao, Qingliang; Zhang, Zheng; Zhang, Yue

    2012-01-01

    High quality, large area and well-oriented ZnO nanorod arrays electrodes were successfully synthesized on conductive transparent oxide substrates by low-temperature hydrothermal methods for dye-sensitized solar cells. Aiming at getting further enhancement and study the effect of the surface modification on cell performance, ZnO thin film and ZnO nanoparticles are carried out to modify the as-grown ZnO nanorod arrays. The morphology, structure and photoluminescence property of the modified ZnO electrodes are characterized in detail. Furthermore, the I-V characterization result shows that these modification methods have distinct influences on the performance of the cell based on ZnO nanorod arrays electrode. The overall conversion efficiency can be optimized by choosing the suitable modification route.

  10. Surface study of stainless steel electrode deposition from soil electrokinetic (EK) treatment using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)

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    Embong, Zaidi; Johar, Saffuwan; Tajudin, Saiful Azhar Ahmad; Sahdan, Mohd Zainizan

    2015-04-29

    Electrokinetic (EK) remediation relies upon application of a low-intensity direct current through the soil between stainless steel electrodes that are divided into a cathode array and an anode array. This mobilizes charged species, causing ions and water to move toward the electrodes. Metal ions and positively charged organic compounds move toward the cathode. Anions such as chloride, fluoride, nitrate, and negatively charged organic compounds move toward the anode. Here, this remediation techniques lead to a formation of a deposition at the both cathode and anode surface that mainly contributed byanion and cation from the remediated soil. In this research, Renggam-Jerangau soil species (HaplicAcrisol + RhodicFerralsol) with a surveymeter reading of 38.0 ± 3.9 μR/hr has been investigation in order to study the mobility of the anion and cation under the influence electric field. Prior to the EK treatment, the elemental composition of the soil and the stainless steel electrode are measured using XRF analyses. Next, the soil sample is remediated at a constant electric potential of 30 V within an hour of treatment period. A surface study for the deposition layer of the cathode and anode using X-ray Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed that a narrow photoelectron signal from oxygen O 1s, carbon, C 1s silica, Si 2p, aluminium, Al 2p and chromium, Cr 2p exhibited on the electrode surface and indicate that a different in photoelectron intensity for each element on both electrode surface. In this paper, the mechanism of Si{sup 2+} and Al{sup 2+} cation mobility under the influence of voltage potential between the cathode and anode will be discussed in detail.

  11. Boron-doped diamond semiconductor electrodes: Efficient photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction through surface modification

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    Roy, Nitish; Hirano, Yuiri; Kuriyama, Haruo; Sudhagar, Pitchaimuthu; Suzuki, Norihiro; Katsumata, Ken-Ichi; Nakata, Kazuya; Kondo, Takeshi; Yuasa, Makoto; Serizawa, Izumi; Takayama, Tomoaki; Kudo, Akihiko; Fujishima, Akira; Terashima, Chiaki

    2016-11-01

    Competitive hydrogen evolution and multiple proton-coupled electron transfer reactions limit photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction in aqueous electrolyte. Here, oxygen-terminated lightly boron-doped diamond (BDDL) thin films were synthesized as a semiconductor electron source to accelerate CO2 reduction. However, BDDL alone could not stabilize the intermediates of CO2 reduction, yielding a negligible amount of reduction products. Silver nanoparticles were then deposited on BDDL because of their selective electrochemical CO2 reduction ability. Excellent selectivity (estimated CO:H2 mass ratio of 318:1) and recyclability (stable for five cycles of 3 h each) for photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction were obtained for the optimum silver nanoparticle-modified BDDL electrode at ‑1.1 V vs. RHE under 222-nm irradiation. The high efficiency and stability of this catalyst are ascribed to the in situ photoactivation of the BDDL surface during the photoelectrochemical reaction. The present work reveals the potential of BDDL as a high-energy electron source for use with co-catalysts in photochemical conversion.

  12. Electrical characterization of gold and platinum thin film electrodes with polyaniline modified surfaces

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    Aggas, John Richard

    Recent studies into soft organic electronics have burgeoned as a result of discoveries of conducting polymers such as polyaniline, polythiophene, and polypyrrole. However, in order to make these conducting polymers suitable for in vivo soft organic electronics, they must be developed so that they can be biocompatible and provide accurate sensing. Chitosan, a naturally occurring polymer structure found in exoskeletons of crustaceans, has been studied for its biocompatible properties. Composites of polyaniline (PAn), an intrinsically conductive polymer (ICP) and chitosan (Chi), a biopolymer, were developed and applied to gold and platinum Thin Film Electrode (TFE) devices. Electropolymerization and drop cast deposition were utilized to modify TFEs with a thin film of PAn or PAn-Chi composite. The impedance response over a spectrum of frequencies was studied for blank control TFEs, platinized TFEs, and platinized TFEs with various polyaniline coatings. Impedance measurements were taken in dry environments, DI Water, and in buffers such as PBS, and HEPES. Current-Voltage (I-V) characterization was used to study the current response and SEM imaging was used to study the surface topography. Resistance was measured for PAn modified unplatinized gold TFEs with varying amounts of incorporated chitosan. Impedance measurements of control and platinized TFEs yielded results similar to a low pass filter. Due to the conductive nature of polyaniline, the impedance of TFEs decreased substantially after poylaniline deposition. Measured resistance values for polyaniline and chitosan composites on TFEs revealed a window of concentrations of incorporated chitosan to lower resistance.

  13. Boron-doped diamond semiconductor electrodes: Efficient photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction through surface modification

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    Roy, Nitish; Hirano, Yuiri; Kuriyama, Haruo; Sudhagar, Pitchaimuthu; Suzuki, Norihiro; Katsumata, Ken-ichi; Nakata, Kazuya; Kondo, Takeshi; Yuasa, Makoto; Serizawa, Izumi; Takayama, Tomoaki; Kudo, Akihiko; Fujishima, Akira; Terashima, Chiaki

    2016-01-01

    Competitive hydrogen evolution and multiple proton-coupled electron transfer reactions limit photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction in aqueous electrolyte. Here, oxygen-terminated lightly boron-doped diamond (BDDL) thin films were synthesized as a semiconductor electron source to accelerate CO2 reduction. However, BDDL alone could not stabilize the intermediates of CO2 reduction, yielding a negligible amount of reduction products. Silver nanoparticles were then deposited on BDDL because of their selective electrochemical CO2 reduction ability. Excellent selectivity (estimated CO:H2 mass ratio of 318:1) and recyclability (stable for five cycles of 3 h each) for photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction were obtained for the optimum silver nanoparticle-modified BDDL electrode at −1.1 V vs. RHE under 222-nm irradiation. The high efficiency and stability of this catalyst are ascribed to the in situ photoactivation of the BDDL surface during the photoelectrochemical reaction. The present work reveals the potential of BDDL as a high-energy electron source for use with co-catalysts in photochemical conversion. PMID:27892544

  14. Morphology-dependent NiO modified glassy carbon electrode surface for lead(II) and cadmium(II) detection

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    Li, Xuewu; Wen, Hao; Fu, Qiang; Peng, Dai; Yu, Jingui; Zhang, Qiaoxin; Huang, Xingjiu

    2016-02-01

    Glassy carbon electrode (GCE) surfaces have been modified with different NiO morphologies consisting of rods NiO, flakes NiO and balls NiO prepared via the hydrothermal synthesis method for Pb(II) and Cd(II) detection by using the square wave anodic stripping voltammetry (SWASV). Meanwhile, the typical cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), BET surface area and adsorption property of the modified electrode surfaces have been investigated to evaluate their electrochemical detection effect. Results show that balls NiO modified GCE can get the optimal detection ability for its highest detection sensitivity to Pb(II) (13.46 A M-1) and Cd(II) (5.10 A M-1), the lowest detection limit (DL) to Pb(II) (0.08 μM) and Cd(II) (0.07 μM) as well as the superior linear relativity. In addition, an enhanced current at redox peaks, lower electron transfer resistance, larger BET surface area and stronger adsorption capacity have been confirmed for the balls NiO modified GCE surface. Finally, excellent stability and reproducibility of balls NiO modified electrodes for Pb(II) and Cd(II) detection have also been proved via the SWASV responses.

  15. Surface Engineering and Design Strategy for Surface-Amorphized TiO2@Graphene Hybrids for High Power Li-Ion Battery Electrodes.

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    Zhou, Tengfei; Zheng, Yang; Gao, Hong; Min, Shudi; Li, Sean; Liu, Hua Kun; Guo, Zaiping

    2015-09-01

    Surface amorphization provides unprecedented opportunities for altering and tuning material properties. Surface-amorphized TiO2@graphene synthesized using a designed low temperature-phase transformation technique exhibits significantly improved rate capability compared to well-crystallized TiO2@graphene and bare TiO2 electrodes. These improvements facilitates lithium-ion transport in both insertion and extraction processes and enhance electrolyte absorption capability.

  16. Liquid electrode

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    Ekechukwu, A.A.

    1994-07-05

    A dropping electrolyte electrode is described for use in electrochemical analysis of non-polar sample solutions, such as benzene or cyclohexane. The liquid electrode, preferably an aqueous salt solution immiscible in the sample solution, is introduced into the solution in dropwise fashion from a capillary. The electrolyte is introduced at a known rate, thus, the droplets each have the same volume and surface area. The electrode is used in making standard electrochemical measurements in order to determine properties of non-polar sample solutions. 2 figures.

  17. Molecular Layer Deposition for Surface Modification of Lithium-Ion Battery Electrodes

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    Ban, Chunmei; George, Steven M.

    2016-10-21

    Inspired by recent successes in applying molecular layer deposition (MLD) to stabilize lithium-ion (Li-ion) electrodes, this review presents the MLD process and its outstanding attributes for electrochemical applications. The review discusses various MLD materials and their implementation in Li-ion electrodes. The rationale behind these emerging uses of MLD is examined to motivate future efforts on the fundamental understanding of interphase chemistry and the development of new materials for enhanced electrochemical performance.

  18. Surface-Controlled Mono/Diselective ortho C-H Bond Activation.

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    Li, Qing; Yang, Biao; Lin, Haiping; Aghdassi, Nabi; Miao, Kangjian; Zhang, Junjie; Zhang, Haiming; Li, Youyong; Duhm, Steffen; Fan, Jian; Chi, Lifeng

    2016-03-02

    One of the most charming and challenging topics in organic chemistry is the selective C-H bond activation. The difficulty arises not only from the relatively large bond-dissociation enthalpy, but also from the poor reaction selectivity. In this work, Au(111) and Ag(111) surfaces were used to address ortho C-H functionalization and ortho-ortho couplings of phenol derivatives. More importantly, the competition between dehydrogenation and deoxygenation drove the diversity of reaction pathways of phenols on surfaces, that is, diselective ortho C-H bond activation on Au(111) surfaces and monoselective ortho C-H bond activation on Ag(111) surfaces. The mechanism of this unprecedented phenomenon was extensively explored by scanning tunneling microscopy, density function theory, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Our findings provide new pathways for surface-assisted organic synthesis via the mono/diselective C-H bond activation.

  19. Marcus-Hush-Chidsey theory of electron transfer to and from species bound at a non-uniform electrode surface: Theory and experiment

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    Henstridge, Martin C.; Batchelor-McAuley, Christopher; Gusmão, Rui; Compton, Richard G.

    2011-11-01

    Two simple models of electrode surface inhomogeneity based on Marcus-Hush theory are considered; a distribution in formal potentials and a distribution in electron tunnelling distances. Cyclic voltammetry simulated using these models is compared with that simulated using Marcus-Hush theory for a flat, uniform and homogeneous electrode surface, with the two models of surface inhomogeneity yielding broadened peaks with decreased peak-currents. An edge-plane pyrolytic graphite electrode is covalently modified with ferrocene via 'click' chemistry and the resulting voltammetry compared with each of the three previously considered models. The distribution of formal potentials is seen to fit the experimental data most closely.

  20. Microfabricated surface-electrode ion traps for scalable quantum information processing

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    Seidelin, Signe; Britton, Joe; Chiaverini, John; Reichle, Rainer; Bollinger, John; Leibfried, Didi; Wesenberg, Janus; Blakestad, Brad; Epstein, Ryan; Amini, Jason; Brown, Kenton; Home, Jonathan; Hume, David; Shiga, Nobu; Itano, Wayne; Jost, John; Knill, Emmanuel; Langer, Chris; Ozeri, Roee; Wineland, David

    2007-03-01

    We confine individual atomic ions in an rf Paul trap with a novel geometry where the electrodes are located in a single plane and the ions confined above this plane [1,2,3]. This device is realized with simple fabrication procedures, making it a potential candidate for a scalable ion trap for quantum information processing using large numbers of ions. We confine laser-cooled ions 40 micrometers above planar electrodes. These electrodes are fabricated from gold on a fused quartz substrate. The heating rate of the ions is low enough to make the trap useful for quantum information processing. [1] J. Chiaverini et al., Quantum Inf. Comput. 5, 419 (2005). [2] S. Seidelin et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 253003 (2006). [3] J. Britton et al., quant-ph/0605170.

