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Advanced electrode materials by Ashutosh Tiwari, Filiz Kuralay, Lokman Uzun

By Ashutosh Tiwari, Filiz Kuralay, Lokman Uzun

This ebook covers the new advances in electrode fabrics and their novel functions on the cross-section of complex fabrics. The ebook is split into sections: cutting-edge electrode fabrics; and engineering of utilized electrode fabrics. The chapters care for electrocatalysis for power conversion in view of bionanotechnology; surfactant-free fabrics and polyoxometalates throughout the options of biosensors to renewable strength functions; mesoporous carbon, diamond, accomplishing polymers and tungsten oxide/conducting polymer-based electrodes and hybrid systems.  quite a few methods are reviewed for lithium batteries, gasoline cells, the layout and building of anode for microbial gasoline cells together with phosphate polyanion electrodes, electrocatalytic fabrics, gasoline mobile reactions, undertaking polymer established hybrid nanocomposites and complicated nanomaterials.

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4). N-doping is carried out especially when the preparation of nanocrystalline diamond is required, because the presence of nitrogen in the gas phase is found to act on the nucleation step, leading to reduced sizes of the crystallites forming the layers. The adding of N2 to hydrogen-poor feeding gases allowed the Argonne group to produce the so-called ultra-nanocrystalline diamond (UNCD) films where diamond grains with sizes in the range 2–5 nm are associated to highly conductive inclusions, resulting in systems with good conductivity along the whole layers [25, 26].

The doping processes are indeed not only able to modulate the conductivity but also to modify the structural composition of the material, increasing in some cases the amount of sp2 carbon and reducing the potential window. Anyway, the results of the studies carried out in the 1990s highlighted the net advantages of the use of diamond electrodes instead of conventional carbon-based electrodes and opened the way to present and future applications. Electroanalysis, electrocatalysis, spectroelectrochemistry, and bioelectrochemistry are areas of electrochemistry in which diamond thin films, both microcrystalline and nanocrystalline, are being successfully researched.

Acknowledgments The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support from the Wroclaw University of Science and Technology. References 1. , Advanced carbon electrode materials for molecular electro­ chemistry, Chem. Rev. 108, 2646, 2008. 2. , The sp 2 Nanocarbons: Prototypes for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology – Raman Spectroscopy in Graphene Related Systems. WILEY-VCH Verlag, Weinheim, 2011. 3. , Suzuki, T. Carbon nanowire made of a long linear carbon chain inserted inside a multiwalled carbon nanotube.

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