Electrochemical oxidative adsorption of ethanethiolate on Ag(111)

David W. Hatchett, Keith J. Stevenson, William B. Lacy, Joel M. Harris, Henry S. White

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The electrochemical deposition of ethanethiolate monolayers on Ag(111) has been investigated by in-situ surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM), and voltammetric methods. In aqueous 0.2 M NaOH solutions containing 5 mM ethanethiolate, the voltammetric response at Ag(111) displays two well-resolved surface waves with half-wave potentials (E( 1/4 )) of -1.17 and -0.95 V vs Ag/AgCl. The two-wave voltammetric response suggests a mechanism of monolayer deposition that consists of two energetically distinct reaction steps, a conclusion supported by in-situ SERS and EQCM measurements of the potential-dependent adsorption isotherm. The voltammetric wave located at more negative potentials (E( 1/4 ) = -1.17 V) has a nearly ideal Nernstian shape and is associated with the initial rapid oxidative adsorption of ethanethiolate at submonolayer coverage. The second wave at more positive potentials (E( 1/4 ) = -0.95 V) corresponds to additional, but kinetically slower, oxidative adsorption of ethanethiolate resulting in an essentially complete monolayer (~7.8 x 10-10 mol/cm2). The slower kinetics associated with this wave, as well as general features of the wave shape, suggest that structural ordering of the monolayer occurs during the second oxidation. A thermodynamic expression for the dependence of E( 1/4 ) on the bulk solution concentration of ethanethiolate is derived and employed to determine the number of electrons transferred, n = 1.06 ± 0.06 per molecule of ethanethiolate adsorbed on the Ag(111) surface. A value of n = 0.90 ± 0.14 has also been independently determined by EQCM and coulometric measurements of the mass adsorbed and electrical charge consumed respectively, during monolayer deposition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6596-6606
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 1997
Externally publishedYes


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