  1. Pseudocapacitive performance of a solution-processed β-Co(OH)2 electrode monitored through its surface morphology and area.

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    Gaikar, P S; Navale, S T; Gaikwad, S L; Al-Osta, Ahmed; Jadhav, V V; Arjunwadkar, P R; Naushad, Mu; Mane, Rajaram S

    2017-03-07

    In the present study, beta-cobalt hydroxide (β-Co(OH)2) electrodes of various nanostructures and surface areas, viz. nano-rhombuses (NRs), nano-plates (NPs), and nano-grass (NGs), have been synthesized directly onto a stainless-steel (SS) substrate using a simple, economical and binder-free chemical solution-process, utilizing three cobalt precursor salts, i.e. cobalt acetate, cobalt chloride, and cobalt nitrate, respectively. Structural elucidation proves the crystallite size, type and phase-purity of β-Co(OH)2, whereas the surface morphology analysis supports the evolution of the above mentioned nanostructures of various surface areas. The electrochemical pseudocapacitor performance investigation demonstrates a specific capacitance (Sc) of 367 F g(-1) at 1 mA cm(-2) for the NP-type morphology, which is higher than that that displayed by the other morphologies. This change in Sc value is attributed to different charge transfer resistance values, which have been obtained from electrochemical impedance spectroscopy spectra. Finally, we attempt to correlate the relationship between the surface morphology, i.e. surface area, and the charge transfer resistance with the obtained specific capacitance value of the respective electrode.

  2. Study of an Ozone Composing Mechanism derived from the Third Element on Surface of Electrode using Oxygen Gas: Part 2

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    Murai, Akira; Nakajima, Tsuyoshi

    In our third experiment, we changed the density of nitrogen through the addition of heat energy to the anode. A computer simulation confirmed the same phenomenon. Then the copper anode was replaced with an antimony anode. We found that antimony worked better than nitrogen as a third element. Finally, in the fourth experiment, we used an industrial ozone generator including ceramic dielectrics and a titanium expanded metal electrode. A decrease in the temperature of the cooling water led to a proportional increase in ozone. It follows the formula of van't Hoff. After spattering the surface of the electrodes with argon gas and supplying the ozone generator with 99% oxygen, we were able to produce ozone which was more than 20% higher in concentration than primary state ozone under the same conditions. The ozone generator produced ozone in high yield efficiency due to the optimum density of a third element like nitrogen on the surface of the electrodes. Antimony works better than nitrogen does as a third element.

  3. Photoelectrochemical electrodes

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    Williams, R. M.; Rembaum, A. (Inventor)

    1983-01-01

    The surface of a moderate band gap semiconductor such as p-type molybdenum sulfide is modified to contain an adherent film of charge mediating ionene polymer containing an electroactive unit such as bipyridimium. Electron transport between the electrode and the mediator film is favorable and photocorrosion and recombination processes are suppressed. Incorporation of particles of catalyst such as platinum within the film provides a reduction in overvoltage. The polymer film is readily deposited on the electrode surface and can be rendered stable by ionic or addition crosslinking. Catalyst can be predispersed in the polymer film or a salt can be impregnated into the film and reduced therein.

  4. In situ UV-visible reflection absorption wavelength modulation spectroscopy of species irreversibly adsorbed on electrode surfaces

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    Kim, Sunghyun; Scherson, D.A. )

    1992-12-15

    A method is herein described for the in situ detection of species adsorbed on electrode surfaces which employs a vibrating grating to modulate the wavelength of the incident light. This technique denoted as reflection absorption wavelength modulation spectroscopy (RAWMS) has made it possible to obtain at a fixed electrode potential normalized, differential UV-visible spectra of a single, irreversibly adsorbed monolayer of cobalt tetrasulfonated phthalocyanine (Co[sup II]TsPc) on the basal plane of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG(bp)) and of methylene blue (MB) on graphite. The (wavelength) integrated difference RAWMS spectra for these adsorbed species were remarkably similar to those observed for the same compounds in aqueous solutions when present in the monomeric form. Complementary wavelength modulation experiments involving a conventional transmission geometry have shown that the instrument involved in the in situ RAWMS measurements is capable of resolving absorbance changes on the order of 0.002 units. 20 refs.

  5. Methane conversion in surface- and volume-type dielectric barrier discharges generated in the presence of metal-mesh electrodes

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    Kobayashi, Kazunobu; Kulinich, S. A.; Ito, Tsuyohito

    2014-09-01

    Methane gas conversion was studied in customized flow-type reactors with different dielectric barrier discharge generated in Ar-CH4-O2 gas mixtures. Different reactor geometries (with either volume or surface-type discharges) and different electrode materials were compared, and gas temperatures during methane conversion processes were evaluated. The discharge was generated by applying either a conventional sinusoid or nanosecond-pulsed voltage. The methane conversion rate was as high as ˜99% with the total gas flow rate of 15 sccm, while the temperatures did not exceed 450 K. No significant effect of electrode material (stainless steel, aluminum, or CuO coated copper) was found, confirming that the conversion temperatures were much lower than those required for activity of typical catalysts. The reactor geometry, flow rate, and oxygen amount could be used to govern both the methane conversion rate and the fractions of components in the final product.

  6. Electrochemistry as an attractive and effective tool for the synthesis and immobilization of porphyrins on an electrode surface.

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    Hebié, Seydou; Dimé, Abdou K D; Devillers, Charles H; Lucas, Dominique

    2015-05-26

    Magnesium(II) 10-phenyl-5,15-p-ditolylporphyrin is easily and cleanly transformed by electrolysis. A nitro group is first introduced at the free meso position by anodic substitution. Hydrogenation into the amine is then carried out electrocatalytically under ambient conditions with water as a hydrogen supplier. The synthesized porphyrin under the nickel(II) form can be covalently grafted onto a platinum electrode by electrochemical reduction of the diazonium cation, generated in situ by a reaction of the nickel(II) aminoporphyrin with sodium nitrite and trifluoroacetic acid. The electrosynthesized thin film gives an electrochemical response typical of a porphyrin material. Films grown under our conditions have a maximum surface coverage of approximately 5×10(-10)  mol cm(-2). The modified electrode exhibits a reproducible electrochemical behavior and a good level of stability over potential cycling and exposition to air.

  7. Surface-electrode trap with an integrated permanent magnet for generating a magnetic-field gradient at trapped ions

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    Kawai, Yuji; Shimizu, Kenji; Noguchi, Atsushi; Urabe, Shinji; Tanaka, Utako

    2017-01-01

    We report on a surface-electrode trap with SmCo magnets arranged in a quadrupole configuration underneath the trap electrode. Because the distance between the magnets and the trapped ions can be as little as several hundred micrometers, a large magnetic field is produced without any heat management. The magnetic-field gradient was measured using the Zeeman splitting of a single trapped 40Ca+ ion at several positions, and a field gradient of 36 T m-1 was obtained. Such a field gradient is useful for the generation of a state-dependent force, which is important for quantum simulation and/or quantum gate operation using radio-frequency or microwave radiation.

  8. Influence of electrode surface microstructures on the state of short vacuum gaps after interruption of high-frequency currents

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    Niayesh, Kaveh

    2000-09-01

    In this paper the influences of electrode surface microstructures on the electrical field near the new cathode surface and on the distribution of ion density and velocity in the space-charge region after interruption of high-frequency currents in short vacuum gaps have been studied. To investigate these effects, the equations of conservation of mass and momentum are solved two dimensionally in the space-charge region. The results indicate a considerable increase in ion density at the points with high electrical fields, which results in an enhancement of the electrical field at these points compared with one-dimensional calculations. Considering the calculated electrical field near the cathode surface and the power density deposited into the cathode surface by ions, the initiation of a breakdown during the post arc period under the mechanism of explosive electron emission may be possible.

  9. Fundamental Studies of Surfaces Processes and Trace Analysis Using Solid Electrodes.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1987-08-10

    into studies of heterogeneous electrode kinetics, underpotential deposition and electrocatalysis. The electroanalytical work areas involved trace...ism of the catalysis of formic acid electrooxidation by underpotentially deposited species, b) modelling the interaction of mass transport and light...method. P. UPD Studies in Acetonitrile. (5). The underpotential deposition of lead and silver on gold was studied in acetonitrile as a solvent. The

  10. Electrocatalytic behaviour and application of manganese porphyrin/gold nanoparticle- surface modified glassy carbon electrodes

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    Sebarchievici, I.; Tăranu, B. O.; Birdeanu, M.; Rus, S. F.; Fagadar-Cosma, E.

    2016-12-01

    The main purpose of this research was to obtain manganese porphyrin/gold nanoparticle-modified glassy carbon electrodes and to use them for the detection of H2O2. Two sets of modified electrodes were prepared by drop-cast deposition of 5,10,15,20-tetra(4-methyl-phenyl)porphyrinato manganese(III) chloride alone and of the same Mn-porphyrin and gold-colloid solution and comparatively characterized by Raman, UV-vis, ellipsometry, AFM and TEM microscopy, XPS and cyclic voltammetry. XPS spectrum recorded for GC_MnP_nAu modified electrode displayed the characteristic signals of gold nanoparticles. The optical parameters have greater values for GC_MnP_nAu in comparison with GC_MnP, due to increasing charge transfer efficiency. The MnP_nAu film mediates the electron transfer between H2O2 and GC, evidenced by an increase in the current intensity of the anodic peak, and facilitates the electrochemical regeneration of oxidized H2O2 at cathodic potentials. From the cyclic voltammetry experiments a linear relationship between H2O2 concentration vs oxidation and reduction currents was observed. The linear dependence between density of current and the square root of the scan rate indicates that the oxidation and reduction processes of H2O2 are diffusion controlled. The GC_MnP_nAu modified electrode shows great potential as electrochemical sensor for determination of hydrogen peroxide.

  11. On optimal electrode configuration to estimate hand movements from forearm surface electromyography.

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    Paleari, Marco; Di Girolamo, Michela; Celadon, Nicoló; Favetto, Alain; Ariano, Paolo

    2015-01-01

    Understanding the movement of the hand from sEMG signals acquired on the forearm is key in the development of future prosthetics of the upper limb. Despite the technical advancement on this technique, state of the art of sEMG still relies strongly on optimal electrode placement which is typically performed by a specialist by mean of a heuristic search. Involving a specialist has few major disadvantages including high costs and relatively long schedules. This work searches an optimal electrode configuration which could reduce or avoid the intervention of a specialist. More than 200 different possible electrode configurations were assessed by means of the average recognition rate over 11 different movements of the hand, wrist, and fingers. It is shown that using two rows of 8 equally spaced electrodes around the circumference of the forearm could be an optimal trade-off solution to accomplish the task of recognizing hand movement (ARR = 92%) without the need for a specialist or very complex hardware.

  12. Surface-enhanced raman spectra and molecular orientation of phthalazine adsorbed on a silver electrode

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    Takahashi, Machiko; Fujita, Masato; Ito, Masatoki

    1984-08-01

    SERS from phthalazine adsorbed on an Ag electrode was investigated under several conditions of applied voltage and solution concentration. Spectral assignments of the Raman bands were successfully performed and two differently oriented adsorbates, i.e. flat and end-on species, were identified. The contribution of the image field to the SERS intensity was considerable.

  13. Small Gold Nanoparticles Interfaced to Electrodes through Molecular Linkers: A Platform to Enhance Electron Transfer and Increase Electrochemically Active Surface Area.

