Eric Garfunkel - Research

Ionic liquid interfaces


Im NTfIonic liquids (ILs) are intrinsic electrolytes with negligible vapor pressure, controllable electrical and ionic conductivity, and high stability. This project involves developing an atomic and molecular understanding of the solid/ionic liquid interface. The nature and strength of solid-IL bonding (and reactivity) is one key focus, while developing a structural understanding, including ionic ordering and preferential orientation is another. IL films are characterized using thermal desorption, photoelectron spectroscopy and various forms of microscopy. Applications such as IL gating are also being explored.


Aleksandra Biedron
Group Leader: Aleksandra Biedron


Collaborator: Prof. E. Castner