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Title: Electrocatalytic oxidation of methanol on CoNi electrodeposited materials
Author: Tarrús, X.
Montiel Argaiz, Manuel
Vallés Giménez, Elisa
Gómez, Elvira
Keywords: Electrocatàlisi
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Abstract: Cobalt-nickel bimetallic materials electrodeposited on Si/Ti/Ni substrates were evaluated for the oxidation of methanol in alkaline media. CoNi samples were prepared potentiostatically selecting conditions adequate to achieve the desired Co/Ni ratio. All samples were characterized by X-ray fluorescence and cyclic voltammetry to determine their composition and electrochemical behaviour. The electrocatalytical performance of prepared samples was evaluated also by cyclic voltammetry using methanol solutions in alkaline media. Material composition, methanol and NaOH concentration, and temperature were the variables studied. The results indicate that a cobalt excess inhibits the methanol oxidation. In the same way, a significant enhancement of the oxidation current was observed on increasing the NaOH concentration up to 0.5 M, but for higher concentrations the electrocatalytic performance of these materials decreases. With regard to the increase of MeOH concentration or temperature, both variables are related to an improvement of the electrocatalytic performance. Finally, the effect of platinum skin on the CoNi deposits was evaluated, concluding that it favours MeOH oxidation but does not protect the substrate surface from the damage exerted by excessive NaOH concentration.
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It is part of: International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2014, vol. 39, num. 12, p. 6705-6713
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ISSN: 0360-3199
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