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    Young, Samantha L; Kellon, Jaclyn E; Hutchison, James E

    2016-10-17

    For the smallest nanostructures (<5 nm), small changes in structure can lead to significant changes in properties and reactivity. In the case of nanoparticle (NP)-functionalized electrodes, NP structure and composition, and the nature of the NP-electrode interface have a strong influence upon electrochemical properties that are critical in applications such as amperometric sensing, photocatalysis and electrocatalysis. Existing methods to fabricate NP-functionalized electrodes do not allow for precise control over all these variables, especially the NP-electrode interface, making it difficult to understand and predict how structural changes influence NP activity. We investigated the electrochemical properties of small (dcore < 2.5 nm) gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) on boron doped diamond electrodes using three different electrode fabrication techniques with varying degrees of nanoparticle-electrode interface definition. Two methods to attach AuNPs to the electrode through a covalently bound molecular linker were developed and compared to NP-functionalized electrodes fabricated using solution deposition methods (drop-casting and physiadsorption of a monolayer). In each case, a ferrocene redox probe was tethered to the AuNP surface to evaluate electron transfer through the AuNPs. The AuNPs that were molecularly interfaced with the electrode exhibited nearly ideal, reproducible electrochemical behavior with narrow redox peaks and small peak separations, whereas the solution deposited NPs had broader redox peaks with large peak separations. These data suggest that the molecular tether facilitates AuNP-mediated electron transfer. Interestingly, the molecularly tethered NPs also had significantly more electrochemically active surface area than the solution deposited NPs. The enhanced electrochemical behavior of the molecularly interfaced NPs demonstrates the significant influence of the interface on NP-mediated electron transfer and suggests that similar modified electrodes

  14. Corneal-shaping electrode

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    Doss, James D.; Hutson, Richard L.

    1982-01-01

    The disclosure relates to a circulating saline electrode for changing corneal shape in eyes. The electrode comprises a tubular nonconductive electrode housing having an annular expanded base which has a surface substantially matched to a subject corneal surface. A tubular conductive electrode connected to a radiofrequency generating source is disposed within the electrode housing and longitudinally aligned therewith. The electrode has a generally hemispherical head having at least one orifice. Saline solution is circulated through the apparatus and over the cornea to cool the corneal surface while radiofrequency electric current emitted from the electrode flows therefrom through the cornea to a second electrode, on the rear of the head. This current heats the deep corneal stroma and thereby effects corneal reshaping as a biological response to the heat.

  15. Effects of Nanowire Length and Surface Roughness on the Electrochemical Sensor Properties of Nafion-Free, Vertically Aligned Pt Nanowire Array Electrodes.

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    Li, Zhiyang; Leung, Calvin; Gao, Fan; Gu, Zhiyong

    2015-09-04

    In this paper, vertically aligned Pt nanowire arrays (PtNWA) with different lengths and surface roughnesses were fabricated and their electrochemical performance toward hydrogen peroxide (H₂O₂) detection was studied. The nanowire arrays were synthesized by electroplating Pt in nanopores of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template. Different parameters, such as current density and deposition time, were precisely controlled to synthesize nanowires with different surface roughnesses and various lengths from 3 μm to 12 μm. The PtNWA electrodes showed better performance than the conventional electrodes modified by Pt nanowires randomly dispersed on the electrode surface. The results indicate that both the length and surface roughness can affect the sensing performance of vertically aligned Pt nanowire array electrodes. Generally, longer nanowires with rougher surfaces showed better electrochemical sensing performance. The 12 μm rough surface PtNWA presented the largest sensitivity (654 μA·mM⁻¹·cm⁻²) among all the nanowires studied, and showed a limit of detection of 2.4 μM. The 12 μm rough surface PtNWA electrode also showed good anti-interference property from chemicals that are typically present in the biological samples such as ascorbic, uric acid, citric acid, and glucose. The sensing performance in real samples (river water) was tested and good recovery was observed. These Nafion-free, vertically aligned Pt nanowires with surface roughness control show great promise as versatile electrochemical sensors and biosensors.

  16. Effects of Nanowire Length and Surface Roughness on the Electrochemical Sensor Properties of Nafion-Free, Vertically Aligned Pt Nanowire Array Electrodes

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    Li, Zhiyang; Leung, Calvin; Gao, Fan; Gu, Zhiyong

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, vertically aligned Pt nanowire arrays (PtNWA) with different lengths and surface roughnesses were fabricated and their electrochemical performance toward hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) detection was studied. The nanowire arrays were synthesized by electroplating Pt in nanopores of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template. Different parameters, such as current density and deposition time, were precisely controlled to synthesize nanowires with different surface roughnesses and various lengths from 3 μm to 12 μm. The PtNWA electrodes showed better performance than the conventional electrodes modified by Pt nanowires randomly dispersed on the electrode surface. The results indicate that both the length and surface roughness can affect the sensing performance of vertically aligned Pt nanowire array electrodes. Generally, longer nanowires with rougher surfaces showed better electrochemical sensing performance. The 12 μm rough surface PtNWA presented the largest sensitivity (654 μA·mM−1·cm−2) among all the nanowires studied, and showed a limit of detection of 2.4 μM. The 12 μm rough surface PtNWA electrode also showed good anti-interference property from chemicals that are typically present in the biological samples such as ascorbic, uric acid, citric acid, and glucose. The sensing performance in real samples (river water) was tested and good recovery was observed. These Nafion-free, vertically aligned Pt nanowires with surface roughness control show great promise as versatile electrochemical sensors and biosensors. PMID:26404303

  17. Electrochemically deposited gold nanoparticles on a carbon paste electrode surface for the determination of mercury.

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    Sahoo, Srikant; Satpati, Ashis Kumar; Reddy, Annareddy Venkata Ramana

    2015-01-01

    An electrochemical method was developed for the determination of Hg at ultratrace levels using an Au nanoparticle (AuNP) array modified carbon paste electrode (CPE) by anodic stripping voltammetry. Scanning electron microscopy measurements imaged the size and shape of AuNPs on the CPE substrate; it was possible to tune the size and the NP density by changing the deposition time and medium. Electrochemical characterization of the AuNP modified CPE was carried out using cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance measurements. Interferences due to some commonly occurring metal ions and surfactants on the stripping peak of Hg were also investigated. The 3σ detection limit for Hg using the AuNP modified electrode was as 0.24 μg/L. This method was applied to determine Hg in soil samples.

  18. Enhanced Output Power of PZT Nanogenerator by Controlling Surface Morphology of Electrode.

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    Jung, Woo-Suk; Lee, Won-Hee; Ju, Byeong-Kwon; Yoon, Seok-Jin; Kang, Chong-Yun

    2015-11-01

    Piezoelectric power generation using Pb(Zr,Ti)O3(PZT) nanowires grown on Nb-doped SrTiO3(nb:STO) substrate has been demonstrated. The epitaxial PZT nanowires prepared by a hydrothermal method, with a diameter and length of approximately 300 nm and 7 μm, respecively, were vertically aligned on the substrate. An embossed Au top electrode was applied to maximize the effective power generation area for non-uniform PZT nanowires. The PZT nanogenerator produced output power density of 0.56 μW/cm2 with a voltage of 0.9 V and current of 75 nA. This research suggests that the morphology control of top electrode can be useful to improve the efficiency of piezoelectric power generation.

  19. A microfabricated surface-electrode ion trap for scalable quantum information processing

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    Seidelin, Signe; Chiaverini, John; Reichle, Rainer; Bollinger, John; Leibfried, Didi; Britton, Joe; Wesenberg, Janus; Blakestad, Brad; Epstein, Ryan; Hume, David; Jost, John; Langer, Chris; Ozeri, Roee; Shiga, Nobu; Wineland, David

    2006-05-01

    We demonstrate confinement of individual atomic ions in a radio-frequency Paul trap with a novel geometry where the electrodes are located in a single plane and the ions confined above this plane. This device is realized with a relatively simple fabrication procedure and has important implications for quantum state manipulation and quantum information processing using large numbers of ions. We confine laser-cooled Mg-24 ions approximately 40 micrometer above planar gold electrodes. We measure the ions' motional frequencies and compare them to simulations. From measurements of the escape time of ions from the trap, we also determine a heating rate of approximately five motional quanta per millisecond for a trap frequency of 5.3 MHz.

  20. Microfabricated surface-electrode ion traps for scalable quantum information processing

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    Seidelin, S.; Britton, J.; Chiaverini, J.; Reichle, R.; Bollinger, J. J.; Leibfried, D.; Wesenberg, J. H.; Blakestad, R. B.; Epstein, R. J.; Amini, J. M.; Brown, K. R.; Home, J. P.; Hume, D. B.; Itano, W. M.; Jost, J. D.; Knill, E.; Langer, C.; Ozeri, R.; Shiga, N.; Wineland, D. J.

    2007-06-01

    We confine individual atomic ions in rf Paul traps with a novel geometry where the electrodes are located in a single plane and the ions are confined above this plane ootnotetextJ. Chiaverini et al., Quantum Inf. Comput. 5, 419 (2005).^, ootnotetextS. Seidelin et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 253003 (2006).^, ootnotetextJ. Britton et al., quant-ph/0605170.. These devices are realized with simple fabrication procedures, making them potentially scalable for quantum information processing using large numbers of ions. For traps fabricated from gold on fused quartz, the ions are 40 micrometers above the planar electrodes and their heating rate is low enough to make the traps useful for quantum information processing.

  1. Electrochemical Behavior of Disposable Electrodes Prepared by Ion Beam Based Surface Modification for Biomolecular Recognition

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    Erdem, A.; Karadeniz, H.; Caliskan, A.; Urkac, E. Sokullu; Oztarhan, A.; Oks, E.; Nikolayev, A.

    2009-03-10

    Many important technological advances have been made in the development of technologies to monitor interactions and recognition events of biomolecules in solution and on solid substrates. The development of advanced biosensors could impact significantly the areas of genomics, proteomics, biomedical diagnostics and drug discovery. In the literature, there have recently appeared an impressive number of intensive designs for electrochemical monitoring of biomolecular recognition. Herein, the influence of ion implanted disposable graphite electrodes on biomolecular recognition and their electrochemical behaviour was investigated.

  2. Performance and Surface Integrity of Ti6Al4V After Sinking EDM with Special Graphite Electrodes

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    Amorim, Fred L.; Stedile, Leandro J.; Torres, Ricardo D.; Soares, Paulo C.; Henning Laurindo, Carlos A.

    2014-04-01

    Titanium and its alloys have high chemical reactivity with most of the cutting tools. This makes it difficult to work with these alloys using conventional machining processes. Electrical discharge machining (EDM) emerges as an alternative technique to machining these materials. In this work, it is investigated the performance of three special grades of graphite as electrodes when ED-Machining Ti6Al4V samples under three different regimes. The main influences of electrical parameters are discussed for the samples material removal rate, volumetric relative wear and surface roughness. The samples surfaces were evaluated using SEM images, microhardness measurements, and x-ray diffraction. It was found that the best results for samples material removal rate, surface roughness, and volumetric relative wear were obtained for the graphite electrode with 10-μm particle size and negative polarity. For all samples machined by EDM and characterized by x-ray (XRD), it was identified the presence of titanium carbides. For the finish EDM regimes, the recast layer presents an increased amount of titanium carbides compared to semi-finish and rough regimes.

  3. Surface functionality and electrochemical investigations of a graphitic electrode as a candidate for alkaline energy conversion and storage devices.

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    Soliman, Ahmed B; Abdel-Samad, Hesham S; Abdel Rehim, Sayed S; Hassan, Hamdy H

    2016-02-26

    Graphite is a typical electrocatalyst support in alkaline energy conversion and storage devices such as fuel cells, supercapacitores and lithium ion batteries. The electrochemical behaviour of a graphite electrode in 0.5 M NaOH was studied to elucidate its surface structure/electrochemical activity relationship. Graphite voltammograms are characterized by an anodic shoulder AI and a cathodic peak CI in addition to the oxygen reduction reaction plateaus, PI and PII. AI and CI were attributed to oxidation and reduction of some graphite surface function groups, respectively. Rotating ring disk electrode (RRDE) study revealed two different oxygen types assigned as inner and outer oxygen. The inner oxygen was reduced via the more efficient 4-electron pathway. The outer oxygen reduction proceeded with a lower efficient 2-electron pathway. The calculated percentages of the 4-electron pathway were ranged from 70% to 90%. A full mechanism for the graphite surface function groups changes over the studied potential window was suggested through the combination between the voltammetric, FT-IR and Raman results.

  4. Influences of internal resistance and specific surface area of electrode materials on characteristics of electric double layer capacitors

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    Suda, Yoshiyuki; Mizutani, Akitaka; Harigai, Toru; Takikawa, Hirofumi; Ue, Hitoshi; Umeda, Yoshito

    2017-01-01

    We fabricated electric double layer capacitors (EDLCs) using particulate and fibrous types of carbon nanomaterials with a wide range of specific surface areas and resistivity as an active material. The carbon nanomaterials used in this study are carbon nanoballoons (CNBs), onion-like carbon (OLC), and carbon nanocoils (CNCs). A commercially used activated carbon (AC) combined with a conductive agent was used as a comparison. We compared the EDLC performance using cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge/discharge testing, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). OLC showed a poor EDLC performance, although it has the lowest resistivity among the carbon nanomaterials. CNB, which has a 1/16 lower specific surface area than AC but higher specific surface area than CNC and OLC, had a higher specific capacitance than CNC and OLC. Moreover, at current densities of 1.5 Ag-1 and larger, the specific capacitance of the EDLC using CNB was almost the same as that using AC. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy of the EDLCs revealed that the CNB and CNC electrodes had a much lower internal resistance than the AC electrode, which correlated with a low capacitance maintenance factor as the current density increased.

