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Transition from non-monotonic to monotonic electrical diffuse layers: impact of confinement on ionic liquids

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Abstract

Intense investigations of room temperature ionic liquids have revealed not only their advantages in a wide range of technological applications but also triggered scientific debates about charge distribution properties within the bulk and near the solid–liquid interfaces. While many observations report on an alternating charge layering (i.e., spatially extended decaying charge density oscillations), there are recent conjectures that ionic liquids bear similarity to dilute electrolytes. Using a modified Poisson–Nernst–Planck model for ionic liquids (after Bazant et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 2011, 106, 046102), we show that both behaviors are fundamental properties of ionic liquids. The transition from the non-monotonic (oscillatory) to the monotonic structure of electrical diffuse layers appears to non-trivially depend on ionic density in the bulk, electrostatic correlation length, confinement and surface properties. Consequently, the results not only reconcile the empirical results but also provide a powerful methodology to gain insights into the nonlinear aspects of concentrated electrolytes.

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The article was received on 27 Nov 2013, accepted on 16 Dec 2013 and first published on 17 Jan 2014


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C3CP55002H
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014,16, 2836-2841

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    Transition from non-monotonic to monotonic electrical diffuse layers: impact of confinement on ionic liquids

    A. Yochelis, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2014, 16, 2836
    DOI: 10.1039/C3CP55002H

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