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The construction and characterization of platinum and gold disk electrodes with minimum radii of 7 nm (platinum) and 500 nm (gold) is reported. The electrodes were prepared with a micropipet puller using a two step procedure and have been characterized using scanning electron microscopy, scanning electrochemical microscopy, high speed chronoamperometry, and cyclic voltammetry. The formation and growth of platinum and gold oxide layers, on the electrodes at time scales from microseconds to seconds, is reported. Significantly, the apparent microscopic area as determined by forming and subsequently reducing an oxide layer in acidic electrolyte using cyclic voltammetry depends dramatically on the scan rate. While conventional roughness factors between 1.8 and 3 are observed on average for scan rates above 5 V s(-1), the apparent roughness can exceed 30 for scan rates less than 0.5 V s(-1). Chronoamperometry, conducted on the microsecond to millisecond time scale, is used to probe the dynamics of monolayer and multilayer oxide formation as well as the reversibility of the oxide formation and removal. The latter study suggests that (at least for platinum) the growth of the oxide layer proceeds with a lower constant rate after an oxide monolayer is formed.
Biomedical Diagnostics Institute, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland, and School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, U.K.
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Name: Analytical chemistry
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Platinum. A heavy, soft, whitish metal, resembling tin, atomic number 78, atomic weight 195.09, symbol Pt. (From Dorland, 28th ed) It is used in manufacturing equipment for laboratory and industrial use. It occurs as a black powder (platinum black) and as a spongy substance (spongy platinum) and may have been known in Pliny's time as "alutiae".
A chemical element having an atomic weight of 106.4, atomic number of 46, and the symbol Pd. It is a white, ductile metal resembling platinum, and following it in abundance and importance of applications. It is used in dentistry in the form of gold, silver, and copper alloys.
Unstable isotopes of gold that decay or disintegrate emitting radiation. Au 185-196, 198-201, and 203 are radioactive gold isotopes.
Inorganic compounds which contain platinum as the central atom.