  5. Surface functionality and electrochemical investigations of a graphitic electrode as a candidate for alkaline energy conversion and storage devices

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    Soliman, Ahmed B.; Abdel-Samad, Hesham S.; Abdel Rehim, Sayed S.; Hassan, Hamdy H.

    2016-01-01

    Graphite is a typical electrocatalyst support in alkaline energy conversion and storage devices such as fuel cells, supercapacitores and lithium ion batteries. The electrochemical behaviour of a graphite electrode in 0.5 M NaOH was studied to elucidate its surface structure/electrochemical activity relationship. Graphite voltammograms are characterized by an anodic shoulder AI and a cathodic peak CI in addition to the oxygen reduction reaction plateaus, PI and PII. AI and CI were attributed to oxidation and reduction of some graphite surface function groups, respectively. Rotating ring disk electrode (RRDE) study revealed two different oxygen types assigned as inner and outer oxygen. The inner oxygen was reduced via the more efficient 4-electron pathway. The outer oxygen reduction proceeded with a lower efficient 2-electron pathway. The calculated percentages of the 4-electron pathway were ranged from 70% to 90%. A full mechanism for the graphite surface function groups changes over the studied potential window was suggested through the combination between the voltammetric, FT-IR and Raman results. PMID:26916054

  6. A Combined “Electrochemical–Frustrated Lewis Pair” Approach to Hydrogen Activation: Surface Catalytic Effects at Platinum Electrodes

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    Lawrence, Elliot J; Blagg, Robin J; Hughes, David L; Ashley, Andrew E; Wildgoose, Gregory G

    2015-01-01

    Herein, we extend our “combined electrochemical–frustrated Lewis pair” approach to include Pt electrode surfaces for the first time. We found that the voltammetric response of an electrochemical–frustrated Lewis pair (FLP) system involving the B(C6F5)3/[HB(C6F5)3]− redox couple exhibits a strong surface electrocatalytic effect at Pt electrodes. Using a combination of kinetic competition studies in the presence of a H atom scavenger, 6-bromohexene, and by changing the steric bulk of the Lewis acid borane catalyst from B(C6F5)3 to B(C6Cl5)3, the mechanism of electrochemical–FLP reactions on Pt surfaces was shown to be dominated by hydrogen-atom transfer (HAT) between Pt, [Pt–H] adatoms and transient [HB(C6F5)3]⋅ electrooxidation intermediates. These findings provide further insight into this new area of combining electrochemical and FLP reactions, and proffers additional avenues for exploration beyond energy generation, such as in electrosynthesis. PMID:25382457

  7. Surface functionality and electrochemical investigations of a graphitic electrode as a candidate for alkaline energy conversion and storage devices

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    Soliman, Ahmed B.; Abdel-Samad, Hesham S.; Abdel Rehim, Sayed S.; Hassan, Hamdy H.

    2016-02-01

    Graphite is a typical electrocatalyst support in alkaline energy conversion and storage devices such as fuel cells, supercapacitores and lithium ion batteries. The electrochemical behaviour of a graphite electrode in 0.5 M NaOH was studied to elucidate its surface structure/electrochemical activity relationship. Graphite voltammograms are characterized by an anodic shoulder AI and a cathodic peak CI in addition to the oxygen reduction reaction plateaus, PI and PII. AI and CI were attributed to oxidation and reduction of some graphite surface function groups, respectively. Rotating ring disk electrode (RRDE) study revealed two different oxygen types assigned as inner and outer oxygen. The inner oxygen was reduced via the more efficient 4-electron pathway. The outer oxygen reduction proceeded with a lower efficient 2-electron pathway. The calculated percentages of the 4-electron pathway were ranged from 70% to 90%. A full mechanism for the graphite surface function groups changes over the studied potential window was suggested through the combination between the voltammetric, FT-IR and Raman results.

  8. A combined "electrochemical-frustrated lewis pair" approach to hydrogen activation: surface catalytic effects at platinum electrodes.

    PubMed

    Lawrence, Elliot J; Blagg, Robin J; Hughes, David L; Ashley, Andrew E; Wildgoose, Gregory G

    2015-01-07

    Herein, we extend our "combined electrochemical-frustrated Lewis pair" approach to include Pt electrode surfaces for the first time. We found that the voltammetric response of an electrochemical-frustrated Lewis pair (FLP) system involving the B(C6 F5 )3 /[HB(C6 F5 )3 ](-) redox couple exhibits a strong surface electrocatalytic effect at Pt electrodes. Using a combination of kinetic competition studies in the presence of a H atom scavenger, 6-bromohexene, and by changing the steric bulk of the Lewis acid borane catalyst from B(C6 F5 )3 to B(C6 Cl5 )3 , the mechanism of electrochemical-FLP reactions on Pt surfaces was shown to be dominated by hydrogen-atom transfer (HAT) between Pt, [PtH] adatoms and transient [HB(C6 F5 )3 ](⋅) electrooxidation intermediates. These findings provide further insight into this new area of combining electrochemical and FLP reactions, and proffers additional avenues for exploration beyond energy generation, such as in electrosynthesis.

  9. A Combined "Electrochemical-Frustrated Lewis Pair" Approach to Hydrogen Activation: Surface Catalytic Effects at Platinum Electrodes.

    PubMed

    Lawrence, Elliot J; Blagg, Robin J; Hughes, David L; Ashley, Andrew E; Wildgoose, Gregory G

    2014-11-06

    Herein, we extend our "combined electrochemical-frustrated Lewis pair" approach to include Pt electrode surfaces for the first time. We found that the voltammetric response of an electrochemical-frustrated Lewis pair (FLP) system involving the B(C6 F5 )3 /[HB(C6 F5 )3 ](-) redox couple exhibits a strong surface electrocatalytic effect at Pt electrodes. Using a combination of kinetic competition studies in the presence of a H atom scavenger, 6-bromohexene, and by changing the steric bulk of the Lewis acid borane catalyst from B(C6 F5 )3 to B(C6 Cl5 )3 , the mechanism of electrochemical-FLP reactions on Pt surfaces was shown to be dominated by hydrogen-atom transfer (HAT) between Pt, [PtH] adatoms and transient [HB(C6 F5 )3 ](⋅) electrooxidation intermediates. These findings provide further insight into this new area of combining electrochemical and FLP reactions, and proffers additional avenues for exploration beyond energy generation, such as in electrosynthesis.

  10. Suppression of Photoanodic Surface Oxidation of n-Type 6H-SiC Electrodes in Aqueous Electrolytes.

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    Sachsenhauser, Matthias; Walczak, Karl; Hampel, Paul A; Stutzmann, Martin; Sharp, Ian D; Garrido, Jose A

    2016-02-16

    The photoelectrochemical characterization of silicon carbide (SiC) electrodes is important for enabling a wide range of potential applications for this semiconductor. However, photocorrosion of the SiC surface remains a key challenge, because this process considerably hinders the deployment of this material into functional devices. In this report, we use cyclic voltammetry to investigate the stability of n-type 6H-SiC photoelectrodes in buffered aqueous electrolytes. For measurements in pure Tris buffer, photogenerated holes accumulate at the interface under anodic polarization, resulting in the formation of a porous surface oxide layer. Two possibilities are presented to significantly enhance the stability of the SiC photoelectrodes. In the first approach, redox molecules are added to the buffer solution to kinetically facilitate hole transfer to these molecules, and in the second approach, water oxidation in the electrolyte is induced by depositing a cobalt phosphate catalyst onto the semiconductor surface. Both methods are found to effectively suppress photocorrosion of the SiC electrodes, as confirmed by atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy measurements. The presented study provides straightforward routes to stabilize n-type SiC photoelectrodes in aqueous electrolytes, which is essential for a possible utilization of this material in the fields of photocatalysis and multimodal biosensing.

  11. H2 production in membraneless bioelectrochemical cells with optimized architecture: The effect of cathode surface area and electrode distance.

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    Rivera, Isaac; Bakonyi, Péter; Buitrón, Germán

    2017-03-01

    In this work we report on the hydrogen production capacity of single-chamber microbial electrohydrogenesis cell (MEC) with optimized design characteristics, in particular cathode surface area and anode-cathode spacing using acetate as substrate. The results showed that the maximal H2 production rates and best energetic performances could be obtained using the smallest, 71 cm(2) stainless steel cathode and 4 cm electrode distances, employing a 60 cm(2) bioanode. Cyclic voltammetric analysis was employed to investigate the dominant electron transfer mechanism of the architecturally optimized system.

  12. Formation of macroscopic surface layers on Fe(0) electrocoagulation electrodes during an extended field trial of arsenic treatment.

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    van Genuchten, Case M; Bandaru, Siva R S; Surorova, Elena; Amrose, Susan E; Gadgil, Ashok J; Peña, Jasquelin

    2016-06-01

    Extended field trials to remove arsenic (As) via Fe(0) electrocoagulation (EC) have demonstrated consistent As removal from groundwater to concentrations below 10 μg L(-1). However, the coulombic performance of long-term EC field operation is lower than that of laboratory-based systems. Although EC electrodes used over prolonged periods show distinct passivation layers, which have been linked to decreased treatment efficiency, the spatial distribution and mineralogy of such surface layers have not been investigated. In this work, we combine wet chemical measurements with sub-micron-scale chemical maps and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) to determine the chemical composition and mineral phase of surface layers formed during long-term Fe(0) EC treatment. We analyzed Fe(0) EC electrodes used for 3.5 months of daily treatment of As-contaminated groundwater in rural West Bengal, India. We found that the several mm thick layer that formed on cathodes and anodes consisted of primarily magnetite, with minor fractions of goethite. Spatially-resolved SAED patterns also revealed small quantities of CaCO3, Mn oxides, and SiO2, the source of which was the groundwater electrolyte. We propose that the formation of the surface layer contributes to decreased treatment performance by preventing the migration of EC-generated Fe(II) to the bulk electrolyte, where As removal occurs. The trapped Fe(II) subsequently increases the surface layer size at the expense of treatment efficiency. Based on these findings, we discuss several simple and affordable methods to prevent the efficiency loss due to the surface layer, including alternating polarity cycles and cleaning the Fe(0) surface mechanically or via electrolyte scouring.

  13. Towards combined electrochemistry and surface-enhanced resonance Raman of heme proteins: Improvement of diffusion electrochemistry of cytochrome c at silver electrodes chemically modified with 4-mercaptopyridine.

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    Millo, Diego; Ranieri, Antonio; Koot, Wynanda; Gooijer, Cees; van der Zwan, Gert

    2006-08-01

    To date, a successful combination of surface-enhanced resonance Raman spectroscopy (SERRS) and electrochemistry to study heme proteins is inhibited by the problems raised by the prerequisite to use silver as electrode metal. This paper indicates an approach to overcome these problems. It describes a quick and reproducible procedure to prepare silver electrodes chemically modified with 4-mercaptopyridine suitable to perform diffusion electrochemistry of cytochrome c (cyt c). The method involves the employment of a mechanical and a chemical treatment and avoids the use of alumina slurries and any electrochemical pretreatment. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) was used to test the electrochemical response of cyt c, and the CV signals were found identical with those obtained on gold electrodes under the same experimental conditions. Compared to previous literature, a significant improvement of the CV signal of cyt c at silver electrodes was achieved. Preliminary results show that this treatment can be also successfully employed for the preparation of SERRS-active electrodes.

  14. High performance cermet electrodes

    DOEpatents

    Isenberg, Arnold O.; Zymboly, Gregory E.

    1986-01-01

    Disclosed is a method of increasing the operating cell voltage of a solid oxide electrochemical cell having metal electrode particles in contact with an oxygen-transporting ceramic electrolyte. The metal electrode is heated with the cell, and oxygen is passed through the oxygen-transporting ceramic electrolyte to the surface of the metal electrode particles so that the metal electrode particles are oxidized to form a metal oxide layer between the metal electrode particles and the electrolyte. The metal oxide layer is then reduced to form porous metal between the metal electrode particles and the ceramic electrolyte.

