Electrochemical properties of atomic-scale metal wires

Bingqian Xu, Huixin He, Salah Boussaad, Nongjian J. Tao

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We have fabricated atomic-scale metal wires with quantized conductance in electrolytes and studied double layer charging, anionic adsorption and surface stress effects on the quantum transport in the wires. In the double layer charging regime, the conductance changes linearly with the potential, which can be attributed to a change in the amount of electron spill-out of the wire. A large change in the potential results in a substantial stress in the wires, causing atoms in the wires to rearrange. Upon anionic adsorption, the conductance decreases due to the scattering of conduction electrons by the adsorbed anions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3085-3091
Number of pages7
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Issue number20-22
Publication statusPublished - Sep 30 2003
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry


  • Anionic adsorption
  • Conductance quantization
  • Electrochemical properties
  • Nanowires
  • Quantum wires

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