Electrochemical surface oxidation in acidic solutions was investigated on a boron-doped diamond film electrode, fabricated on a silicon prism, using attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy. At positive potentials above +1.3 V (reversible hydrogen electrode, RHE), the bands of surface oxygen species appear at 1745 and 1250 cm-1. Since these bands exhibit no isotope shift in deuterium solution, they are assigned to the C=O and C-O stretching modes, respectively. These bands have the maximum intensity at +3.3 V (RHE) and reversibly disappear around +0.9 V (RHE) in the potential step to the negative direction. The potentials at which the bands appear and disappear are identical to those of the anodic and cathodic peaks of the cyclic voltammogram, respectively.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films