"The focus of this dissertation is the electrodeposition and electrochemical reduction of epitaxial metal oxide thin films and superlattices. The electrochemical reduction of metal oxides to metals has been studied for decades as an alternative to pyrometallurgical processes for the metallurgy industry. However, the previous work was conducted on bulk polycrystalline metal oxides. Paper I in this dissertation shows that epitaxial face-centered cubic magnetite (Fe₃O₄) thin films can be electrochemically reduced to epitaxial body-centered cubic iron (Fe) thin films in aqueous solution on single-crystalline Au substrates at room temperature. This technique opens new possibilities to produce special epitaxial metal/metal oxide heterojunctions and a wide range of epitaxial metallic alloy films from the corresponding mixed metal oxides. Electrodeposition, like biomineralization, is a soft solution processing method which can produce functional materials with special properties onto conducting or semiconducting solid surfaces. Paper II in this dissertation presents the electrodeposition of cobalt-substituted magnetite (CoₓFe₃₋ₓO₄, 0
Switzer, Jay A., 1950-
Winiarz, Jeffrey G.
Ph. D. in Chemistry
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
United States. Department of Energy
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation
- Room-temperature electrochemical reduction of epitaxial magnetite films to epitaxial iron films
- Electrodeposition of CoxFe3-xO₄ epitaxial films and superlattices
- Electrodeposition of crystalline Co₃O₄ - a potent oxygen evolution catalyst
xii, 169 pages
© 2012 Zhen He, All rights reserved.
Dissertation - Open Access
Superlattices as materials
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He, Zhen, "Electrodeposition and electrochemical reduction of epitaxial metal oxide thin films and superlattices" (2012). Doctoral Dissertations. 1965.