Copper deposition on metallic and non-metallic single particles via impact electrochemistry

Abiola V. Oladeji, James M. Courtney, Neil V. Rees*

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This study demonstrates the possibility of depositing metals onto low-metal content particles via impact electrochemistry, a technique used to measure transient current signals (electrochemical impacts) produced from the collision between particles moving under Brownian motion and a potentiostated interface (Rees, 2014; Markham et al., 2020; Zhang and Zhou, 2020). The deposition of copper onto the surface of fly-ash cenospheres via electrochemical impacts is reported, along with its deposition onto silver and gold nanoparticles. A comparison with linear sweep voltammetry confirmed that impact signals correlated with deposition potentials (bulk and underpotential deposition). Reductive impact events were observed at potentials negative of −0.3 V (for Ag) and −0.1 V (for Au) (vs. MSE), with evidence for a change in coverage of deposition from ca. 103% at −0.1 V to 261% at −0.8 V vs. MSE for Au. Cenospheres were shown to be sufficiently electrochemically active to facilitate copper deposition, either on modified electrodes or showing transient impact spikes indicating copper deposition, which was confirmed via SEM/EDX and ICP-MS analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number139838
Number of pages9
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Early online date3 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was funded by the Leverhulme Trust (RPG-2019–146), and additionally AVO thanks the EPSRC CDT for fuel cells and their fuels (EP/G037116/1) for a studentship. The authors thank Prof. N.A. Rowson and Dr. R. Sommerville for XRF spectroscopy, Dr C. Stark for assistance with ICP-MS, and Dr. C. Stoppiello (University of Nottingham) for discussions on XPS.


  • Copper deposition
  • Fly-ash cenospheres
  • Impact electrochemistry
  • Underpotential deposition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry


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