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November 2014

Molecular Structure of Water at Gold Electrodes Revealed

Scientific Achievement

A team utilizing three Berkeley Lab user facilities have developed a method to look at the molecules next to an electrode's surface, as well as determine how their arrangement changes depending on the voltage. 

Significance and Impact

Combining experimental and theoretical approaches enables a fundamental understanding of electrochemical reactions, with applications in electrocatalysis, photochemistry, and energy storage.

Research Details

J. J. Velasco-Velez, C. H. Wu, T. A. Pascal, L. F. Wan, J. Guo, D. Prendergast & M. Salmeron. Science 2014 [epub].