Humidity effect on nanoscale electrochemistry in solid silver ion conductors and the dual nature of its locality.

Abstract

Scanning probe microscopy (SPM) is a powerful tool to investigate electrochemistry in nanoscale volumes. While most SPM-based studies have focused on reactions at the tip-surface junction, charge and mass conservation requires coupled and intrinsically nonlocal cathodic and anodic processes that can be significantly affected by ambient humidity. Here, we explore the role of water in both cathodic and anodic processes, associated charge transport, and topographic volume changes depending on the polarity of tip bias. The first-order reversal curve current-voltage technique combined with simultaneous detection of the sample topography, referred to as FORC-IVz, was applied to a silver solid ion conductor. We found that the protons generated from water affect silver ionic conduction, silver particle formation and dissolution, and mechanical integrity of the material. This work highlights the dual nature (simultaneously local and nonlocal) of electrochemical SPM studies, which should be considered for comprehensive understanding of nanoscale electrochemistry.

DOI: 10.1021/nl5040286

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@article{Yang2015HumidityEO, title={Humidity effect on nanoscale electrochemistry in solid silver ion conductors and the dual nature of its locality.}, author={Sang Mo Yang and Evgheni Strelcov and Mariappan Parans Paranthaman and Alexander Tselev and Tae Won Noh and Sergei V. Kalinin}, journal={Nano letters}, year={2015}, volume={15 2}, pages={1062-9} }