The physical and chemical characterization of electrochemically reformed silver surfaces

John F. Evans, M. Grant Albrecht, Dale M. Ullevig, Robert M. Hexter

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The effects of electrochemically oxidizing and reducing polycrystalline silver foils in aqueous chloride solutions are studied from a physical and chemical standpoint. Scanning electron microscopy indicates that the resulting surface is rough, consisting of nodular formations. Auger electron spectroscopic, secondary ion mass spectrometric and electrochemical results provide clear indication that a highly purified layer of metallic silver of increased surface area and activity is produced by the electrochemical reformation process. No evidence is found for the retention of intense Raman scatterers such as pyridine at these surfaces under ultrahigh vacuum conditions. The implications of the chemical and physical state of the reformed silver foils are discussed in the context of theories which have been proposed to explain the anomalously intense Raman spectra of scatterers adsorbed from solution onto these reformed silver surfaces. The origin of the 240 cm-1 Raman line commonly observed on electrochemically reformed silver is discussed and assigned to the Ag-Cl- stretching mode.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-234
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
Issue numberC
StatePublished - Jan 25 1980

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This research was supported in part by the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Army Research Office, the Donors of the Petroleum Research Fund, administered by the American Chemical Society, the International Business Machines Corporation, and the Graduate School, University of Minnesota.

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