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Development and Applications of Nanofabricated Electrodes for Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy

Xiong, Hui (2008) Development and Applications of Nanofabricated Electrodes for Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Over the last decade, dramatic progresses in fabrication and synthesis of nanomaterials have enabled reproducible and controlled production of nanometer-sized structures with desired size, shape, physical and chemical properties. Nanostructures created in this fashion are essential building blocks of complex nanosystems for various applications. In particular, electronically conductive nanostructures are attractive candidates as electrode materials for both fundamental studies and electrochemical applications in fields such as sensors, energy storage, functional molecular electronic devices, and electrocatalysis.In my Ph.D. work, I explored frontiers in nanoscale electrochemistry utilizing novel electrode systems based on conductive nanostructures with shape and size controlled by advanced nanofabrication/synthesis methods. Specifically, I developed a new methodology based on scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) to discover that an individual one-dimensional nanostructure such as a metal nanoband and a single-walled carbon nanotube serves as a highly reactive electrode. This discovery is of great importance for future applications of the novel nanomaterials. Moreover, by integrating modern nanofabrication methods, I created nanometer-sized electrodes with controlled size and geometry. The significance of this achievement is that better spatial resolution will be obtainable by utilizing these nanofabricated electrodes as probes of SECM.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Xiong, Huihux4@pitt.eduHUX4
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairAmemiya, Shigeruamemiya@pitt.eduAMEMIYA
Committee MemberMichael, Adrianamichael@pitt.eduAMICHAEL
Committee MemberYun, Minheeyunmh@engr.pitt.eduMIY16
Committee MemberWeber, Stephensweber@imap.pitt.eduSWEBER
Date: 29 January 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 5 December 2007
Approval Date: 29 January 2008
Submission Date: 4 December 2007
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Chemistry
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: nanofabricated electrode; SECM
Other ID:, etd-12042007-153227
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:08
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:53


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