A method is herein described that allows spatially resolved capacitive currents at electrodelelectrolyte interfaces to be recorded in situ by monitoring the ohmic drop in the electrolyte, Δφsol, using two microreference electrodes. Measurements were performed in 0.1 M H 2SO4 aqueous solutions using Au and Pt either as single or dual working electrodes, that is, connected to one another, in an otherwise conventional three-electrode electrochemical cell. Plots of Δφ sol versus E, the potential of the dual AuIPt electrode with respect to the main reference electrode, recorded during voltammetric cycles, yielded curves bearing features characteristic of the Au|0.1 M H2SO 4 or Pt|0.1 M H2SO4 interface depending on whether the microreference electrodes were placed close to the Au or Pt electrode surface, respectively. Extensions of this methodology to measurements in the micrometer domain are discussed briefly.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films