Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry

, Volume 7, Issue 7, pp 421–434 | Cite as

Electrochemical properties of diamond-like carbon electrodes prepared by the pulsed laser deposition method

  • Gunnar Nurk
  • Jaanus Eskusson
  • Raivo Jaaniso
  • Enn Lust
Original Paper


Diamond-like carbon electrodes (DLCEs) have been synthesized by the pulsed laser deposition method. The surface structure of the DLCEs has been studied by atomic force microscopy and the root-mean-square roughness has been established as Rms≥81 Å. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry data show that DLCEs are nearly ideally polarizable in the potential region –0.4<E<1.1 V (vs. Ag|AgCl|sat. KCl in H2O) in 0.1 M NaF+H2O solution. Various equivalent circuits have been used for fitting the complex plane and Bode plots. A very good agreement between experimental and calculated Nyquist curves has been established if the charge transfer and double layer charging at the surface, intercalation of the H+ and (or) Na+ ions and solid phase diffusion inside the nanoparticle, as well as the effect of an insulating film at the surface (i.e. surrounding the nanoparticles), are taken into account.


Diamond-like carbon Electrochemical double layer Impedance Pulsed laser deposition 



This work was supported partially by the Estonian Science Foundation under project nos. 4568 and 4204.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gunnar Nurk
    • 1
  • Jaanus Eskusson
    • 1
    • 2
  • Raivo Jaaniso
    • 2
  • Enn Lust
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Physical Chemistry, University of Tartu, 2 Jakobi Street, 51014 Tartu, Estonia
  2. 2.Institute of Physics, Estonian Academy of Sciences, 142 Riia Street, 51014 Tartu Estonia

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