Seriatim ECSTM-ECPMIRS of the adsorption of carbon monoxide on Cu(100) in alkaline solution at CO2-reduction potentials

Jack H. Baricuatro, Youn Geun Kim, Carol L. Korzeniewski, Manuel P. Soriaga

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It was recently demonstrated that the sequential or seriatim application of electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy (ECSTM) and differential electrochemical mass spectrometry (DEMS) enables the correlation, under actual reaction conditions, of a specific structure on a Cu electrode surface with the generation of a particular CO-reduction product. As an extension of the operando hyphenated-technique approach, we paired ECSTM with electrochemical polarization-modulation IR reflection-absorption spectroscopy (ECPMIRS) to identify a delineating potential that affected the coverage, the molecular orientation, and the adlattice structure of CO adsorbed on Cu(100) in 0.1 M KOH under CO2-reduction conditions. The results may have significant ramifications on the theory-based reaction mechanism for the formation of C2 compounds, as well as insights into the mode of coordination between CO and zerovalent Cu.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalElectrochemistry Communications
StatePublished - Jun 2018


  • Electrochemical reduction of CO in alkaline solution
  • Operando electrode-surface nanoscopy
  • Operando molecular vibrational spectroscopy
  • Potential-dependent CO adsorption on Cu(100)
  • Seriatim ECSTM-ECPMIRS


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