The Quartz Crystal Microbalance as a Tool for the Study of a "Liquidlike Layer" at the Ice/Metal Interface

Vladimir Tsionsky*, Leonid Daikhin, Dmitrij Zagidulin, Michael Urbakh, Eliezer Gileadi

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Abstract

The admittance of the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) was used to study properties of a liquidlike layer (LLL) at the gold/frozen electrolyte interface. It was shown that in a certain range of temperature, below the melting point, the resonance of the QCM is readily detectable suggesting the presence of a LLL. Treatment of the experimental data within the framework of the models proposed here allowed us to conclude that, depending on the temperature, the LLL exists in two states: at temperatures above -4 °C, it can be considered as a viscous liquid, while at lower temperatures down to -7 °C, it behaves as a viscoelastic medium. Data handling enabled us to evaluate the temperature dependence of the thickness of the LLL, which increases from a few tens of nanometers at -7 °C up to ca. 200 nm at -1 °C in the systems studied here (aqueous solutions of 0.1 M Na2SO4 and 0.1 M HClO4).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12485-12491
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume107
Issue number45
DOIs
StatePublished - 13 Nov 2003

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