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Investigation of the oxygen evolving electrode in pH-neutral electrolytes - Modelling and experiments of the RDE-cell

Author:
Nylen, Linda  Behm, Marten  Cornell, Ann  Lindbergh, Goran  


Journal:
ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA


Issue Date:
2007


Abstract(summary):

A model has been developed to illustrate the complex interplay between the acidifying electrode reactions for oxygen evolution, mass transport and homogeneous reactions in pH-neutral electrolytes. Modelled polarisation curves of the oxygen evolution reaction were verified by polarisation curves experimentally measured in 5 M NaClO4 on a RDE of DSA material. The conditions in the simulations and in the experiments were similar to those in the chlorate process (high ionic strength, 70 degrees C, chromate-containing electrolyte, DSA electrode), in which the oxygen evolution reaction is one of the possible side reactions. The model predicted the concentration gradients of H+, OH-, CrO42- and HCrO4- during oxygen evolution on the RDE. It was found that an important part of the chromate buffering effect at high current densities occurs in a thin (in the order of nanometers) reaction layer at the anode. From comparisons between the model and experiments, a buffering reaction has been proposed. The most likely reaction for the chromate buffering in the investigated system is CrO42- reacting with water to HCrO4- and OH-. In the chlorate process, where chromate is a buffer and oxygen evolution is a side reaction, it is likely that chromate promotes oxygen evolution from OH-. (c) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


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4513---4524


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