This paper proposes the use of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) to measure characteristics of gold (Au)-coated membranes and their inherent limitations. In this work, the fabrication of a membrane permeate flow cell is described with the aim of subsequently studying the transport of ions through conductive polycarbonate track etched membrane (PCTE) by interrogating the system using EIS and CV measurements. In particular, we would like to ascertain the voltage range that can be applied to the Au-coated membrane without getting a considerable faradaic activity; the difference between platinum and Au electrode; the effects of different electrolyte concentrations and various applied DC potentials.

We extend our previous work done [1] by studying the differences of using a hrydroxyl and methyl terminated self assembled monolayer (SAM). We also extend the quality of the monolayer with respect to the amount of time in which the monolayer is grown. Finally, finding the voltage in which a ‘defect free’ monolayer transforms from insulative to ‘leaky’ behavior extends a detailed analysis of the critical voltage of an alkane thiol.

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