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Use of scanning electrochemical microscopy to investigate the effect of electrochemical treatments on the activity of boron-doped diamond electrodes towards different redox species

Grant number: 16/03347-0
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): April 30, 2016
Effective date (End): April 29, 2017
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Physical-Chemistry
Principal researcher:Romeu Cardozo Rocha Filho
Grantee:Ricardo Francisco Brocenschi
Supervisor abroad: Michael V. Mirkin
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Exatas e de Tecnologia (CCET). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Research place: City University of New York, New York (CUNY), United States  
Associated to the scholarship:14/11769-6 - Effect of electrochemical pretreatments on the superficial terminations of boron-doped diamond electrodes and influence of these terminations on the electrochemical response of different redox species, BP.PD


Recently we have confirmed that the hydrogenation level on the surface of a highly doped boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrode could be increased by adequate electrochemical pretreatments. Additionally, we found that BDD surfaces do not need to be highly hydrogenated to attain high electron transfer (ET) rates with the [Fe(CN)6]3/4 redox system; in fact, there seems to be a threshold for the total relative level of oxidation of the BDD surface below which [Fe(CN)6]3/4 ET is no longer hindered. Using square-wave voltammetry, we also confirmed that the overpotential for ascorbic acid (AA) oxidation is very sensitive to the total relative level of oxidation of the BDD surface, decreasing as this level of oxidation is decreased. Thus, the objective of this BEPE research internship is to use scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) as a tool to understand how the level of oxidation of a highly doped BDD surface influences its electrochemical activity towards different redox systems, specially AA and [Fe(CN)6]3/4. The main focus will be on obtaining quantitative physico-chemical information by the combination of experiments with mathematical modeling and computer simulations. The electrochemical activity of the pretreated BDD surface for the redox systems will be assessed by SCEM at localized sites of the eletrode/solution interface (possibly at different crystallite facets of the BDD surface), complemented by voltammetric techniques and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The level of oxidation of the BDD surface attained after each specific electrochemical pretreatment will be determined by XPS, whereas morphological characterizations might be conducted using AFM, SEM, and SECM. (AU)

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BROCENSCHI, RICARDO F.; SILVA, TIAGO A.; LOURENCAO, BRUNA C.; FATIBELLO-FILHO, ORLANDO; ROCHA-FILHO, ROMEU C.. Use of a boron-doped diamond electrode to assess the electrochemical response of the naphthol isomers and to attain their truly simultaneous electroanalytical determination. Electrochimica Acta, v. 243, p. 374-381, . (14/03019-7, 14/11769-6, 16/03347-0)
BAE, JE HYUN; BROCENSCHI, RICARDO F.; KISSLINGER, KIM; XIN, HUOLIN L.; MIRKIN, MICHAEL V.. Dissolution of Pt during Oxygen Reduction Reaction Produces Pt Nanoparticles. Analytical Chemistry, v. 89, n. 23, p. 12618-12621, . (16/03347-0)

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