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Scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) study of pH changes at Pt electrode surfaces in Na2SO4 solution (pH 4) under potential cycling conditions

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pH Changes in the vicinity of a platinum electrode immersed in a 10(-4) mol dm(-3) H2SO4+0.5 mol dm(-3) Na2SO4 solution have been probed with a scanning electrochemical microscope (SECM). Experiments were carried out in the tip substrate voltammetric mode where the faradaic current flowing to the tip is recorded while cycling the potential of the substrate. The tip current was made pH-sensitive by holding the tip potential in a region where a pH-dependent reaction occurs. Three reactions were considered: hydrogen evolution, Pt oxide formation and oxygen evolution. The results provide direct evidence of a pH decrease close to the substrate during hydrogen desorption, oxide formation and oxygen evolution. Conversely, a pH increase is observed during oxide reduction, hydrogen adsorption and hydrogen evolution. A quantitative assessment of pH changes is proposed; variations as large as one pH unit were observed.

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Yang, Yi-Fu and Denuault, Guy (1996) Scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) study of pH changes at Pt electrode surfaces in Na2SO4 solution (pH 4) under potential cycling conditions Journal of the Chemical Society Faraday Transactions, 92, (20), pp. 3791-3798. (doi:10.1039/FT9969203791).

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Published date: 1996
Additional Information: VT016
Keywords: acidic aqueous-media, hydrogen adsorption, platinum-electrodes, polycrystalline platinum, supporting electrolyte, formation-reduction, oxide formation, mechanism, behavior, voltammetry

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Local EPrints ID: 179259
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/179259
ISSN: 0956-5000
PURE UUID: 9b415868-557b-4f97-b1d0-c7559d7c40fc
ORCID for Guy Denuault: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8630-9492

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Date deposited: 04 Apr 2011 08:40
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:03

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Author: Yi-Fu Yang
Author: Guy Denuault ORCID iD

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