Long distance electron transfer at the metal/alkanethiol/ionic liquid interface

Victoria A. Nikitina, Alexander V. Rudnev, Galina A. Tsirlina, Thomas Wandlowski

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The rate constants of simple electron transfer (ET) reactions in room temperature ionic liquids (ILs) available now are rather high, typically at the edge of experimental accuracy. To consider ET phenomena in these media in view of theory developed earlier for molecular solvents, it is crucial to provide quantitative comparison of experimental kinetic data for certain reactions. We report this comparison for ferrocene/ferrocenium reaction. The ET distance is fixed by Au surface modification by alkanethiol self-assembled monolayers, which were characterized by in situ scanning tunneling microscopy. The dependence of ln kapp on barrier thickness in the range of ca. 6-20 Å is linear, with a slope typical for the same plots in aqueous media. This result confirms diabatic mode of Fc oxidation at long distance. The data for shorter ET distances point to the adiabatic regime of ET at a bare gold surface, although more detailed computational studies are required to justify this conclusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15970-15977
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


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