  15. Electrochemical, interfacial, and surface studies of the conversion of carbon dioxide to liquid fuels on tin electrodes

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    Wu, Jingjie

    maximize the triple phase boundary length for simultaneous high current density and selectivity towards formate formation (Chapter 3). The Sn GDEs was incorporated into a home-designed scalable full electrochemical cell which features a buffer layer of circulating liquid electrolyte mediating the proton concentration at cathode electrode surface. The Sn GDEs exhibited excellent short-term performance for CO2 reduction with high selectivity towards formate formation at low overpotentials in the full electrochemical cell. Additionally, coupling water oxidation and CO2 reduction was demonstrated in this full electrochemical cell to mimic biosynthesis (Chapter 4). The rapid degradation of selectivity towards formate formation on Sn GDEs in the full electrochemical cell, however, was observed during long-term operation. The degradation mechanism was unraveled due to the decrease of electrode potential resulted from substantial increase of internal ohmic resistance of the full electrochemical cell. The unexpected rise of internal ohmic resistance was attributed to the pulverization of 100 nm Sn nanoparticles due to the hydrogen diffusion induced stress. Based on the understanding of the origin of Sn nanoparticles pulverization, SnO2 nanoparticles of 3˜3.5 nm close to the critical size were utilized and reduced in situ to form Sn catalyst for electrochemical reduction of CO2. The pulverization was suppressed and subsequently a stable performance of electrodes was obtained (Chapter 5). Due to the affinity to oxygen, Sn nanoparticle surface is covered by a native thin oxide layer. The performance of Sn GDEs towards CO2 reduction strongly depends on the initial thickness of the surface oxide layer. The selectivity towards formate production dropped while the hydrogen yield increased as the initial thickness of the oxide layer increased (Chapter 6). These results suggest the underlying of surface structure on the selectivity of Sn electrode for CO2 reduction and provide insight into

  16. Comparisons between Surface-Enhanced Raman and Surface Infrared Spectroscopies for Strongly Perturbed Adsorbates: Thiocyanate at Gold Electrodes.

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    1986-07-30

    tu. 3. iptt FCSa, s CATALOG NUtof SBetween Surface -Enhanced Raman anj$ YEO EOTI EIDCvfr Surface Infared Spectroscopies for StrongiV Technical Report...REPORT 8 49 0Comparisons Between Surface-Enhanced Raman and Surface Infrared Spectroscopies for Strongly Perturbed Adsorbates: Thiocyanate at Gold...for thiocyanate adsorbed at the gold-aqueous interface is examined by both surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and subtractively normalized

  17. Promotional effect of surface hydroxyls on electrochemical reduction of CO2 over SnOx/Sn electrode

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    Cui, Chaonan; Han, Jinyu; Zhu, Xinli; ...

    2016-01-16

    In this study, tin oxide (SnOx) formation on tin-based electrode surfaces during CO2 electrochemical reduction can have a significant impact on the activity and selectivity of the reaction. In the present study, density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to understand the role of SnOx in CO2 reduction using a SnO monolayer on the Sn(112) surface as a model for SnOx. Water molecules have been treated explicitly and considered actively participating in the reaction. The results showed that H2O dissociates on the perfect SnO monolayer into two hydroxyl groups symmetrically on the surface. CO2 energetically prefers to react withmore » the hydroxyl, forming a bicarbonate (HCO3(t)*) intermediate, which can then be reduced to either formate (HCOO*) by hydrogenating the carbon atom or carboxyl (COOH*) by protonating the oxygen atom. Both steps involve a simultaneous Csingle bondO bond breaking. Further reduction of HCOO* species leads to the formation of formic acid in the acidic solution at pH < 4, while the COOH* will decompose to CO and H2O via protonation. Whereas the oxygen vacancy (VO) in the oxide monolayer maybe formed by the reduction, it can be recovered by H2O dissociation, resulting in two embedded hydroxyl groups. The results show that the hydroxylated surface with two symmetric hydroxyls is energetically more favorable for CO2 reduction than the hydroxylated VO surface with two embedded hydroxyls. The reduction potential for the former has a limiting-potential of –0.20 V (RHE), lower than that for the latter (–0.74 V (RHE)). Compared to the pure Sn electrode, the formation of SnOx monolayer on the electrode under the operating conditions promotes CO2 reduction more effectively by forming surface hydroxyls, thereby providing a new channel via COOH* to the CO formation, although formic acid is still the major reduction product.« less

  18. Promotional effect of surface hydroxyls on electrochemical reduction of CO2 over SnOx/Sn electrode

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    Cui, Chaonan; Han, Jinyu; Zhu, Xinli; Liu, Xiao; Wang, Hua; Mei, Donghai; Ge, Qingfeng

    2016-11-01

    Tin oxide (SnOx) formation on tin-based electrode surfaces during CO2 electrochemical reduction can have a significant impact on the activity and selectivity of the reaction. In the present study, density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed to understand the role of SnOx in CO2 reduction using a SnO monolayer on the Sn(112) surface as a model for SnOx. Water molecules have been treated explicitly and considered actively participating in the reaction. The results showed that H2O dissociates on the perfect SnO monolayer into two hydroxyl groups symmetrically on the surface. CO2 energetically prefers to react with the hydroxyl, forming a bicarbonate (HCO3(t)*) intermediate, which can then be reduced to either formate (HCOO*) by hydrogenating the carbon atom or carboxyl (COOH*) by protonating the oxygen atom. Both steps involve a simultaneous C-O bond breaking. Further reduction of HCOO* species leads to the formation of formic acid in the acidic solution at pH < 4, while the COOH* will decompose to CO and H2O via protonation. Whereas the oxygen vacancy (VO) in the monolayer maybe formed by the reduction of the monolayer, it can be recovered by H2O dissociation, resulting in two embedded hydroxyl groups. However, the hydroxylated surface with two symmetric hydroxyls is energetically more favorable for CO2 reduction than the hydroxylated VO surface with two embedded hydroxyls. The reduction potential for the former has a limiting-potential of -0.20 V (RHE), lower than that for the latter (-0.74 V (RHE)). Compared to the pure Sn electrode, the formation of SnOx monolayer on the electrode under the operating conditions promotes CO2 reduction more effectively by forming surface hydroxyls, thereby, providing a new channel via COOH* to the CO formation, although formic acid is still the major reduction product. The work was supported in part by National Natural Sciences Foundation of China (Grant #21373148 and #21206117). The High Performance Computing

  19. Time dependent density functional theory study of the near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure of benzene in gas phase and on metal surfaces.

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    Asmuruf, Frans A; Besley, Nicholas A

    2008-08-14

    The near-edge x-ray absorption fine structure of benzene in the gas phase and adsorbed on the Au(111) and Pt(111) surfaces is studied with time dependent density functional theory. Excitation energies computed with hybrid exchange-correlation functionals are too low compared to experiment. However, after applying a constant shift the spectra are in good agreement with experiment. For benzene on the Au(111) surface, two bands arising from excitation to the e(2u)(pi(*)) and b(2g)(pi(*)) orbitals of benzene are observed for photon incidence parallel to the surface. On Pt(111) surface, a broader band arises from excitation to benzene orbitals that are mixed with the surface and have both sigma(*)(Pt-C) and pi(*) characters.

  20. Fuel cell electrodes

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    Strmcnik, Dusan; Cuesta, Angel; Stamenkovic, Vojislav; Markovic, Nenad

    2015-06-23

    A process includes patterning a surface of a platinum group metal-based electrode by contacting the electrode with an adsorbate to form a patterned platinum group metal-based electrode including platinum group metal sites blocked with adsorbate molecules and platinum group metal sites which are not blocked.

  1. Generation of gold nanostructures at the surface of platinum electrode by electrodeposition for ECL detection for CE.

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    Cao, Guangming; Liu, Qian; Huang, Yan; Li, Wang; Yao, Shouzhuo

    2010-03-01

    In this paper, we report a sensitive method for ECL detection for CE based on generation of gold nanostructures at the surface of Pt electrode by electrodeposition. Difenidol hydrochloride was used as a model analyte. With the increase of electrodeposition amount, the morphology of gold nanostructures changed from discrete nanoflowers to dense nanoparticle array. Interestingly, the variation of deposition amount also greatly affected the ECL intensity of difenidol. The ECL intensity increased remarkably with deposition amount and reached the maximum value at the deposition amount of 7.0 x 10(-8)C; further increasing the deposition amount, however, caused the ECL intensity to decrease. Other conditions, including applied potential, injection time and voltage, buffer pH, were also optimized in detail. Under the optimized conditions, the linear response range of difenidol is from 1.0 x 10(-8) to 5.0 x 10(-5) M, and the detection limit was 4.0 x 10(-9) M (S/N=3). The RSDs of ECL intensity and migration time were 2.0 and 1.6%, respectively (n=5, at 7.5 microM difenidol). Compared with using bare electrode, the detection sensitivity was significantly improved by ca. two orders of magnitude. Notably, the nanogold was prepared at the surface of electrode and no nanogold was added to the electrophoretic buffer or detection cell, thus causing no interference to the separation. Finally, the proposed method was successfully applied to the analysis of difenidol in tablets and urine samples. With high sensitivity and good reproducibility, this method provides a promising platform for the determination of pharmaceuticals that have a tertiary amine group such as difenidol.

  2. Micromachined electrode array

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    Okandan, Murat; Wessendorf, Kurt O.

    2007-12-11

    An electrode array is disclosed which has applications for neural stimulation and sensing. The electrode array, in certain embodiments, can include a plurality of electrodes each of which is flexibly attached to a common substrate using a plurality of springs to allow the electrodes to move independently. In other embodiments of the electrode array, the electrodes can be fixed to the substrate. The electrode array can be formed from a combination of bulk and surface micromachining, and can include electrode tips having an electroplated metal (e.g. platinum, iridium, gold or titanium) or a metal oxide (e.g. iridium oxide) for biocompatibility. The electrode array can be used to form a part of a neural prosthesis, and is particularly well adapted for use in an implantable retinal prosthesis.

  3. Flexible retinal electrode array

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    Okandan, Murat; Wessendorf, Kurt O.; Christenson, Todd R.

    2006-10-24

    An electrode array which has applications for neural stimulation and sensing. The electrode array can include a large number of electrodes each of which is flexibly attached to a common substrate using a plurality of springs to allow the electrodes to move independently. The electrode array can be formed from a combination of bulk and surface micromachining, with electrode tips that can include an electroplated metal (e.g. platinum, iridium, gold or titanium) or a metal oxide (e.g. iridium oxide) for biocompatibility. The electrode array can be used to form a part of a neural prosthesis, and is particularly well adapted for use in an implantable retinal prosthesis where the electrodes can be tailored to provide a uniform gentle contact pressure with optional sensing of this contact pressure at one or more of the electrodes.

  4. High frequency reference electrode

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    Kronberg, James W.

    1994-01-01

    A high frequency reference electrode for electrochemical experiments comprises a mercury-calomel or silver-silver chloride reference electrode with a layer of platinum around it and a layer of a chemically and electrically resistant material such as TEFLON around the platinum covering all but a small ring or "halo" at the tip of the reference electrode, adjacent to the active portion of the reference electrode. The voltage output of the platinum layer, which serves as a redox electrode, and that of the reference electrode are coupled by a capacitor or a set of capacitors and the coupled output transmitted to a standard laboratory potentiostat. The platinum may be applied by thermal decomposition to the surface of the reference electrode. The electrode provides superior high-frequency response over conventional electrodes.

  5. High frequency reference electrode

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    Kronberg, J.W.

    1994-05-31

    A high frequency reference electrode for electrochemical experiments comprises a mercury-calomel or silver-silver chloride reference electrode with a layer of platinum around it and a layer of a chemically and electrically resistant material such as TEFLON around the platinum covering all but a small ring or halo' at the tip of the reference electrode, adjacent to the active portion of the reference electrode. The voltage output of the platinum layer, which serves as a redox electrode, and that of the reference electrode are coupled by a capacitor or a set of capacitors and the coupled output transmitted to a standard laboratory potentiostat. The platinum may be applied by thermal decomposition to the surface of the reference electrode. The electrode provides superior high-frequency response over conventional electrodes. 4 figs.

  6. Magnetohydrodynamic electrode

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    Marchant, David D.; Killpatrick, Don H.

    1978-01-01

    An electrode capable of withstanding high temperatures and suitable for use as a current collector in the channel of a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) generator consists of a sintered powdered metal base portion, the upper surface of the base being coated with a first layer of nickel aluminide, an intermediate layer of a mixture of nickel aluminide - refractory ceramic on the first layer and a third or outer layer of a refractory ceramic material on the intermediate layer. The sintered powdered metal base resists spalling by the ceramic coatings and permits greater electrode compliance to thermal shock. The density of the powdered metal base can be varied to allow optimization of the thermal conductivity of the electrode and prevent excess heat loss from the channel.

