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Advances in Electrochemical Science and Engineering by Richard C. Alkire, Dieter M. Kolb

By Richard C. Alkire, Dieter M. Kolb

Quantity 7 within the well-established sequence "Advances in Electrochemical technology and Engineering" covers - between others - vital themes on electrodeposition. As in all earlier volumes, the editors have succeeded in picking out hugely topical components of electrochemical study and in providing authors who're leaders of their fields. the result's a compelling set of studies which serves both good as an exceptional and updated resource of data for knowledgeable researchers lively within the box in addition to an creation for novices. From studies of the former volumes: 'This is an important ebook for researchers in electrochemistry; it covers parts of either primary and useful significance, with reports of top quality. the cloth is particularly good provided and the alternative of subject matters displays a balanced editorial coverage that's welcomed.' The Analyst 'All the contributions during this quantity are good as much as the normal of this wonderful sequence and may be of serious price to electrochemists... The editors back need to be congratulated in this positive number of reviews.' magazine of Electroanalytical Chemistry and Interfacial Chemistry '...competently and obviously written.' Berichte der Bunsen- Gesellschaft fur Physikalische Chemie

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The main drawback is the possibility of 3-D growth, which can be hard to identify with very thin deposits. Alternatively, the rinse solution may not be important. Some high quality CdTe ®lms were formed in this group without using a separate rinse solution. That is, the reactant solutions were exchanged by each other, under potential control, suggesting some small amount of codeposition probably did occur. The amount of electrolyte needed in a rinse solution depends on current ¯ow during the rinse.

In addition, shifting the pH to 10 has a similar result, as the Cd 2‡ /Cd equilibrium shifts negatively with pH. Thus maintaining the same potential and increasing the pH results in stripping of some of the Cd formed at pH 4. 3 27 Additives The history of electrodeposition involves control of deposit structure and morphology using additives. These can be things as simple as chloride, sul®des and glycerol, complex organic compounds, or traces of other metals. In EC-ALE, it is desirable to control the structure and morphology of deposits using surface limited reactions, not additives.

If bubbles are present, even temporarily, they can leave their shadow in the deposit, as areas where less deposit was formed. If the gasket is not smooth, or something gets in the way of part of the inlet or outlet, the deposit quickly develops a ¯ow pattern. Detailed studies have not yet been performed exploring the relationship between ¯ow rates, cell design and 34 John L. Stickney ¯ow patterns, but it is clear from experience that the more laminar the ¯ow the more homogeneous the deposit. CdTe, for example, is sensitive to ¯ow rate, and a study of the dependence on ¯ow rate is underway.

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