Infrared Spectroscopy of Thin Organic Films Adsorbed at a Gold Electrode Surface

Monday, May 12, 2014: 14:00
Floridian Ballroom F, Lobby Level (Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek)
J. Lipkowski (University of Guelph)
This lecture will review our research involving IR spectroscopy at the solid –liquid interface. After a brief review of basic principles of IR spectroscopy and the laws of reflection of light at interfaces, three methods of Infrared Reflection Absorption Spectroscopy (IRRAS) will be described. The first is subtractively normalized interfacial Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (SNIFTIRS) or in short potential difference IR spectroscopy. This technique finds application to study reversible adsorption of soluble molecules at electrode surfaces. The methods of optimisation of the SNIFTIRS experiment will be discussed. Its application will be illustrated by the case of adsorption of a soluble surfactant such as sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) at a gold electrode surface.1 The second technique to measure IR spectra at interfaces is the photon polarization modulation infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (PM IRRAS). This technique is used to study films of insoluble molecules a various interfaces. I will discuss application of this technique to study model biological membranes supported at a gold electrode surface.2 The third technique is the surface enhanced infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (SEIRAS). It is performed using attenuated total internal reflection (ATR) element covered by nanoparticles of gold. The intensity of the IR signal is then enhanced by a factor of 100. In addition, since the film of metal nanoparticles is conductive it is used to study phenomena at electrified interfaces. I will describe application of this technique to study structure of water in model biological membrane supported at a gold electrode surface.3 I will emphasize complementarity of SEIRAS and PMIRRAS in application to bio-electrochemical  research.


1.Jay Leitch, John Collins, K. Andreas Friedrich, Ulrich Stimming, John R. Dutcher, Jacek Lipkowski “Infrared Studies of the Potential Controlled Adsorption of Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate at the Au(111) Electrode Surface”, Langmuir, 2012,28,2455-2464.

2. Jacek Lipkowski, “Building model biomimetic membrane at a gold electrode surface”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010,12,13874-13887.

3. Taro Uchida, Masatoshi Osawa and Jacek Lipkowski, “SEIRAS studies of water structure at the gold electrode surface in the presence of supported lipid bilayer”, J.Electroanal.Chem. DOI:10.1016/j.jelechem.2013.10.015