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The simple electrochemical method for detection of 3d molecular reorientation in adsorbed layer of organic substances

Gašparović, Blaženka; Risović, Dubravko; Ćosović, Božena (2004) The simple electrochemical method for detection of 3d molecular reorientation in adsorbed layer of organic substances. Journal of electroanalytical chemistry, 573 (2). pp. 391-398. ISSN 1572-6657

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Reorientation of initially flatly adsorbed molecules to slant or fully erected position on the electrode surface seems to be a common transition during adsorption of organic substances. However, the reorientation is not easily detected and its occurrence often questioned. In this paper we present a simple electrochemical method to detect 3d molecular reorientation at the electrode surface. The method is based on ac voltammetric measurement of a rate of change of capacitive current, dIc/dt with time, during the adsorption process, that is qualitatively different for adsorption with reorientation in respect to that without it. The theoretical considerations of simple, diffusion-controlled adsorption without reorientation predicts monotonic decrease of dIc/dt curve. This is experimentally demonstrated in the adsorption of nearly isotropic 1-aminoadamantanehydrochloride (ADA). Contrary to this theoretical prediction it is shown that in the cases when the orientational ordering and reorientation takes place the rate of change of capacitive current vs. time exhibits a plateau followed by steep decrease. Such behavior is demonstrated experimentally in adsorption of anisotropic, rod-like Triton-X-100 molecule. This has previously been shown that undergo reorientation during the adsorption process. Qualitatively the same behavior of dIc/dt was observed for both molecules in a case of diffusion controlled adsorption as well as adsorption from stirred solution.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adsorption; reorientation; capacitance, time; T-X-100; adamantane derivative
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Physics
NATURAL SCIENCES > Chemistry > Analytic Chemistry
Divisions: Division for Marine and Enviromental Research
Division of Experimental Physics
Project titleProject leaderProject codeProject type
Optičke interakcije i organizacijski procesi u materijiStjepan Lugomer0098029UNSPECIFIED
Priroda i reaktivnost organskih tvari u moru i okolišuBožena Ćosović0098122UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Blaženka Gašparović
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2016 13:53
DOI: 10.1016/j.jelechem.2004.07.035

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