  7. Experimental and Theoretical Studies on Oxidation of Cu-Au Alloy Surfaces: Effect of Bulk Au Concentration

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    Okada, Michio; Tsuda, Yasutaka; Oka, Kohei; Kojima, Kazuki; Diño, Wilson Agerico; Yoshigoe, Akitaka; Kasai, Hideaki

    2016-01-01

    We report results of our experimental and theoretical studies on the oxidation of Cu-Au alloy surfaces, viz., Cu3Au(111), CuAu(111), and Au3Cu(111), using hyperthermal O2 molecular beam (HOMB). We observed strong Au segregation to the top layer of the corresponding clean (111) surfaces. This forms a protective layer that hinders further oxidation into the bulk. The higher the concentration of Au in the protective layer formed, the higher the protective efficacy. As a result, of the three Cu-Au surfaces studied, Au3Cu(111) is the most stable against dissociative adsorption of O2, even with HOMB. We also found that this protective property breaks down for oxidations occurring at temperatures above 300 K. PMID:27516137

  8. Charge trapping induced by plasma in alumina electrode surface investigated by thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence

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    Ambrico, P. F.; Ambrico, M.; Schiavulli, L.; Ligonzo, T.; Augelli, V.

    2009-02-02

    The plasma of a dielectric barrier discharge can fill traps in the alumina that cover the electrode. Trap energies and lifetimes are estimated by thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence. Comparison with similar results for traps created by other radiation sources clarifies the mechanisms regulating this effect. Alumina's trap energies are approximately 1 eV, and the traps remain active for several days after plasma exposure. These results could be important to keep dielectric barrier discharge plasmas uniform since a trapped charge can be an electron reservoir.

  9. Microfabricated Surface-Electrode Ion Trap for Scalable Quantum Information Processing

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    Seidelin, S.; Chiaverini, J.; Reichle, R.; Bollinger, J. J.; Leibfried, D.; Britton, J.; Wesenberg, J. H.; Blakestad, R. B.; Epstein, R. J.; Hume, D. B.; Itano, W. M.; Jost, J. D.; Langer, C.; Ozeri, R.; Shiga, N.; Wineland, D. J.

    2006-06-01

    Individual laser-cooled Mg+24 ions are confined in a linear Paul trap with a novel geometry where gold electrodes are located in a single plane and the ions are trapped 40μm above this plane. The relatively simple trap design and fabrication procedure are important for large-scale quantum information processing (QIP) using ions. Measured ion motional frequencies are compared to simulations. Measurements of ion recooling after cooling is temporarily suspended yield a heating rate of approximately 5 motional quanta per millisecond for a trap frequency of 2.83 MHz, sufficiently low to be useful for QIP.

  10. Surface chemical analysis of CuO nanofiber composite electrodes at different stages of lithiation/delithiation

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    Gangaja, Binitha; Chandrasekharan, Sruthi; Vadukumpully, Sajini; Nair, Shantikumar V.; Santhanagopalan, Dhamodaran

    2017-02-01

    High aspect ratio, electrospun CuO nanofibers have been fabricated and tested for its electrochemical performance as lithium ion battery anode. These nanofibers are composed of CuO nanoparticles about 35-40 nm in size forming good inter-connected network. Fabricated half cells maintained specific capacity of 310 mAh g-1 at 1C rate for 100 cycles and stabilized capacity of about 120 mAh g-1 at 5C rate for 1000 cycles. Ex situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) was performed to understand the electrodes surface chemical changes at the end of first discharge, first charge and after tenth charge. The solid electrolyte interface (SEI) layer comprised of LiF, Li2CO3 and Li2O while their quantity varied depending on the stage of lithiation/delithiation. Initially, no copper signal is observed on the surface of the SEI layer. However, in situ sputtering of the electrodes in the XPS chamber revealed that at the end of first discharge, formation Cu0 with detectable fraction of LixCuO2 and hydroxide in the SEI layer. At the end of first charge, a large fraction of Cu2O phase with a small fraction of hydroxide is observed. At the end of 10th charge no change in SEI layer content but increase in thickness was observed.

  11. Surface control of alkyl chain conformations and 2D chiral amplification.

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    Hauptmann, Nadine; Scheil, Katharina; Gopakumar, Thiruvancheril G; Otte, Franziska L; Schütt, Christian; Herges, Rainer; Berndt, Richard

    2013-06-19

    Trioctyl-functionalized triazatriangulenium (trioctyl-TATA) deposited on Au(111) and Ag(111) surfaces by electrospray ionization was investigated using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy. The molecule surprisingly adsorbs with gauche rather than anti conformations of the octyl groups. We observed chiral amplification in the islands. Only one of the eight possible configurations of the octyl groups was found in homochiral hexagonal networks. Quantum-chemical calculations confirmed and explained the preference for the gauche conformations of adsorbed trioctyl-TATA.

  12. Electrochemical synthesis of gold nanoparticles on the surface of multi-walled carbon nanotubes with glassy carbon electrode and their application

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    Song, Y. Z.; Li, X.; Song, Y.; Cheng, Z. P.; Zhong, H.; Xu, J. M.; Lu, J. S.; Wei, C. G.; Zhu, A. F.; Wu, F. Y.; Xu, J.

    2013-01-01

    Gold nanoparticles on the surface of multi-walled carbon nanotubes with glassy carbon electrode were prepared using electrochemical synthesis method. The thin films of gold Nanoparticles/multi-walled carbon nanotubes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, and cyclic voltammetry. Electrochemical behavior of adrenaline hydrochloride at gold nanoparticles/multi-walled carbon nanotube modified glassy carbon electrode was investigated. A simple, sensitive, and inexpensive method for determination of adrenaline hydrochloride was proposed.

  13. Facile in situ characterization of gold nanoparticles on electrode surfaces by electrochemical techniques: average size, number density and morphology determination.

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    Wang, Ying; Laborda, Eduardo; Salter, Chris; Crossley, Alison; Compton, Richard G

    2012-10-21

    A fast and cheap in situ approach is presented for the characterization of gold nanoparticles from electrochemical experiments. The average size and number of nanoparticles deposited on a glassy carbon electrode are determined from the values of the total surface area and amount of gold obtained by lead underpotential deposition and by stripping of gold in hydrochloric acid solution, respectively. The morphology of the nanoparticle surface can also be analyzed from the "fingerprint" in lead deposition/stripping experiments. The method is tested through the study of gold nanoparticles deposited on a glassy carbon substrate by seed-mediated growth method which enables an easy control of the nanoparticle size. The procedure is also applied to the characterization of supplied gold nanoparticles. The results are in satisfactory agreement with those obtained via scanning electron microscopy.

  14. The Effects of TI/PT Bottom Electrode on Crystallographic and Surface Characteristics of PZT Thick Films

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    Koochekzadeh, Ali; Keshavarz Alamdari, Eskandar; Barzegar, Abdolghafar

    The ceramic lead zirconate titanate (PZT) films near the morphotropic phase boundary are successfully integrated into MEMS devices, especially for applications in microsensors and actuators. The ferro/piezo electric properties of PZT thick films are widely dependent on its surface quality and crystallographic orientation growth. This paper indicates the influences of platinum bottom electrode on the surface and crystallographic properties of PZT. Ti (10nm) and Pt (100nm) thin films have been deposited on silicon substrate by thermal evaporation and electron beam respectively without vacuum breaking. After annealing treatment, the Pt film exhibited (111) preferred orientation. Finally one micron thick PZT (54/46) film was deposited by a RF magnetron sputtering at room temperature in pure Argon followed by a conventional post annealing treatment on silicon substrate. The XRD measurements have shown the provskite structure of PZT films with (100) preferred orientation at annealing temperatures above 600°C and (111) preferred orientation above 650°c. The SEM results demonstrate that whatever the annealing temperature is increased, recrystallization grains and black holes on Pt surface occurs and cause morphological change of PZT surface. The AFM test shows the strong RMS roughness of platinum surface after annealing temperature at 650°C.

  15. Pointed carbon fiber ultramicroelectrodes: a new probe option for electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Sripirom, Jiyapa; Kuhn, Sonja; Jung, Ulrich; Magnussen, Olaf; Schulte, Albert

    2013-01-15

    Carbon tips for in situ scanning tunneling microscopy studies in an electrochemical environment were prepared by electrochemical etching of carbon fibers and subsequent coating with electrodeposition paint and a silicone elastomer. The tips obtained were stable in acidic electrolyte and allowed high-resolution in situ imaging of the bare Au(111) electrode surface and of Au(111) covered by monolayers of the octyl-triazatriangulenium molecule.

  16. Atomic resolution imaging of electrode surfaces in solutions containing reversible redox species

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    Heben, Michael J.; Penner, Reginald M.; Lewis, Nathan S.; Dovek, Moris M.; Quate, Calvin F.

    1989-04-01

    Procedures are described for insulating metal scanning tunneling microscope (STM) tips with either glass or polymer coatings. In solutions containing 0.10 M of a reversible redox couple, Fe(CN)-3/-46, the faradaic limiting current to polymer coated tips was 200-500 pA and that for glass coated tips was <10 pA. For polymer insulated tips, steady-state currents of 10-100 pA were observed at tip-sample displacements less than 0.3 μm. The suppression of faradaic current achieved by these coating procedures enabled the collection of the first atomic resolution STM images of highly ordered pyrolytic graphite electrodes in contact with redox-active electrolytes. Preliminary data for the in situ electrochemical characterization of these tips are also discussed.

  17. Vapour-phase gold-surface-mediated coupling of aldehydes with methanol.

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    Xu, Bingjun; Liu, Xiaoying; Haubrich, Jan; Friend, Cynthia M

    2010-01-01

    Selective coupling of oxygenates is critical to many synthetic processes, including those necessary for the development of alternative fuels. We report a general process for selective coupling of aldehydes and methanol as a route to ester synthesis. All steps are mediated by oxygen-covered metallic gold nanoparticles on Au(111). Remarkably, cross-coupling of methanol with formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, benzaldehyde and benzeneacetaldehyde to methyl esters is promoted by oxygen-covered Au(111) below room temperature with high selectivity. The high selectivity is attributed to the ease of nucleophilic attack of the aldehydes by the methoxy intermediate-formed from methanol on the surface-which yields the methyl esters. The competing combustion occurs via attack of both methanol and the aldehydes by oxygen. The mechanistic model constructed in this study provides insight into factors that control selectivity and clearly elucidates the crucial role of Au nanoparticles as active species in the catalytic oxidation of alcohols, even in solution.

  18. Electroanalysis using macro-, micro-, and nanochemical architectures on electrode surfaces. Bulk surface modification of glassy carbon microspheres with gold nanoparticles and their electrical wiring using carbon nanotubes.

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    Dai, Xuan; Wildgoose, Gregory G; Salter, Chris; Crossley, Alison; Compton, Richard G

    2006-09-01

    Gold nanoparticles (approximately 30-60 nm in diameter) were deposited onto the surface of glassy carbon microspheres (10-20 microm) through electroless plating to produce bulk (i.e., gram) quantities of nanoparticle surface-modified microspheres. The gold nanoparticle-modified powder was then characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy and cyclic voltammetry. The voltammetric response of a macroelectrode consisting of a film of gold nanoparticle-modified glassy carbon microspheres, bound together and "wired-up" using multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), was investigated. We demonstrate that by intelligently exploiting both nano- and microchemical architectures and wiring up the electroactive centers using MWCNTs in this way, we can obtain macroelectrode voltammetric behavior while only using approximately 1% by mass of the expensive gold material that would be required to construct the equivalent gold film macrodisk electrode. The potential utility of electrodes constructed using chemical architectures such as this was demonstrated by applying them to the analytical determination of arsenic(III) concentration. An optimized limit of detection of 2.5 ppb was obtained.

  19. Motion of clusters on complex surfaces

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    Alkis, Sabri; Krause, Jeffrey; Cheng, Hai-Ping

    2007-03-01

    Polymer and organic molecule assemblies have been investigated intensely in the past decade, due to their vast range of applications in nano-molecular electronics and as bio-sensors. In particular, self-assembled monolyers (SAMs) of alkanethiol on the Au(111) surface are used widely in surface studies because they are simple structurally, stable thermodynamically and have well-defined order. In this project, inspired by recent experiments, we use classical molecular dynamics simulations to study motions of Agn clusters with various sizes on the alkanthiol SAMs. We report detailed results on dynamics, diffusion, and sintering processes of these nano-clusters.

