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Synthesis and Electrochemical Analysis of Transition Metal Complexes with Various Functionalities for Surface Modification

Posted May 13, 2010

It is possible to functionalize various surfaces by attaching various different types of organic ligands to them. The organic ligands are able to form complexes with transition metals, and an electrode composed of the surface material in question is placed into a solution containing a low concentration of the aforementioned metal complex. The interactions of various ligands with metal and carbon surfaces can be analyzed electrochemically, and in this manner the rate at which these ligands adhere to the surface, based on varying concentration, can be examined.