Control of electric conductivity and electrochemical activity of hydrogenated amorphous carbon by incorporating boron atoms

Kensuke Honda, Hiroshi Naragino, Yohsuke Shimai

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Highly conductive hydrogenated amorphous carbon with higher resistance to electrochemically induced corrosion was successfully synthesized by incorporating boron atoms and regulating the amount of sp2-bonded carbon with plasma-enhanced CVD method. The structure, electrical properties, and electrochemical reactivity of boron-doped amorphous carbon (B-doped DLC) were investigated. Boron atoms in amorphous carbon acted as an accepter because the conduction of B-doped DLC was p-type. Volume resistivity was 6.36 × 10-2 ω cm at highly B-doped DLC (B = 1.3 atom%). The highly B-doped DLC films exhibited a wide working potential range over 3 V in an aqueous solution. The kinetics of hydrogen evolution, which determines the working potential range, could be suppressed by decreasing the number of boron atoms incorporated in DLC because B atoms act as an electrochemical catalyst for H2 evolution. A double-layer capacitance of the highly B-doped films was as low as boron-doped diamond. This is due to the absence of ionizable surface functionalities like -NH3 and reversible electron transfer kinetics for inorganic redox analytes (Fe(CN)63-/4- and Ru(NH3)62+/3+), which were on the same level as those of boron-doped diamond. The lower kinetics of O2 evolution at B-doped DLC enables to observe the redox reaction of Ce3+/4+ with a standard potential higher than that of H2O/O2. Mn 2+ ions with a standard potential lower than that of H2 evolution could also be electrochemically analyzed in the range from 20 μM to 2.5 mMat moderately B-doped DLC with lower kinetics of H2 evolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)B207-B215
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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