Ionic Liquid-Solid Interfaces

Hua Li, Timo Carstens, Aaron Elbourne, Natalia Borisenko, René Gustus, Frank Endres, Rob Atkin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapterpeer-review


The interfacial structure of ionic liquids (ILs) at electrode interfaces governs the performances in both charge transfer and mass transfer processes. A wide variety of studies using, for example, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and in situ scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), as well as X-ray reflectivity and the surface force apparatus (SFA), have shown that ILs form multilayers with oscillating charge densities profiles on solid surfaces. This chapter primarily focuses on AFM and STM measurements due to their capacity to probe both lateral and normal interfacial nanostructures. The interfacial structure of ILs at the highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) interface has drawn great attention due to the desire to understand solvation of nanotubes, graphene, fullerene, and various electrochemical applications in supercapacitors and so on. The chapter talks about the application of surface-sensitive techniques (photoelectron spectroscopy (PS) or ultrahigh vacuum (UHV)-STM) to study the thin molecular films of ILs deposited onto a well-defined substrate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectrodeposition from Ionic Liquids
EditorsFrank Endres, Andrew Abbott, Douglas MacFarlane
Place of PublicationWeinheim, Germany
PublisherWiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783527682720, 9783527682737
ISBN (Print)9783527336029
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Ionic Liquid-Solid Interfaces'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this