Platinum Ordered Porous Electrodes: Developing a Platform for Fundamental Electrochemical Characterization

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Kinkead, B., van Drunen, J., Paul, M.T.Y. et al. Electrocatalysis (2013) 4: 179. DOI: 10.1007/s12678-013-0145-2.

Date created: 
2013-07-09
Keywords: 
Electrocatalysis
Platinum
Inverse opal
Cyclic voltammetry
Electron microscopy
X-ray diffraction
Electrochemical surface area
Abstract: 

High surface area platinum electrodes with an ordered porous  structure (Pt-OP electrodes) have been prepared and characterized by  electrochemical methods. This study builds a foundation upon which we can  seek an in-depth understanding of the limitations and design considerations  to make efficient and stable Pt-OP electrodes for use in electrochemical  applications. A set of Pt-OP electrodes were prepared by controlled  electrodeposition of Pt through a self-assembled array of spherical particles  and subsequent removal of the spherical templates by solvent extraction. The  preparation method was shown to be reproducible and the resulting electrodes  were found to have clean Pt surfaces and a large electrochemical surface area  (A ecsa) resulting from both the porous structure, as well as the nano- and  micro-scale surface roughness. Additionally, the Pt-OP electrodes exhibit a  surface area enhancement comparable to commercially available  electrocatalysts. In summary, the Pt-OP electrodes prepared herein show  properties of interest for both gaining fundamental insights into  electrocatalytic processes and for use in applications that would benefit  from enhanced electrochemical response. 

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English
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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
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