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Questions tagged [surface-chemistry]

Surface chemistry is roughly defined as the study of chemical reactions at interfaces between 2 or more phases.

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Does phosphoric acid remove stainless steel electropolished layer?

Electropolished stainless steel has a high corrosion resistance due to the oxide film that is created during electropolishing. The film mainly consist of chromium(III) oxide. Phosphoric acid is ...
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How can I make an alloy wetter?

I'm trying to make a Bismuth-Indium based low-melt alloy wetter (specifically, better at wetting to solid metals and glass). I've tried adding gallium, which obviously works, but due to its metal-...
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Transition state optimisation on the surface of periclase

I want to model a reaction catalysed by periclase ($\ce{MgO}$) using DFT. I have a good guess on the transition state (TS) of the reaction that goes in gas phase/solvent (produced using MOPAC). The ...
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Helmholtz double layer

I don't quite understand what is meant by the Helmholtz double layer. Textbooks states something along the lines of: the colloidal particles attain charge by selective adsorption, due to this it ...
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Computational modeling of steric repulsion between two polymer mediated magnetic Nanoparticle?

Can you recommend any modern article or research papers on steric interactions and forces between two or multiple magnetic nanoparticles with polymer brushes in a nonpolar solvents? something with ...
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Calculating pre-exponential factor using transition state theory

I would like to calculate the pre-exponential factor of a surface reaction using transition state theory. I've seen two ways to calculate it but I get different answers for each method (and I don't ...
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Why non polar liquids wet non polar surfaces better than polar surfaces?

In semiconductor industry adhesion promoters (such as HMDS) are applied on various surfaces to improve adhesion between the surface and the photoresist: On SiO2 and many metals surfaces, the air ...
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Could we bond hydrogen to the edges of covalent network structures like diamond?

I know that diamond is just carbon atoms structured in a way that differs from graphite and charcoal. The carbon atoms on the edges do not have full valence shells. Would it be possible to attach ...
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Why is contact angle higher when I let the glass to be dried in silan solution?

I've read in literature that the silanization reaction is completed in a second. However, I realized an interesting thing; after one hour that my cleaned glass beads are deep coated in a silan bottle ...
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Phosphonate reaction with oxides and their stability?

I have read some papers stating that $\ce{SiO2}$ surfaces can bind phosphonates, but in water they hydrolyse. However, for $\ce{Si}$ surfaces, they are stable in water. In both cases, the reaction ...
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What system of nomenclature can I use to indicate the positions of specific kinds of atoms of a surface reconstruction?

I was reading a journal based on SiC reconstructions, and they seem to mention that every dangling bond in the $(1\times 1)$ unreconstructed Si face or the $(0001)$ direction bonds up with a Si adatom ...
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Conductive hydrophobic material

I was looking for a conductive hydrophobic material if there is one? If not why? I was researching and I found some material about laser etching on metals that causes superhydrophobicity but that I ...
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A surface with variable roughness

As you may know, wettability is a characteristic of each surface which determines what the contact angle would be when a droplet is put on the surface (see here for more info). Surface roughness has a ...
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Why we have mass of adsorbent in Freundlich equation?

In Freundlich equation why we have $m$ the mass of adsorbent. I mean it is surface chemistry and on the surface of adsorbent the adsorption takes place so why we have mass of adsorbent in that ...
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Estimating Surface Reactions - Liquid, Turbulent Flow

So, I need a method of estimating the influence of a surface (rate constant would do for a start), the idea is to estimate just Reactant + Surface -> Product in a turbulent liquid flow. Now I am ...
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Properties of Nanocar racetracks

In the Nanocar race competition the molecules are raced on a gold surface. Is there a specific property of gold that it forms a good "racetrack"? On what criteria does it compare with other metal ...
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Why are lyophillic sols uncharged and lyophobic sols charged?

Gums, resins, glue, gelatin starch are uncharged and lyophillic where as metal sulphides and hydroxides are charged and lyophobic. Right after studying o-chem this seemed quite contradictory as ...
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What is the effect of temperature changes on rate of chemisorption?

In chemisorption, if temperature increases, then after some time why does its rate decrease? I tried to explain it by Le Chatelier's principle but I don't believe it's valid as chemisorption is ...
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Capillary forces in horizontal plane

In a physical chemistry course, we went to the lab and made a microstamp out of an elastomer. This stamp has gaps of 25 µm in width. When the elastomer had hardened, we placed it on a microscope slide ...
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Can negative adsorption be considered equal to sorption?

