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Definitive Evidence for Fast Electron Transfer at Pristine Basal Plane Graphite from High-Resolution Electrochemical Imaging


  • We are grateful to the following for support of this work: the European Research Council (ERC-2009-AdG 247143-QUANTIF) for funding to P.R.U., Marie Curie IEF (project 275450 “VISELCAT”) under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) for funding to S.C.S.L., and EPSRC for studentships to K.M. (MOAC/DTC) and A.N.P. (Analytical Fund EP/F064861/1e). We thank Dr. Alex Colburn for instrumentation designing and building and Petr Dudin for help with artwork preparation. Some equipment used in this research was obtained through Birmingham Science City with support from Advantage West Midlands and the European Regional Development Fund.


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After all, it's active: High-resolution scanning electrochemical cell microscopy (SECCM) demonstrates that electron transfer at the basal plane of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) is fast. This finding requires radical revision of the current textbook model for HOPG electrochemistry.