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In-situ activated hydrogen evolution by molybdate addition to neutral and alkaline electrolytes
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of applied science and design.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of applied science and design.
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2012 (English)In: Journal of electrochemical science and engineering, ISSN 1847-9286, Vol. 2, no 3, 105-120 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Activation of the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) by in-situ addition of Mo(VI) to the electrolyte has been studied in alkaline and pH neutral electrolytes, the latter with the chlorate process in focus. Catalytic molybdenum containing films formed on the cathodes during polarization were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X ray analysis (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and X ray fluorescence (XRF). In-situ addition of Mo(VI) activates the HER on titanium in both alkaline and neutral electrolytes and makes the reaction kinetics independent of the substrate material. Films formed in neutral electrolyte consisted of molybdenum oxides and contained more molybdenum than those formed in alkaline solution. Films formed in neutral electrolyte in the presence of phosphate buffer activated the HER, but were too thin to be detected by EDS. Since molybdenum oxides are generally not stable in strongly alkaline electrolyte, films formed in alkaline electrolyte were thinner and probably co-deposited with iron. A cast iron molybdenum alloy was also investigated with respect to activity for HER. When polished in the same way as iron, the alloy displayed a similar activity for HER as pure iron.

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2012. Vol. 2, no 3, 105-120 p.
Keyword [en]
Molybdate, molybdenum dioxide, electrodeposition, electrolysis
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Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-17212DOI: 10.5599/jese.2012.0015OAI: diva2:561319
Available from: 2012-10-18 Created: 2012-10-18 Last updated: 2016-10-17Bibliographically approved
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1. Nanoscaled Structures of Chlorate Producing Electrodes
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nanoscaled Structures of Chlorate Producing Electrodes
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Sodium chlorate is mainly used for production of chlorine dioxide (a pulp bleaching agent). Sodium chlorate is produced by an electrochemical process where chloride ions (from sodium chloride dissolved in water) are oxidized to chlorine on the anodes and hydrogen is evolved on the cathodes. The anode of this process consists of a metal plate coated with a catalytically active metal oxide film. The electrocatalytic properties of the anode coating film have been widely investigated due to the great importance of these electrodes in the electrochemical industry. The material properties are, however, not as well investigated, and the studies described in this thesis are an attempt to remedy this.

Several standard material characterization methods were used, such as SEM, TEM, AFM, EDX, XRD, porosimetry and DSC. Also, a novel model system based on spin coated electrode films on smooth substrates was developed. The model system provided a way to design samples suitable for e.g. TEM, where the sample thickness is limited to maximum of 100 nm. This is possible due to the ability to control the film thickness by the spinning velocity when using the spin coating technique.

It was shown here that the anode coating has a nanostructure. It consists of grains, a few tens of nanometers across. The nanostructure leads to a large effective area and thus provides an explanation of the superior catalytic properties of these coatings. The grains were also shown to be monocrystalline. The size of these grains and its origin was investigated. The calcination temperature, the precursor salt and (if any) doping material all affected the grain size. A higher calcination temperature yielded larger grains and doping with cobalt resulted in smaller grains and therefore a larger real area of the coating. Some preparation conditions also affected the microstructure of the coating; such as substrate roughness. The microstructure is for example the cracked-mud structure. A smoother substrate gave a lower crack density.

The cathode of chlorate production is usually an uncoated metal plate, therefore 'less catalytically active'. It is, however, possible to activate the cathode by for example in situ additions to the electrolyte. It was shown here that sufficient addition of molybdate to the electrolyte resulted in a molybdenum film deposited on the cathode and thereby an increase of its surface area and an activation the hydrogen evolution reaction.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, 2012
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 134
National Category
Natural Sciences
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-17206 (URN)978-91-87103-35-3 (ISBN)
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2012-11-09, M102, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2012-10-18 Created: 2012-10-17 Last updated: 2012-11-30Bibliographically approved

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