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Impedance spectra of the hydrogen evolution reaction at low cathodic overpotentials

Horvat-Radošević, Višnja; Kvastek, Krešimir (2003) Impedance spectra of the hydrogen evolution reaction at low cathodic overpotentials. Croatica Chemica Acta, 76 (4). pp. 313-322. ISSN 0011-1643

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Impedance spectra of the hydrogen evolution reaction, HER, at low cathodic overpotentials were analyzed on the basis of the theoretical admittance/frequency function, initially derived for the Volmer-Heyrovsky-Tafel reaction mechanism involving the hydrogen insertion (absorption + diffusion) step. General principles of the impedance spectroscopy for HER are discussed using schematically constructed impedance spectra. In order to characterize the influence of each impedance parameter on the shape of the spectrum, some simulations of impedance spectra were performed with different values of impedance parameters. Comparative impedance measurements were carried out on deposited rhodium and ruthenium electrodes at -0.040 V vs. rhe, in 0.5 mol dm(-3) H2SO4. Impedance parameter values were estimated by curve fitting between theoretical and experimental impedance spectra. In addition to the electron transfer, formation of adsorbed hydrogen and H-2 desorption step, participation of a bulk diffusion step of hydrogen was observed for both electrodes at the lowest frequencies. Comparison between impedance parameter values of the two electrodes suggested faster kinetics of HER at the rhodium electrode.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: impedance spectra; hydrogen evolution reaction; ruthenium electrode; rhodium electrode; alkaline-solution; absorption reaction; ac impedance; electrochemical impedance; faradaic admittance; catalytic influence; membrane-electrode; rhodium electrode; nickel electrodes; kinetics
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Chemistry
Divisions: Division for Marine and Enviromental Research
Project titleProject leaderProject codeProject type
Priprava i svojstva površina metala od značaja u zaštiti okolišaDunja Čukman0098126MZOS
Depositing User: Višnja Horvat-Radošević
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2013 12:07

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