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Structure of [C4mpyr][NTf2] Room-Temperature Ionic Liquid at Charged Gold Interfaces

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posted on 15.05.2012, 00:00 by Yansen Lauw, Michael D. Horne, Theo Rodopoulos, Vera Lockett, Bulent Akgun, William A. Hamilton, Andrew R. J. Nelson
The structure of 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium bis­(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)­imide ([C4mpyr]­[NTf2]) room-temperature ionic liquid at an electrified gold interface was studied using neutron reflectometry, cyclic voltammetry, and differential capacitance measurements. Subtle differences were observed between the reflectivity data collected on a gold electrode at three different applied potentials. Detailed analysis of the fitted reflectivity data reveals an excess of [C4mpyr]+ at the interface, with the amount decreasing at increasingly positive potentials. A cation rich interface was found even at a positively charged electrode, which indicates a nonelectrostatic (specific) adsorption of [C4mpyr]+ onto the gold electrode.