The objective of this project is to elaborate on a theoretical descript of amalgam/electrolyte interfaces. Liquid amalgam electrodes constitute a unique continuous series of metals to systematically study the influence of the metal phase on the electrochemical properties of the
electrode/electrolyte interface. Recent experimental data demonstrate an important effect of the concentration of the alloying element (In or Tl) in the mercury on the capacity-charge curves and on the electron transfer rates of simple redox couples.
Prof.W.Schmickler, the responsible scientist at the Host Institution, h developed quantum-mechanical models of the electric double layer. A detailed theoretical interpretation of the above data by extending these models, may lead to a substantially better assessment of the role of the metal phase in electrochemical interfaces. Here one can profit, in addition to the experimental advantages of liquid amalgam electrodes as outlined above, from the fact there exists a substantial body of accurate (vacuum) data on physical bulk and surface properties of HgIn and HgTI alloys.