Effective activation of physically small carbon electrodes by n-butylsilane reduction

Shajahan Siraj, Christopher R. McRae, Danny K Y Wong*

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In this work, we report a simple, effective activation of structurally small carbon electrodes by forming an H-terminated carbon surface using n-butylsilane reduction. The electrode surface modification was confirmed by electrochemistry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Cyclic voltammetry of [Ru(NH3)6]3+ at these hydrogenated carbon electrodes yielded sigmoidal-shaped cyclic voltammograms with minimal charging current. They also exhibited superb stability after one-week storage in air or citrate/phosphate buffer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-41
Number of pages7
JournalElectrochemistry Communications
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


  • Conical-tip carbon microelectrodes
  • Electrode activation
  • Reduction
  • Hydrogenated carbon electrodes
  • Hexaamineruthenium(III) reduction
  • Cyclic voltammetry


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