EC cell for AFM- electrochemical measurements of 2d materials

The Highest Performance Electrochemical AFM (EC-AFM)

Study electrochemical reactions in real time — Electrochemical capabilities are now available on the Cypher ES atomic force microscope


The Electrochemistry Cell for the Asylum Research Cypher ES is the premier solution for in situ AFM characterization of electrochemical processes. Its simple modular design provides great versatility and compatibility with a wide range of materials. Best of all, it's based on the Cypher ES AFM— the world’s highest resolution, fast scanning AFM with superior environmental control and ease of use for maximum productivity.

Asylum's EC Cell for Electrochemical AFM functionality:

  • Asylum's fully sealed EC cell comes in a comprehensive kit that includes a uniquely designed probe holder, a liquid cup for easy imaging in fluid, an EC sample holder and standard electrodes
  • For use with any potentiostat, depending on the electrochemical application
  • Compatible with most common solvents, electrolytes and electrode materials
  • Simple to clean and assemble, even with gloves
  • Optional heating and cooling stages allow investigation of electrochemical thermodynamics
  • Glovebox option provides the ultimate environmental control with no performance compromises
Voltammogram showing reductive deposition and oxidative stripping of copper

Time series of AFM images showing the electrochemical stripping of copper from a gold electrode in an acidic 0.1 M copper sulfate solution. Imaged in tapping mode using blueDrive photothermal excitation. Graph: Voltammogram showing reductive deposition and oxidative stripping corresponding to the process shown in the images above.

Applications for the EC Cell

Electrodeposition • Energy Storage • Corrosion

  • Characterizing energy storage materials under bias, such as battery electrodes, membranes and solution-electrode interfaces
  • Electrodeposition and stripping of metals 
  • Investigating kinetics of corrosion
  • Monitoring morphology over time of electrode-attached biocatalysts, microorganisms, and other biophysical research
  • Nucleation and growth of nanoparticles

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