Electrolysis at an anthracene crystal/aqueous NO3- solution interface: The role of crystal defects

M. Pope, B. Mao, J. Steigman, N. E. Geacintov

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The electrolysis of a 1 M solution of NaNO3 by means of an anthracene crystal electrode results in the production of many surface reaction products, including 9-nitroanthracene (9NA), bianthronyl (BA), and anthraquinone (AQ). The production of 9NA and BA have been shown to depend on the square of the current density. This dependence was rationalized by hypothesizing the need for the simultaneous discharge of two carriers at adjoining lattice defect sites. By annealing the crystals, it was found that the efficiency of producing 9NA was reduced by a factor of as much as 6; this supports the hypothesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1719-1720
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of physical chemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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