|True Reference Electrode||Yes- drift rate less than 0.1 mV/min|
|True Counter Electrode||Yes|
|Counter Electrode Material||User’s choice of material|
|Electrolytes||Aqueous, Wide range of organics*|
|Spacer range||100nm to 2 um*|
|EELS/ EDS Compatible||Yes|
|TEM Compatibility||TFS/FEI, JEOL, Hitachi|
Model Baseline Electrochemistry – Ferrocyanide/Ferricyanide Redox
The Generation V liquid-electrochemistry in-situ TEM holder uses a completely newly developed hardware system and optimized electrochemistry chips with configuration of working electrode (WE), counter electrode (CE) and reference electrode (RE) that for the first time replicate bulk electrochemical conditions in-situ in the TEM . This was validated using several model electrochemical systems.
We performed cyclic voltammetry studies in a model 20 mM K3(Fe(CN)6/20 mM K4Fe(CN)6 in 0.1M KCl solutions. The redox reaction of 20 mM ferrocyanide/ 20 mM ferricyanide in 0.1M KCl at different voltage scans show reversible electrode reaction during both the forward and reverse scans, elucidating bulk behavior. The corresponding electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements shows lower capacitive current, and better signal-to-noise ratio with the lower concentration of solution.
Left image: Top shows CV cycle performed at various potential scan rates – 20 mV/s and 100 mV/s. Bottom shows the corresponding EIS spectrum.
HBS internal data obtained in collaboration with William C. Chueh group at Stanford University.Edit
Model Baseline Electrochemistry – Cu Electrodeposition
To validate the performance of the Generation V Bulk Electrochemistry holder, we also perform TEM copper electrodeposition and compare the behavior with the beaker level bulk data.
A cyclic voltammetry (CV) study of a model compound 0.1 M CuSO4 showing plating and stripping of copper has been presented here. The copper plating and stripping occur at the Pt working electrode at distinct redox peaks and the result replicate the bulk electrochemical cells with large electrode areas and larger volume of electrolyte solution.
Image Left: Comparison of CV curves between in-situ TEM and bulk reference data.Edit
Hummingbird Scientific was the first to sell a commercial liquid-electrochemical TEM holder in 2008. With the release of the Generation V in-situ bulk electrochemical TEM specimen holder, we are now providing the first and only in-situ holder that can accurately replicate bulk electrochemistry behavior of a wide range of liquid-electrochemical systems in-situ. The holder can measure bulk level electrochemistry data in-situ using up to six electrodes, a wide range of bulk materials on the CE, and a variety of real reference electrode options for various electroanalytical modes of operation.
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How It Works
The new Generation V liquid-electrochemistry holder is the first ever liquid solution for TEM with capabilities allowing true reference and counter electrodes performance for electroanalytical measurements. The stability of the electrodes with little or no interference with the working electrodes allows superior performance and accuracy in the readings during the electroanalytical measurements.
The comparison of cyclic voltammetry data between a typical standard liquid holder and newest generation of liquid-electrochemistry holder shows remarkable improvement in the latter with distinct and consistent redox peaks over two cycles in a plating experiment (Figure on the left). The quality of data in the Generation V liquid-electrochemistry holder matches the performance of the standard beaker electrochemistry.Read MoreEdit
Careful preparation of your samples and system are essential for effective use of environmental holders. A critical component of any holder system is a high-vacuum leak check station.
Our high-vacuum pumping station is a compact, all-in-one vacuum storage and seal-checking mechanism for TEM specimen holders. The station features short pumping and venting times, a low base pressure (<1e-6 mbar), and a glass viewing port for the holder tip.Read MoreEdit
Replicating bulk electrochemistry experiments in-situ in the TEM
Hummingbird Scientific’s newest Generation V Bulk in-situ liquid-electrochemistry holder allows researchers for the first time to fully replicate bulk-level electrochemical details inside the transmission electron microscope. A newly developed hardware system allows quantitative measurements of electrochemical processes with details showing the complete cycle of the bulk.
As an illustration, a cyclic voltammetry (CV) study of a model compound CuSO4 solution showing plating and stripping of copper from the active electrode has been presented here. The copper plating and stripping occurs at the working electrode, replicating actual bulk behavior.
The new Hummingbird Scientific’s liquid-cell hardware and cells allows, for the first time, for replication of bulk-level data in TEM.
Video Right: In-situ liquid cell TEM copper plating and stripping from CuSO4 solution. Inset shows corresponding CV curve representing the video.
HBS internal data obtained in collaboration with Rui Filipe Serra Maia and Eric Stach at the University of Pennsylvania.Edit
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