Nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann theory of a double layer at a rough metal/electrolyte interface: A new look at the capacitance data on solid electrodes

L. I. Daikhin, A. A. Kornyshev, M. Urbakh

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Abstract

Nonlinear Poisson-Boltzmann theory is developed to extend our previous work [Phys. Rev. E 53, 6192 (1996)] on the case when the potential drop across the double layer is not small compared to the thermal energy. Close to the potentials of zero charge (pzc) the effect of surface roughness on the double-layer capacitance is mainly determined by an interplay between the lateral correlation length of roughness and the Debye length. However, far from the pzc dramatic effects of electrode potential are found which are not reduced to the potential-induced shortening of the diffuse layer thickness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1715-1723
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume108
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 22 Jan 1998

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