Scanning probe electrochemistry for sustainable energy researchLatest updated: December 22, 2020
With increasing commitments to reduce carbon emissions, the use of sustainable energy solutions, like photovoltaics, fuel cells, and batteries, has grown. Continued growth requires further research on existing and novel systems. One family of techniques poised to help with this work is scanning probe electrochemistry, which allows the local electrochemical activity of a sample to be directly measured and visualized.
Techniques including Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM), Scanning Kelvin Probe (SKP), and Scanning Vibrating Electrode Technique (SVET), have all been used in such research. Using scanning probe electrochemistry the effect of heterogeneity on battery and supercapacitor materials can be better understood, catalytic materials for novel fuel cells can be screened, and the work function of novel photovoltaic materials can be determined.
Learn more about how scanning probe electrochemistry can be used in sustainable energy research in our latest presentation “Applications of scanning probe electrochemistry – Sustainable Energy”.
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