  20. Elucidating the Surface Reactions of an Amorphous Si Thin Film as a Model Electrode for Li-Ion Batteries.

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    Ferraresi, Giulio; Czornomaz, Lukas; Villevieille, Claire; Novák, Petr; El Kazzi, Mario

    2016-11-02

    We investigated during the first lithiation/delithiation process the electrochemical reaction mechanisms at the surface of 30 nm n-doped amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin film used as a negative model electrode for Li-ion batteries. Usage of thin film allowed us to accurately discern the different reaction mechanisms occurring at the surface by avoiding interference from carbon and binder components. The potential dependency of the evolution of the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) and the reactions on the a-Si and on the copper current collector were elucidated by coupling galvanostatic cycling with postmortem X-ray photoemission spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy analyses. Our approach revealed the clear reversibility of lithiation/delithiation in the a-Si and native SiO2 layers; such a reaction for SiO2 has not been previously detected and was considered to be an irreversible process. Quantitative and qualitative analyses of the potential-dependent surface evolution revealed the decomposition products of both the salt (LiPF6) and solvent (dimethyl carbonate/ethylene carbonate), giving insight into the complex SEI formation mechanism on the a-Si film but also underlining the strong influence of "inert" materials such as the role of the current collector in the irreversible charge loss. A model mechanism describing the evolutionary complexity of the a-Si surface during the first galvanostatic cycle is proposed and discussed.

  1. Analysis and optimization of surface plasmon-enhanced organic solar cells with a metallic crossed grating electrode.

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    Lee, Eungkyu; Kim, Changsoon

    2012-09-10

    We perform a systematic analysis of enhanced short-circuit current density (J(sc) in organic solar cells (OSCs) where one metallic electrode is optically thick and the other consists of a two-dimensional metallic crossed grating. By examining a model device representative of such surface plasmon (SP)-enhanced OSCs by the Fourier modal and finite-element methods for electromagnetic and exciton diffusion calculations, respectively, we provide general guidelines to maximize J(sc) of the SP-enhanced OSCs. Based on this study, we optimize the performance of a small-molecule OSC employing a copper phthalocyanine-fullerene donor-acceptor pair, demonstrating that the optimized SP-enhanced device has J(sc) that is 75 % larger than that of the optimized device with an ITO-based conventional structure.

  2. Stabilization of X–Au–X complexes on the Au(111) surface: A theoretical investigation and comparison of X = S, Cl, CH3S, and SiH3S

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    Lee, Jiyoung; Boschen, Jeffery S.; Windus, Theresa L.; ...

    2017-01-27

    Alnico alloys have long been used as strong permanent magnets because of their ferromagnetism and high coercivity. Understanding their structural details allows for better prediction of the resulting magnetic properties. However, quantitative three-dimensional characterization of the phase separation in these alloys is still challenged by the spatial quantification of nanoscale phases. Herein, we apply a dual tomography approach, where correlative scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopic (EDS) tomography and atom probe tomography (APT) are used to investigate the initial phase separation process of an alnico 8 alloy upon non-magnetic annealing. STEM-EDS tomography provides information on the morphology andmore » volume fractions of Fe–Co-rich and Νi–Al-rich phases after spinodal decomposition in addition to quantitative information of the composition of a nanoscale volume. Subsequent analysis of a portion of the same specimen by APT offers quantitative chemical information of each phase at the sub-nanometer scale. Furthermore, APT reveals small, 2–4 nm Fe-richα1 phases that are nucleated in the Ni-richα2 matrix. From this information, we show that phase separation of the alnico 8 alloy consists of both spinodal decomposition and nucleation and growth processes. The complementary benefits and challenges associated with correlative STEM-EDS and APT are discussed.« less

  3. Enhanced quantum efficiency of photoelectron emission, through surface textured metal electrodes

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    Alexander, Anna; Bandaru, Prabhakar R.; Moody, Nathan A.

    2016-03-15

    It is predicted that the quantum efficiency (QE) of photoelectron emission from metals may be enhanced, possibly by an order of magnitude, through optimized surface texture. Through extensive computational simulations, it is shown that the absorption enhancement in select surface groove geometries may be a dominant contributor to enhanced QE and corresponds to localized Fabry–Perot resonances. The inadequacy of extant analytical models in predicting the QE increase, and suggestions for further improvement, are discussed.

  4. Enhancing Electrochemical Water-Splitting Kinetics by Polarization-Driven Formation of Near-Surface Iron(0): An In Situ XPS Study on Perovskite-Type Electrodes**

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    Opitz, Alexander K; Nenning, Andreas; Rameshan, Christoph; Rameshan, Raffael; Blume, Raoul; Hävecker, Michael; Knop-Gericke, Axel; Rupprechter, Günther; Fleig, Jürgen; Klötzer, Bernhard

    2015-01-01

    In the search for optimized cathode materials for high-temperature electrolysis, mixed conducting oxides are highly promising candidates. This study deals with fundamentally novel insights into the relation between surface chemistry and electrocatalytic activity of lanthanum ferrite based electrolysis cathodes. For this means, near-ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (NAP-XPS) and impedance spectroscopy experiments were performed simultaneously on electrochemically polarized La0.6Sr0.4FeO3−δ (LSF) thin film electrodes. Under cathodic polarization the formation of Fe0 on the LSF surface could be observed, which was accompanied by a strong improvement of the electrochemical water splitting activity of the electrodes. This correlation suggests a fundamentally different water splitting mechanism in presence of the metallic iron species and may open novel paths in the search for electrodes with increased water splitting activity. PMID:25557533

  5. Wiring of the aldehyde oxidoreductase PaoABC to electrode surfaces via entrapment in low potential phenothiazine-modified redox polymers.

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    Pinyou, Piyanut; Ruff, Adrian; Pöller, Sascha; Alsaoub, Sabine; Leimkühler, Silke; Wollenberger, Ulla; Schuhmann, Wolfgang

    2016-06-01

    Phenothiazine-modified redox hydrogels were synthesized and used for the wiring of the aldehyde oxidoreductase PaoABC to electrode surfaces. The effects of the pH value and electrode surface modification on the biocatalytic activity of the layers were studied in the presence of vanillin as the substrate. The enzyme electrodes were successfully employed as bioanodes in vanillin/O2 biofuel cells in combination with a high potential bilirubin oxidase biocathode. Open circuit voltages of around 700 mV could be obtained in a two compartment biofuel cell setup. Moreover, the use of a rather hydrophobic polymer with a high degree of crosslinking sites ensures the formation of stable polymer/enzyme films which were successfully used as bioanode in membrane-less biofuel cells.

  6. Ratio of the surface-enhanced anti-Stokes scattering to the surface-enhanced Stokes-Raman scattering for molecules adsorbed on a silver electrode

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    Brolo, A. G.; Sanderson, A. C.; Smith, A. P.

    2004-01-01

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) from oxazine 720 (oxa), rhodamine 6G (R6G), and pyridine (py) adsorbed on a rough silver surface was observed. The silver electrode was immersed in aqueous solutions permitting control of the potential bias applied to the surface. SERS spectra in the Stokes and anti-Stokes regions were obtained for several applied potentials and two laser excitation energies. Normalized ratios between the anti-Stokes and the Stokes intensities K were calculated from the SERS spectra. The K ratios differed from unity for all the systems investigated. A preferential enhancement of the (surface-enhanced) Stokes scattering was observed for oxa and py. In contrast, the K ratios were higher than unity for R6G, indicating an increase in the anti-Stokes signal. The K ratios measured in this work decreased with the excitation energy and showed a dependence on the energy of the vibrational modes. These results were satisfactorily explained using resonance models, based on the charge-transfer and electromagnetic theories for SERS. No evidence for a SERS-induced nonthermal population distribution among the vibrational states of the adsorbed molecules (vibrational optical pumping) was found. Therefore, we conclude that the main features of the preferential enhancement of the anti-Stokes scattering for an adsorbed molecule on rough silver can be fully understood in the context of current SERS theories.

  7. Microchip device with 64-site electrode array for multiplexed immunoassay of cell surface antigens based on electrochemiluminescence resonance energy transfer.

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    Wu, Mei-Sheng; Shi, Hai-Wei; He, Li-Jing; Xu, Jing-Juan; Chen, Hong-Yuan

    2012-05-01

    This paper describes a novel on-chip microarray platform based on an electrochemiluminescence resonance energy transfer (ECL-RET) strategy for rapid assay of cancer cell surface biomarkers. This platform consists of 64 antigen-decorated CdS nanorod spots with the diameter of 1.0 cm uniformly distributed on 16 indium tin oxide (ITO) strips, which is coated with a multichannel decorated polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) slice to realize multiplexed determination of antigens. To shorten the immune reaction time in the microchannels and simplify the device, magnetic stirring and four-channel universal serial bus (USB) ports for plug-and-play were used. When Ru(bpy)(3)(2+) labeled antibodies were selectively captured by the corresponding antigens on the CdS nanorod spot array, ECL-RET from the CdS nanorod (donor) by cathodic emission in the presence of K(2)S(2)O(8) to Ru(bpy)(3)(2+) (acceptor) occurred. With signal amplification of Ru(bpy)(3)(2+) and competitive immunoassay, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), α-fetoprotein (AFP), and prostate specific antigen (PSA) as models were detected on this microfluidic device via recording the increased ECL-RET signals on electrode surfaces. Furthermore, this multiplexed competitive immunoassay was successfully used for detecting cancer cell surface antigens via the specific antibody-cell interactions and cell counting via cell surface receptors and antigens on the CdS nanorod surface. This platform provides a rapid and simple but sensitive approach with microliter-level sample volume and holds great promise for multiplexed detection of antigens and antigen-specific cells.

  8. Metal monolayer deposition by replacement of metal adlayers on electrode surfaces

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    Brankovic, S. R.; Wang, J. X.; Adžić, R. R.

    2001-03-01

    A new metal deposition method is demonstrated by deposition of a submonolayer of Pt, a monolayer of Pd and a bilayer of Ag on Au(1 1 1) surfaces by using a Cu adlayer as a template. The deposition of these metals occurs as a spontaneous irreversible redox process in which a Cu adlayer, obtained by underpotential deposition, is oxidized by more noble metal cations, which are reduced and simultaneously deposited. The Pt deposit is a two-dimensional submonolayer consisting of partially interconnected nano-clusters of monoatomic height. Pd forms a uniform, but textured monolayer, while Ag forms a bilayer. The deposit of each metal uniformly covers the entire gold surface without preferential deposition along the step edges. This method provides surface adlayer-controlled growth, as compared to the current distribution controlled growth in conventional electrodeposition.

  9. Intervalence transfer of ferrocene moieties adsorbed on electrode surfaces by a conjugated linkage

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    Chen, Wei; Brown, Lauren E.; Konopelski, Joseph P.; Chen, Shaowei

    2009-03-01

    Effective intervalence transfer occurred between the metal centers of ferrocene moieties that were adsorbed onto a ruthenium thin film surface by ruthenium-carbene π bonds, a direct verification of Hush's four-decade-old prediction. Electrochemical measurements showed two pairs of voltammetric peaks where the separation of the formal potentials suggested a Class II behavior. Additionally, the potential spacing increased with increasing ferrocene surface coverage, most probably as a consequence of the enhanced contribution from through-space electronic interactions between the metal centers. In contrast, the incorporation of a sp 3 carbon spacer into the ferrocene-ruthenium linkage led to the diminishment of interfacial electronic communication.

  10. Molecular-level insights of early-stage prion protein aggregation on mica and gold surface determined by AFM imaging and molecular simulation.

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    Lou, Zhichao; Wang, Bin; Guo, Cunlan; Wang, Kun; Zhang, Haiqian; Xu, Bingqian

    2015-11-01

    By in situ time-lapse AFM, we investigated early-stage aggregates of PrP formed at low concentration (100 ng/mL) on mica and Au(111) surfaces in acetate buffer (pH 4.5). Remarkably different PrP assemblies were observed. Oligomeric structures of PrP aggregates were observed on mica surface, which was in sharp contrast to the multi-layer PrP aggregates yielding parallel linear patterns observed Au(111) surface. Combining molecular dynamics and docking simulations, PrP monomers, dimers and trimers were revealed as the basic units of the observed aggregates. Besides, the mechanisms of the observed PrP aggregations and the corresponding molecular-substrate and intermolecular interactions were suggested. These interactions involved gold-sulfur interaction, electrostatic interaction, hydrophobic interaction, and hydrogen binding interaction. In contrast, the PrP aggregates observed in pH 7.2 PBS buffer demonstrated similar large ball-like structures on both mica and Au(111) surfaces. The results indicate that the pH of a solution and the surface of the system can have strong effects on supramolecular assemblies of prion proteins. This study provides in-depth understanding on the structural and mechanistic nature of PrP aggregation, and can be used to study the aggregation mechanisms of other proteins with similar misfolding properties.

