Sirés, I., Low, C.T.J., Ponce de Leon, C. and Walsh, F.C.
The deposition of nanostructured ?-PbO2 coatings from aqueous methanesulfonic acid for the electrochemical oxidation of organic pollutants.
Electrochemistry Communications, 12, (1), . (doi:10.1016/j.elecom.2009.10.038).
Highly crystalline, nanostructured, three-dimensional ?-PbO2 coatings were successfully obtained by galvanostatic deposition from baths containing aqueous lead(II) and methanesulfonic acid (CH3SO3H). This constitutes a much more environmentally friendly methodology compared to plating of ?-PbO2 in HNO3. The deposits exhibited high quality and good adherence. The crystallite size was in the range 20–30 nm and AFM imaging revealed very uniform, rough deposits (i.e., 255–275 nm rms). The oxidative destruction of Methyl Orange azo dye was studied by electrochemical advanced oxidation processes (EAOPs). An electro-Fenton process with a high surface area carbon-felt cathode performed better than the single anodic oxidation. Rapid and complete decolorisation was achieved following pseudo first-order kinetics. The stability of the ?-PbO2 electrodes during the electrolyses was also demonstrated.
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