Impedance of Aqueous Solutions of KCl at the Ultra-low Frequency Range: Use of Cole-Cole Impedance Element to Account for the Frequency Dispersion Peak at 20 mHz

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Giacometti, José A.
Alves, Neri [UNESP]
Teruya, Márcia Y. [UNESP]
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This paper reports on the analysis of dispersion in the imaginary part of impedance often observed at low frequencies in a variety of systems. The experimental data were obtained with an electrolytic cell containing KCl aqueous solution in the frequency range from 0.1 mHz to 10 MHz, where the use of ultra-low frequencies helps clarify the analysis of the imaginary impedance dispersion. It is shown that the low frequency dispersion described in the literature is the tail of a relaxation peak located at f ≅ 20 mHz. This ultra-low frequency dispersion peak is analyzed with a Cole-Cole impedance element, being associated with the electric double layer at the metal-electrolyte interface. Quantitative information can be extracted for the double layer, including its thickness (∼1 nm) and electrical resistivity (∼50 GΩm).
Electric double layer, Electrolytic solution, Impedance measurements, Metal-electrolyte interface, Ultra-low frequency
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Brazilian Journal of Physics, v. 46, n. 1, p. 50-55, 2016.