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An electrochemical impedance study of the oxygen evolution reaction at hydrous iron oxide in base.
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PMID:  23348122     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The oxygen evolution reaction at multi-cycled iron oxy-hydroxide films in aqueous alkaline solution is discussed. Steady-state Tafel plot analysis and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy have been used to elucidate the kinetics and mechanism of oxygen evolution. Tafel slopes of ca. 60 mV dec(-1) and 40 mV dec(-1) are found at low overpotentials depending on the oxide growth conditions, with an apparent Tafel slope of ca. 120 mV dec(-1) at high overpotentials. Reaction orders of ca. 0.5 and 1.0 are observed at low and high overpotentials, again depending on the oxide growth conditions. A mechanistic scheme involving the active participation of octahedrally coordinated anionic iron oxyhydroxide surfaquo complexes, which form the porous hydrous layer, is proposed. The latter structure contains considerable quantities of water molecules which facilitate hydroxide ion discharge at the metal site during active oxygen evolution. This work brings together current research in heterogeneous electrocatalysis and homogeneous molecular catalysis for water oxidation.
Richard L Doyle; Michael E G Lyons
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-25
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Title:  Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1463-9084     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Chem Chem Phys     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100888160     Medline TA:  Phys Chem Chem Phys     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Trinity Electrochemical Energy Conversion & Electrocatalysis (TEECE) Group, School of Chemistry and CRANN, University of Dublin Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland.
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