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Scanning probe electrochemistry for materials research

Latest updated: June 2, 2023

Scanning probe electrochemistry is a family of techniques that measures the local electrochemical activity of a sample.


Of particular interest in materials research are Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM) and Scanning Kelvin Probe (SKP). These techniques have found use in materials research for a number of reasons. The effect of local heterogeneities on the electrochemical activity of a material is often difficult or impossible to obtain from bulk measurements.


SECM and SKP can be used to measure samples that are otherwise difficult to prepare for bulk measurements. Finally, as materials discovery can require the investigation of a vast number of sample compositions, SECM and SKP offer a method of high throughput screening of chemical libraries, reducing the screening time required.


Find out more about the application of scanning probe electrochemistry in materials research in our latest presentation “Applications of scanning probe electrochemistry – Materials”





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