This interdisciplinary project will incorporate the disciplines of Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering. However the project is specifically housed within the Hope College Department of Physics.
Some metals surfaces can be modified by the formation of an electroactive inorganic thin film on them. These derivatized metal surfaces have potential applications as high-density energy storage materials.
In this project, we will extend this idea by studying the formation process of electroactive inorganic films on electrodeposited metal alloys. We will fabricate these materials using electrochemistry and characterize their structure, elemental composition, and capactitive (energy storage) behavior. Students will learn to use and to interpret data from a number of different analysis tools. Structural and elemental analysis will be performed using the College’s scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy attachment and scanning probe microscope. The capacitive behavior of the materials will be measured using electrochemical techniques.