Characterization of diffusion-controlled mass transport through nanoporous and nanothin films plasma polymerized on a sputtered platinum electrode

Hitoshi Muguruma, Nobuaki Itazu, Satoshi Miura

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We demonstrate the diffusion mode of various redox chemical species through a plasma-polymerized nanothin coating with nanometer-sized pores on a sputtered platinum (Pt) electrode. In this work, hexamethyldisiloxane plasma-polymerized films (PPFs) were added onto the sputtered platinum film, both of which were sequentially deposited in the same vacuum chamber. Results of atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and electrochemical studies showed that the PPF provided the platinum electrode with a coating with a complete surface coverage. Sub-nanometer-sized pores (less than 1 nm) responsible for a highly crosslinked polymer network in the PPF coatings offered diffusivity-controlled permeation of redox molecules (i.e., size-exclusivity) rather than solubility-controlled permeation (i.e., chemoselectivity). Consequently, variation of the plasma power could give control over the size of the nanometer-sized cavities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18839-18845
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Oct 13


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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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