A Surface-Functionalized Ionovoltaic Device for Probing Ion-Specific Adsorption at the Solid–Liquid Interface

Sun Geun Yoon, Young Jun Yang, Huding Jin, Won Hyung Lee, Ahrum Sohn, Sang Woo Kim, Junwoo Park, Youn Sang Kim

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Aqueous ion–solid interfacial interactions at an electric double layer (EDL) are studied in various research fields. However, details of the interactions at the EDL are still not fully understood due to complexity induced from the specific conditions of the solid and liquid parts. Several technical tools for ion–solid interfacial probing are experimentally and practically proposed, but they still show limitations in applicability due to the complicated measurements. Recently, an energy conversion device based on ion dynamics (called ionovoltaic device) was also introduced as another monitoring tool for the EDL, showing applicability as a novel probing method for interfacial interactions. Herein, a monitoring technique for specific ion adsorption (Cu2+ and Pb2+ in the range of 5 × 10−6–1000 × 10−6m) in the solid–liquid interface based on the ionovoltaic device is newly demonstrated. The specific ion adsorption and the corresponding interfacial potentials profiles are also investigated to elucidate a working mechanism of the device. The results give the insight of molecular-level ion adsorption through macroscopic water-motion-induced electricity generation. The simple and cost-effective detection of the device provides an innovative route for monitoring specific adsorption and expandability as a monitoring tool for various solid–liquid interfacial phenomena that are unrevealed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1806268
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 18

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program (Grant No. 2017R1A2B3005482) and the Nano-Material Technology Development Program (Grant No. 2016M3A7B4910458) of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science and ICT.

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© 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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