Electrochemical and sem characterization of Ag electrodes roughened by potential sweep and potential step processes in aqueous chloride and chloride + pyridine media

Jeanne E. Pemberton, Maureen M. Girand

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Abstract

The effect of solution pH and the presence of pyridine on the redox behavior of Ag electrodes in aqueous chloride media is investigated. Scanning electron microscopy is used to evaluate differences in surface morphology of Ag electrodes subjected to electrochemical oxidation and oxidation-reduction processes in 0.1 M KCl and 0.1 M KCl + 0.05 M pyridine media at pH values of 2, 7, and 12. Potential sweep and potential step methods are used to effect the electrochemical oxidation and oxidation-reduction events. Comparisons are made between the resulting surface morphologies on the submicroscopic level for Ag surfaces roughened in these two ways. The redox chemistry of the oxidation and reduction processes is interpreted in terms of the different species capable of interacting with the Ag electrode surface and Ag+ species generated during oxidation in each medium. Surface adsorbates proposed to be important include chloride ions and pyridine. The relative importance of these species in terms of their ability to influence the redox chemistry of the Ag electrodes is seen to be a sensitive function of solution pH.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-92
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
Volume217
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 23 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry

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