Title

Electrodeposition of Epitaxial Co(OH)2 on Gold and Conversion to Epitaxial CoOOH and Co3O4

Abstract

An electrodeposition method for growing epitaxial Co(OH)2 films on single crystalline gold (111), (100), and (110) substrates is described. The films were grown by electrochemical reduction of [Co(en)3]3+ in an alkaline electrolyte. The Co(OH)2 grew with a [0001] out-of-plane orientation on all the gold crystal orientations. The in-plane orientation follows the symmetry of the gold (111), (100), and (110) substrates. The Co(OH)2 can be converted to CoOOH by electrochemical oxidation in 1 M KOH at 95 °C, and after conversion remains epitaxial with a [0001] out-of-plane orientation. The CoOOH film can be further converted to epitaxial Co3O4 with a [111] out-of-plane orientation by decomposition of the CoOOH film in air at 300 °C. This synthesis method allows for a simple fabrication of epitaxial catalysts and could be useful to probe the catalytic activity of specific crystal planes.

Department(s)

Chemistry

Keywords and Phrases

Catalyst activity; Crystal orientation; Electrochemical oxidation; Electrodeposition; Electrodes; Electrolytes; Electrolytic reduction; Epitaxial growth; Film growth; Gold; Thin films; Alkaline electrolytes; Crystal planes; Electrochemical reductions; Electrodeposition methods; In-plane orientation; Out-of-plane orientation; Single-crystalline; Synthesis method; Cobalt

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0884-2914

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2016 Cambridge University Press, All rights reserved.

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