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The influence of electrolyte concentration on the adsorption of octadecanol on Au(111)

TitleThe influence of electrolyte concentration on the adsorption of octadecanol on Au(111)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsYang, YG, Bizzotto, D
JournalJournal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
Volume500
Pagination408-417
Date PublishedMar
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0022-0728
KeywordsBILAYERS, desorption, elastically scattered light technique, IN-SITU, insoluble monolayers, INTERFACE, mercury, MONOLAYERS, OCTADECANOL, PHOSPHOLIPID, SCATTERING, SELF-ASSEMBLED MONOLAYERS, SINGLE-CRYSTAL ELECTRODE, VESICLES
Abstract

The influence of electrolyte concentration on the potential dependent adsorption and desorption of octadecanol to/from a Au(111) electrode was investigated utilizing electrochemical and elastically scattered light techniques. The electrolyte concentration was found to influence the potential driven changes of the adsorbed layer (adsorption and desorption). The capacitive changes in the adsorbed layer were found to occur at more negative potentials with lower electrolyte concentration. The changes in the optical measurement, used to measure the characteristics of the desorbed species, or aggregates, were also found to be affected similarly. The magnitude of the overall change in the scattered light intensity was slightly dependent on electrolyte concentration. The re-adsorption of the aggregates was influenced by electrolyte concentration. The scattered light signal for an intermediate adsorbed state (adsorbed aggregate) was more prevalent for higher electrolyte concentration, suggesting that these intermediates were somewhat different compared to lower electrolyte concentrations. The lower electrolyte concentration displayed a larger potential region where this intermediate was stable, but the intensity of the scattered light was much lower. The electrolyte concentration most strongly influenced the potentials of adsorption and desorption, as well as the potential region of stability for the adsorbed intermediates. The sweep rate also has an influence on the scattering characteristics of the desorbed species, suggesting a possible method for measuring the kinetics of the adsorption-desorption process or for controlling the character of the desorbed species. These changes were explained in terms of a mechanism for the wetting or de-wetting of a surface. The influence of electrolyte concentration provides another opportunity for investigating the dynamics of this adsorption-desorption process. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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