In my book it was written sorption is basically when the substance gets uniformly distributed into the bulk of the solid but at the same time its concentration is higher at the surface then in the ...
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Functionalizing CTAC stabilized nanoparticles

I am working on functionalizing silver-gold bimetallic nanoparticles. My nanoparticles are stabilized by CTAC(cetyltrimethylammonium chloride).The most articles which I found, are about the ...
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Very fast brass oxidation

I work for a company that manufactures pyrotechnics for the oil and gas industry, and we have been having an odd phenomenon occur. One part, a brass tube with a copper clip filled with black powder, ...
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How to create a Non Water loving Vegatable Oil Foam?

I am trying to create a vegetable oil foam (or large quantity of air bubbles) and as I am not a Chemist by far. First I was thinking of using Amphiphilic surfactant, but I don't want this foam to be ...
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What is the surfactant's role in the non-coalescence of water droplets?

I have recently seen many videos that talk about the noncoalescence of water droplets; however, I do not understand the purpose of adding surfactants into the water. From my knowledge (high school), ...
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Why do we have surface charges on a polymer sheet immerged in water ?

I am working with a conductive polymer sheet where I have dropped off a drop of water (with ions). I have plugged the polymer with a conductive wire and an other wire is on the drop. With a voltmeter ...
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Surface stability in crystal growth

What is the meaning of "more thermodynamically stable surface" when we speak of crystallographic facet formation? For example in wurtzite crystals, the formation of (10-11) surfaces are more favorable ...
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In silanization, how to clean kerosene from glass surface completely?

I'm doing some silanization experiments using kerosene to dilute the silan solution. For instance I use a mixture of 10% silan in kerosene. However, after several tests I realized that I cannot ...
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How to do pre-treatment on surface and how to clean the glass surface after silanization?

By Silanization, I want to treat surface of some spherical glass beads. Each bead is supposed to be shot in a particle launcher (like a bullet from a gun). I have some detailed question for the ...
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Basis set in the computational software “Gaussian-03” for studying adsorption of a hydrogen atom on a carbon paste electrode dropcasted with Pt-CNT

What is the basis set in the computational software "Gaussian-03" that can be used to study the interaction of $\ce{H}$-atom with $\ce{Pt-CNT}$ dropcasted electrode? How can we study the energy ...
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ordering the hydrophilicity of some polymers

I need to compare the hydrophilicity of those materials to compare contact angles of water with those materials' surfaces for surface tension measurement. Materials are: PTFE (Teflon), PVC, PS, PVDF, ...
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How to choose a colorant for a given substrate?

I know there are volumes of International Colour Index (homepage, wiki, paper), but I can't really extract from there for example what red colorants are compatible with both silk and polyester, etc. ...
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Selectivity Coefficients of Ion Exchange Resins - Selectivity Reversal with TDS / Ionic Strength

I'm currently studying ion exchange resins and generally getting a bit stuck on some points of information which I do not fully understand / are not very well explained within the literature. I ...
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How do lyophilic sols protect lyophobic sols?

How are lyophobic sols prevented from coagulating when lyophilic sols are added to them? I tried to search for the answer but didn't get a plausible explanation anywhere.
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3D printing of alumina

I want to print a structure of alumina, and the 3D printer that I am using is an extrusion-based printer. So I need your help in knowing that what composition (binders and deflocculant) of alumina ...
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Computational method to model the interactions between a liquid, a solid surface and particles on it?

I’m looking for a way to model the interactions between a liquid, a surface and various particles over the surface, in order to simulate the cleaning of said surface with different substances. My ...
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Reaction Kinetics and Catalyst Addition

The addition of a catalyst is known to increase the rate constant of a reaction by providing an easier pathway for the reaction to occur, one with lesser activation energy. My doubt is: Is it ...
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Wetting properties of FTO coated glass

I am trying to spin coat a layer of polymer+Quantum Dots on an FTO coated glass slide. My material is forming agglomerates at the edges of my slide. My polymer is PVK which has a conc of$\approx 4.5mg/...
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What is the best material for my particles?

I'm investigating collision of a particle and a water droplet ($v_\mathrm{drop}=1~\mathrm{m/s}$, $v_\mathrm{particle} \approx 8\ \mathrm{m/s}$, $D_\mathrm{d}=2.8\ \mathrm{mm}$, $D_\mathrm{p}=2.0\ \...