The surface conductivity at the diamond/aqueous electrolyte interface

Jose A. Garrido, Andreas Härtl, Markus Dankerl, Andreas Reitinger, Martin Eickhoff, Andreas Helwig, Gerhard Müller, Martin Stutzmann

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We investigate the origin of the surface conductivity of H-terminated diamond films immersed in aqueous electrolyte. We demonstrate that in contrast to the in air situation, charge transfer across the diamond interface does not govern the surface conductivity in aqueous electrolyte when a gate electrode controls the diamond/electrolyte interfacial potential. Instead, this almost ideally polarizable interface allows the capacitive charging of the surface. This description resolves the observed disagreement of the pH sensitivity of the diamond surface conductivity in air and in aqueous electrolyte.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4177-4181
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number12
StatePublished - 26 Mar 2008


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