Spectroelectrochemical studies of CTAB adsorbed on gold surfaces in perchloric acid

José Gisbert González, Valentin Briega Martos, Francisco Vidal Iglesias,, Angel Cuesta Ciscar* (Corresponding Author), Juan Feliu, Enrique Herrero* (Corresponding Author)

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The behaviour of CTAB adsorbed on polycrystalline gold electrodes has been studied using a combination of spectroelectrochemical methods. The results indicate that the formation of the layer is the consequence of the precipitation of the CTAB micelles on the electrode surface as bromide ions, which stabilize the micelles, are replaced by perchlorate anions. This process leads to the formation of CTA+ layers in which perchlorate ions are intercalated, in which the adlayer suffers a continuous rearrangement that leads to the formation of micro-dominions of different types of hydrogen-bonded water populations throughout the adlayer. After prolonged cycling, a stable situation is reached. Under these conditions, water molecules permeate through the adlayer toward the electrode surface at potentials positive of the potential of zero charge, due to the repulsion between the CTA+ layer and the positive charge of the electrode.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2761–2770
Number of pages10
Issue number7
Early online date8 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2023

Bibliographical note

This research was funded by Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Spain) grant number PID2019-105653GB-I00), Generalitat Valenciana (Spain) grant number PROMETEO/2020/063. A.C. gratefully acknowledges the support of the University of Aberdeen.


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