Doctoral Dissertations


"This dissertation investigates the electrodeposition of metal oxide films and biomaterial deposits on polycrystalline and single crystal substrates. Paper I describes the mechanisms and the characterization of an electrodeposited polycrystalline insulator, ceria (CeO₂), on Hastelloy substrates produced by the electrochemical oxidation of Ce(III) acetate complexes. In Paper II, epitaxial films of magnetite (Fe₃O₄) and ferrihydrite (Fe₁₀O₁₄(OH)₂) are deposited on gold single crystals. Paper III reports the electrodeposition of epitaxial Fe₃O₄ and zinc ferrite (ZnFe₂O₄) periodic nanostructures known as superlattices by pulsing between two potentials. Papers IV and V describe chiral electrodeposition. In Paper IV, epitaxial, chiral orientations of cupric oxide (CuO) are electrodeposited on Au(001) single crystals. In Paper V, chiral morphologies of the biomaterial calcite (CaCO₃) are electrochemically deposited on stainless steel substrates. In both chiral electrodeposition studies, the chirality of these materials is controlled by the enantiomer in solution.

The first two appendices of this dissertation cover morphology and x-ray diffraction characterization. The third appendix has supplementary information from the calcite paper (Paper V) followed by unpublished biomineralization results"--Abstract, page iv.


Switzer, Jay A., 1950-

Committee Member(s)

Blum, Frank D.
Leventis, Nicholas
Sinn, Ekkehard
Miller, F. Scott, 1956-



Degree Name

Ph. D. in Chemistry


National Science Foundation (U.S.)
AstraZeneca (Firm)
Foundation for Chemical Research
United States. Department of Energy


Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Electrodeposition of nanometer-thick ceria films by oxidation of cerium(III)-acetate
  • Electrodeposition of magnetite films and ferrihydrite nanoribbons on single-crystal gold
  • Epitaxial electrodeposition of ferrite superlattices on Au(111).
  • Enantiospecific electrodeposition of chiral CuO films from copper(II) complexes of tartaric and amino acids on single-crystal Au(001)
  • Electrochemical biomineralization: the deposition of calcite with chiral morphologies


xvii, 261 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references.


© 2009 Elizabeth Ann Kulp, All rights reserved.

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Subject Headings

Metallic oxides
Metallic films -- Electric properties
Chromogenic compounds

Thesis Number

T 10167

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