  11. Assembly of selective biomimetic surface on an electrode surface: a design of nano-bio interface for biosensing.

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    Gao, Tao; Liu, Fengzhen; Yang, Dawei; Yu, Yue; Wang, Zhaoxia; Li, Genxi

    2015-06-02

    In nature, cellular molecule sensing is usually achieved at the environment/membrane interface. In the meantime, rapid growth of nanotechnology is increasingly pushing engineered nanomaterials to interact with biological surfaces. Herein, inspired by trans-membrane signal transduction, a nano-bio interface has been constructed in this work for biosensing application. The interface is formed between a selective biomembrane mimetic surface (SBMMS) and a function-oriented 2D nanohybrid. Based on the design, target recognition can be performed in a biologically favorable environment, and the nano-bio interaction can be transduced into amplified electrochemical readouts. Furthermore, this sensing platform can be used to analyze various kinds of targets, including proteins, nucleic acids, and small molecules, just by changing the biorecognition element. Low detection limits and wide detection ranges can also be obtained. So, this nano-bio interface may provide a new platform for bioanalytical research in the future.

  12. Shattering of SiMe3+ during surface-induced dissociation

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    Schultz, David G.; Hanley, Luke

    1998-12-01

    We provide experimental evidence that upon hyperthermal impact of Si(CD3)3+ ions with an organic surface, a portion of the ions undergo dissociation while still in contact with the surface. We use a tandem configuration of quadrupole mass spectrometers along with an energy analyzer to measure the kinetic energy distributions of the fragments that form as a result of the surface scattering of 25 eV Si(CD3)3+. These distributions are different for scattering from a clean Au(111) surface versus scattering from an organic surface composed of a self-assembled monolayer of hexanethiolate on Au(111). Parent and fragment ions recoil from the clean Au(111) surface with the same velocity, as is expected for fragmentation away from the surface. However, the same scattering products recoil from the organic surface with different velocities but similar energies, suggesting that the fragmentation dynamics are modified by surface interactions. We perform molecular dynamics simulations which predict residence times of ˜210 fs at the organic surface and ˜20 fs at the Au surface. The simulations also predict that 13% and 31% of the ions fragment within 1.1 ps of surface impact at the organic and Au surfaces, respectively. Thus, the experimental observation of dissociation at only the organic surface results from its longer ion-surface interaction time. The fragmentation time scale predicted by Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus calculations is yet longer, suggesting that at least a portion of the surface-induced dissociation of Si(CD3)3+ may occur via a nonstatistical mechanism. Our interpretation draws heavily from an analogous "shattering" mechanism previously proposed for cluster-surface scattering [E. Hendell, U. Even, T. Raz, and R. D. Levine, Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 2670 (1995)].

  13. Immobilization of superoxide dismutase on Pt-Pd/MWCNTs hybrid modified electrode surface for superoxide anion detection.

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    Zhu, Xiang; Niu, Xiangheng; Zhao, Hongli; Tang, Jie; Lan, Minbo

    2015-05-15

    Monitoring of reactive oxygen species like superoxide anion (O2(∙-)) turns to be of increasing significance considering their potential damages to organism. In the present work, we fabricated a novel O2(∙-) electrochemical sensor through immobilizing superoxide dismutase (SOD) onto a Pt-Pd/MWCNTs hybrid modified electrode surface. The Pt-Pd/MWCNTs hybrid was synthesized via a facile one-step alcohol-reduction process, and well characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The immobilization of SOD was accomplished using a simple drop-casting method, and the performance of the assembled enzyme-based sensor for O2(∙-) detection was systematically investigated by several electrochemcial techniques. Thanks to the specific biocatalysis of SOD towards O2(∙-) and the Pt-Pd/MWCNTs - promoted fast electron transfer at the fabricated interface, the developed biosensor exhibits a fast, selective and linear amperometric response upon O2(∙-) in the concentration scope of 40-1550 μM (R(2)=0.9941), with a sensitivity of 0.601 mA cm(-2) mM(-1) and a detection limit of 0.71 μM (S/N=3). In addition, the favorable biocompatibility of this electrode interface endows the prepared biosensor with excellent long-term stability (a sensitivity loss of only 3% over a period of 30 days). It is promising that the proposed sensor will be utilized as an effective tool to quantitatively monitor the dynamic changes of O2(∙-) in biological systems.

  14. Structure and surface chemistry of Al2O3 coated LiMn2O4 nanostructured electrodes with improved lifetime

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    Waller, G. H.; Brooke, P. D.; Rainwater, B. H.; Lai, S. Y.; Hu, R.; Ding, Y.; Alamgir, F. M.; Sandhage, K. H.; Liu, M. L.

    2016-02-01

    Aluminum oxide coatings deposited on LiMn2O4/carbon fiber electrodes by atomic layer deposition (ALD) are shown to enhance cathode performance in lithium-ion batteries. With a thin Al2O3 coating derived from 10 ALD cycles, the electrodes exhibit 2.5 times greater capacity retention over 500 cycles at a rate of 1C as well as enhanced rate capability and decreased polarization resistance. Structural and surface studies of the electrodes before and after cycling reveal that a near-surface phenomenon is responsible for the improved electrochemical performance. The crystal structure and overall morphology of the LiMn2O4 electrode are found to be unaffected by electrochemical cycling, both for coated and uncoated samples. However, evidence of Mn diffusion into the ALD coatings is observed from both transmission electron microscopy/energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (TEM-EDS) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) after electrochemical cycling. Furthermore, XPS analysis of the Al 2p photoemission peak for the ALD coated electrodes reveal a significant shift in binding energy and peak shape, suggesting the presence of an Al-O-F compound formed by sequestering HF in the electrolyte. These observations provide new insight toward understanding the mechanism in which ultrathin coatings of amphoteric oxides can inhibit capacity loss for LiMn2O4 cathodes in lithium-ion batteries.

  15. The Potential Dependence of Surface Plasmon-Enhanced Second Harmonic Generation at Thin Film Silver Electrodes.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1983-11-01

    Phy. Rev. B8, 3797 (1981). 11. R. T. Deck and D . Sarid , J. Opt. Soc. Am. 72, 1603 (1982). 12. R. K Corn and M. R. Philpott, "Surface Plasmon-Enhanced...Elctroes . PERFORMING ORG. REPORT NUMBER 7. AUTHOR(*) 11. CONTRACT OR GRANT NUNSERfs) cl Robert M. Corn, Marco Romagnoli, Marc D . Levenson and Michael R...M. Corn Marco Romagnoli Marc D . Levenson Michael R. Philpott Submitted to Chemical Plwysics Leiters IBM Research Laboratory, K33/291 5600 Cottle Road

  16. Igniter electrode life control

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    Scott, J.C.

    1985-10-07

    The prevention of electrode material erosion by undercutting in the outer electrode shell of igniter electrodes of jet engine ignition systems is prevented by the application of an electrical insulation coating. The coating is applied to the surface of the outer electrode shell which faces the ceramic insulation around the center electrode where erosion patterns are known to occur. The insulation material is selected from electrical insulation substances such as oxides of aluminum, tungsten, magnesium, beryllium or zirconium by choosing a non-porous electrical-insulating substance with thermal-expansion characteristics approximately equalling those of the outer electrode shell. Since a typical outer electrode shell is composed of 446 stainless steel, an optimum choice for the electrical insulation coating is Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/ deposited with a coating thickness of between 5 and 10 mils.

  17. Experimental Approach to Controllably Vary Protein Oxidation While Minimizing Electrode Adsorption for Boron-Doped Diamond Electrochemical Surface Mapping Applications

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    McClintock, Carlee; Hettich, Robert {Bob} L

    2013-01-01

    Oxidative protein surface mapping has become a powerful approach for measuring the solvent accessibility of folded protein structures. A variety of techniques exist for generating the key reagent hydroxyl radicals for these measurements; however, many of these approaches require use of radioactive sources or caustic oxidizing chemicals. The purpose of this research was to evaluate and optimize the use of boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrochemistry as a highly accessible tool for producing hydroxyl radicals as a means to induce a controllable level of oxidation on a range of intact proteins. These experiments utilize a relatively high flow rates to reduce protein residence time inside the electrochemical flow chamber, along with a unique cell activation approach to improve control over the intact protein oxidation yield. Studies were conducted to evaluate the level of protein adsorption onto the electrode surface. This report demonstrates a robust protocol for the use of BDD electrochemistry and high performance LC-MS/MS as a high-throughput experimental pipeline for probing higher order protein structure, and illustrates how it is complementary to predictive computational modeling efforts.

  18. Electrochemical properties of core-shell TiC-TiO2 nanoparticle films immobilized at ITO electrode surfaces.

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    Stott, Susan J; Mortimer, Roger J; Dann, Sandie E; Oyama, Munetaka; Marken, Frank

    2006-12-14

    Titanium carbide (TiC) nanoparticles are readily deposited onto tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) electrodes in the form of thin porous films. The nanoparticle deposits are electrically highly conducting and electrochemically active. In aqueous media (at pH 7) and at applied potentials positive of 0.3 V vs. SCE partial anodic surface oxidation and formation (at least in part) of novel core-shell TiC-TiO2 nanoparticles is observed. Significant thermal oxidation of TiC nanoparticles by heating in air occurs at a temperature of 250 degrees C and leads first to core-shell TiC-TiO2 nanoparticles, next at ca. 350 degrees C to TiO2 (anatase), and finally at temperatures higher than 750 degrees C to TiO2 (rutile). Electrochemically and thermally partially oxidized TiC nanoparticles still remain very active and for some redox systems electrocatalytically active. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), temperature dependent XRD, quartz crystal microbalance, and voltammetric measurements are reported. The electrocatalytic properties of the core-shell TiC-TiO2 nanoparticulate films are surveyed for the oxidation of hydroquinone, ascorbic acid, and dopamine in aqueous buffer media. In TiC-TiO2 core-shell nanoparticle films TiO2 surface reactivity can be combined with TiC conductivity.

  19. Magnetic control of electrochemical processes at electrode surface using iron-rich graphene materials with dual functionality.

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    Lim, Chee Shan; Ambrosi, Adriano; Sofer, Zdeněk; Pumera, Martin

    2014-07-07

    Metal-doped graphene hybrid materials demonstrate promising capabilities in catalysis and various sensing applications. There also exists great interest for on-demand control of the selectivity of many electrochemical processes. In this work, an iron-doped thermally reduced graphene oxide (Fe-TRGO) was prepared and used to investigate the possibility of a reproducible, magnetically controlled method to modulate electrochemical reactivities through a scalable method. We made use of the presence of both magnetic and electrocatalytic properties in the Fe-TRGOs to induce attraction and removal of the Fe-TRGO material onto and off the working electrode surfaces magnetically, thereby controlling the electrochemical oxidation and reduction processes. The outstanding electrochemical performance of the Fe-TRGO material was evident, with enhanced current signals and lower peak potentials observed upon magnetic activation. Reversible and reproducible cycles of activation and deactivation were obtained as the peak heights and peak potentials remained relatively consistent with no apparent carryover between every step. Both components of Fe-TRGO play an electrocatalytic role in the electrochemical sensing. In the cases of the oxygen reduction reaction and reduction of cumene hydroperoxide, the iron oxide plays the role of an electrocatalyst, while in the cases of ascorbic acid, the enhanced electroactivity originates from the high surface area of the graphene portion in the Fe-TRGO hybrid material. The feasibility of this magnetically switchable method for on-demand sensing and energy production thus brings about potential developments for future electrochemical applications.

  20. Magnetic control of electrochemical processes at electrode surface using iron-rich graphene materials with dual functionality

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    Lim, Chee Shan; Ambrosi, Adriano; Sofer, Zdeněk; Pumera, Martin

    2014-06-01

    Metal-doped graphene hybrid materials demonstrate promising capabilities in catalysis and various sensing applications. There also exists great interest for on-demand control of the selectivity of many electrochemical processes. In this work, an iron-doped thermally reduced graphene oxide (Fe-TRGO) was prepared and used to investigate the possibility of a reproducible, magnetically controlled method to modulate electrochemical reactivities through a scalable method. We made use of the presence of both magnetic and electrocatalytic properties in the Fe-TRGOs to induce attraction and removal of the Fe-TRGO material onto and off the working electrode surfaces magnetically, thereby controlling the electrochemical oxidation and reduction processes. The outstanding electrochemical performance of the Fe-TRGO material was evident, with enhanced current signals and lower peak potentials observed upon magnetic activation. Reversible and reproducible cycles of activation and deactivation were obtained as the peak heights and peak potentials remained relatively consistent with no apparent carryover between every step. Both components of Fe-TRGO play an electrocatalytic role in the electrochemical sensing. In the cases of the oxygen reduction reaction and reduction of cumene hydroperoxide, the iron oxide plays the role of an electrocatalyst, while in the cases of ascorbic acid, the enhanced electroactivity originates from the high surface area of the graphene portion in the Fe-TRGO hybrid material. The feasibility of this magnetically switchable method for on-demand sensing and energy production thus brings about potential developments for future electrochemical applications.