Switching Transient Generation in Surface Interrogation Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy and Time-of-Flight Techniques

Hyun S. Ahn, Allen J. Bard

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In surface interrogation scanning electrochemical microscopy (SI-SECM), fine and accurate control of the delay time between substrate generation and tip interrogation (t delay ) is crucial because t delay defines the decay time of the reactive intermediate. In previous applications of the SI-SECM, the resolution in the control of t delay has been limited to several hundreds of milliseconds due to the slow switching of the bipotentiostat. In this work, we have improved the time resolution of t delay control up to ca. 1 μs, enhancing the SI-SECM to be competitive in the time domain with the decay of many reactive intermediates. The rapid switching SI-SECM has been implemented in a substrate generation-tip collection time-of-flight (SG-TC TOF) experiment of a solution redox mediator, and the results obtained from the experiment exhibited good agreement with that obtained from digital simulation. The reaction rate constant of surface Co IV on oxygen-evolving catalyst film, which was inaccessible thus far due to the lack of t delay control, has been measured by the rapid switching SI-SECM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12276-12280
Number of pages5
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Dec 15


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry

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