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United States Patent Application

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An electrochemical cell that allows for in-situ structural characterization of amorphous thin film materials during the course of electrolysis using high-energy X-ray scattering (>50 keV). The compact and versatile cell, fabricated using a 3D printer, employs a three-electrode configuration and minimizes X-ray scattering contributions from the cell, reference and counter electrodes, as well as the working electrode support. A large surface area working electrode has a physically robust support and is largely transparent to X-rays. This design, which utilizes a three-dimensional working electrode, also greatly improves the intensity and quality of the scattered signal compared to a two-dimensional working electrode. The in-situ cell can be used not only to investigate structural evolution during electrolysis using X-ray scattering (e.g. pair distribution function), but also to perform electrochemical potential-dependent structural analysis by extended X-ray absorption fine structure. The in-situ electrochemical cell opens new opportunity to characterize amorphous thin films thinner than 70 nm.
Kwon, Gihan (Lemont, IL), Emery, Jonathan D. (Chicago, IL), Kim, In Soo (Woodridge, IL), Martinson, Alex B. (Naperville, IL), Tiede, David M. (Elmhurst, IL)
UChicago Argonne, LLC (Chicago IL)
15/ 221,167
July 27, 2016
[0001] The United States Government claims certain rights in this disclosure pursuant to Contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38 between the United States Government and the University of Chicago, pursuant to DE-AC02-06CH11357 between the United States Government and U Chicago Argonne, LLC representing Argonne National Laboratory and/or by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, and Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award Number DE-SC0001059.