Electrochemistry of the Basal Plane versus Edge Plane of Graphite Revisited

Robert Dryfe, Peter Toth, Colin Woods, Konstantin Novoselov, Matej Velicky

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    The electrochemical activity of the basal plane and edge plane of graphite has long been a subject of an extensive debate. While significant advances have been made, several gaps still exist in our understanding of this issue, namely regarding the relative differences in the electrochemical activity of the perfect basal plane and perfect edge plane, and the dependence of measureable electrochemical quantities on the edge/defect density of the basal plane. In this work, we employ a micro-droplet electrochemical cell technique and atomic force microscopy to measure localized electrochemical properties of the graphitic surface with known edge coverage. The electron transfer rate, capacitance, and density of electronic states of the perfect basal plane and perfect edge plane are estimated and a qualitative model is proposed for the dependence of the electrochemical quantities on the defect density of the basal plane.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalThe Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C: Nanomaterials, Interfaces and Hard Matter
    Early online date17 Apr 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

    • National Graphene Institute


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