An in Situ STM and DTS Study of the Extremely Pure [EMIM]FAP/Au(111) Interface

Authors

  • Dr. Natalia Borisenko,

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    1. Institute of Particle Technology, Clausthal University of Technology, Arnold-Sommerfeld-Strasse 6, 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Germany), Fax: (+49) 5323722460
    2. EFZN Goslar, Am Stollen 19, 38640 Goslar (Germany)
    • Institute of Particle Technology, Clausthal University of Technology, Arnold-Sommerfeld-Strasse 6, 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Germany), Fax: (+49) 5323722460
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  • Prof. Dr. Sherif Zein El Abedin,

    1. Institute of Particle Technology, Clausthal University of Technology, Arnold-Sommerfeld-Strasse 6, 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Germany), Fax: (+49) 5323722460
    2. EFZN Goslar, Am Stollen 19, 38640 Goslar (Germany)
    3. Electrochemistry and Corrosion Laboratory, National Research Centre, Dokki, Cairo (Egypt)
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  • Prof. Dr. Frank Endres

    1. Institute of Particle Technology, Clausthal University of Technology, Arnold-Sommerfeld-Strasse 6, 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld (Germany), Fax: (+49) 5323722460
    2. EFZN Goslar, Am Stollen 19, 38640 Goslar (Germany)
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  • [EMIM]FAP: 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate

Abstract

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.

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