In-situ activation of hydrogen evolution in pH-neutral electrolytes by additions of multivalent cations
2012 (English)In: International journal of hydrogen energy, ISSN 0360-3199, Vol. 37, no 12, 9496-9503 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Activation of the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in close to pH-neutral electrolytes can be achieved by addition of trivalent cations. This activation has been investigated using steady state polarization, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and chemical analysis of cathode films for yttrium. Several multivalent cations were included in this study, such as Al(III), Mg(II), Y(III), Sm(III), La(III) and Sc(III). In general the more acidic the metal ions the larger is the activation. Metal hydroxide films formed in the alkaline diffusion layer at the cathode surface can have a negative impact on the magnitude of this activation, and therefore complicate the interpretation of the results. The activation corresponds to a transport of metal ion complexes to the electrode surface and the reduction of bound ligand water to form hydrogen.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2012. Vol. 37, no 12, 9496-9503 p.
Engineering and Technology
Research subject SRA - Energy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-95356DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2012.03.061ISI: 000305106300006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84861201363OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-95356DiVA: diva2:527948
QC 201205302012-05-232012-05-232013-04-16Bibliographically approved