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Surface Characterization Studies of Thiols as a Blocking Mechanism for Specific Adsorption for Application of Charge Selective Membrane Transport

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Damena D. Agonafer, Edward Chainani, Muhammed E. Oruc, Ki Sung Lee, Mark A. Shannon

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Paper No. HT2012-58573, pp. 795-799; 5 pages
  • ASME 2012 Heat Transfer Summer Conference collocated with the ASME 2012 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting and the ASME 2012 10th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • Volume 2: Heat Transfer Enhancement for Practical Applications; Fire and Combustion; Multi-Phase Systems; Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment; Low Temperature Heat Transfer; Computational Heat Transfer
  • Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, USA, July 8–12, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4478-6
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


This paper proposes the use of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) to measure characteristics of gold (Au)-coated membranes and their inherent limitations. In this work, the fabrication of a membrane permeate flow cell is described with the aim of subsequently studying the transport of ions through conductive polycarbonate track etched membrane (PCTE) by interrogating the system using EIS and CV measurements. In particular, we would like to ascertain the voltage range that can be applied to the Au-coated membrane without getting a considerable faradaic activity; the difference between platinum and Au electrode; the effects of different electrolyte concentrations and various applied DC potentials.

We extend our previous work done [1] by studying the differences of using a hrydroxyl and methyl terminated self assembled monolayer (SAM). We also extend the quality of the monolayer with respect to the amount of time in which the monolayer is grown. Finally, finding the voltage in which a ‘defect free’ monolayer transforms from insulative to ‘leaky’ behavior extends a detailed analysis of the critical voltage of an alkane thiol.

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