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Gold is an inert noble metal displaying superior chemical stability that renders it a suitable component for the manufacturing of electrodes for various types of devices. Despite being widely employed, the variation of gold surface properties occurring upon the material's exposure to ambient conditions have been often disregarded. While it is well‐known that the contamination of a metallic surface can have a dramatic impact on its properties, the process of contamination itself is poorly understood. Changes of the work function by fractions of an electron‐volt are commonly observed in gold surfaces that are processed at ambient laboratory conditions, but an exhaustive comprehension and control of this phenomenon are still lacking. Here, a multiscale characterization of Au(111) surfaces aiming to unravel the surface dynamics underlying the air contamination is presented. The visualization of the adventitious carbon …
Publication date: 
23 Mar 2021

Nicholas Turetta, Francesco Sedona, Andrea Liscio, Mauro Sambi, Paolo Samorì

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Pages: 2100068
Advanced Materials Interfaces