The electro-oxidation of dimethylamine borane: Part 2, in situ FTIR on single-crystal gold electrodes

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  • Leiden University
  • Leiden Institute of Chemistry


Dimethylamine borane (DMAB) electro-oxidation in alkaline media was studied using static and rotating gold single-crystal electrodes in the hanging-meniscus configuration. DMAB oxidation showed a strong sensitivity towards surface structure on gold electrodes. In situ Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy revealed that the potential-dependent cleavage of the B-N bond is one of the initial steps of the oxidation process. FTIR also showed that dimethylamine is oxidised in the potential range of gold oxide formation.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7637-7643
Number of pages7
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2011


  • DMAB oxidation, Electroless deposition, FTIR, Reducing agent, Single-crystal gold electrodes