Electrochemical and electrical behavior of (111)-oriented Si surfaces alkoxylated through oxidative activation of Si-H bonds

Joel A. Haber, Iver Lauermann, David Michalak, Thomas P. Vaid, Nathan S Lewis

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The reaction chemistry of H-terminated (111)-oriented Si surfaces has been explored in the presence of one-electron oxidants in alcohol solvents. Similar chemistry was observed for Si surfaces exposed to methanolic solutions of ferrocenium tetrafluoroborate or to methanolic solutions of I2, as well as for Si electrodes that were subjected to anodic electrochemical oxidation processes in methanol. Oxidation in alcohols activates the surficial Si-H bond toward nucleophilic attack, producing alkoxylated surfaces. This mechanism for Si-H activation is supported by infrared spectroscopy, temperature-programmed desorption spectroscopy, and by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies of this system. These data explain a variety of observations regarding the surface chemistry and electrochemistry of Si electrodes and surfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9947-9950
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Engineering(all)

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