Effect of thiourea on oxidation of hypophosphite ions on Ni surface investigated by raman spectroscopy and DFT calculation

Bin Jiang, Masahiro Kunimoto, Masahiro Yanagisawa, Takayuki Homma

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Thiourea is well known and widely used additive for controlling the rate of electroless Ni deposition, and it is known to show complicated behavior in acidic/alkaline electroless deposition baths. To understand this, several experiments and theoretical calculations were performed. In the experiments, the adsorption of thiourea and the reducing agent (i.e., hypophosphite ions) on a Ni surface was characterized with a high-selectivity component at a right angle down to the sub-monolayer level using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. By comparing the results with those obtained from the theoretical calculation, co-adsorption of thiourea and hypophosphite ions on the Ni surface was confirmed. Moreover, the acceleration or suppression effects of thiourea on the oxidation of hypophosphite ions on a Ni surface in acidic/alkaline bath were analyzed from the experimental and computational perspectives. Accordingly, an explanation that unifies both the acceleration and suppression mechanisms of thiourea in terms of its own fundamental characteristics is proposed; this will be one of the most important processes for industrial applications of electroless Ni deposition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)D366-D371
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Aug 20


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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