Effect of microstructure on the electrochemical behavior of Pt/YSZ electrodes
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- Jaccoud, A., Fóti, G., Wüthrich, R. et al. Top Catal (2007) 44: 409. doi:10.1007/s11244-006-0133-3
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Two types of O2,Pt/YSZ electrode preparation (Pt/YSZ cermet and sputtered platinum film) have been characterized by SEM and by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry at 450 °C in 20 kPa oxygen. Cyclic voltammetry on the cermet and on the as-sputtered non-porous film electrode evidenced the characteristics of the PtOx/Pt couple. The corresponding redox reaction occurs at the metal/electrolyte interface and it manifests itself by an anodic wave and one of more cathodic peaks in the voltammogram. Heat treatment of the sputtered electrode at 700 °C in oxygen atmosphere resulted in a porous structure by coalescence of the film. Cyclic voltammetry of the porous film electrode featured the characteristics of the O2/O2− couple, i.e. the redox reaction of gaseous oxygen occurring at the tpb. Chronoamperometry at anodic potentials showed similar features for both electrode preparations: an initial inhibition, a current peak and a slow activation, the latter being related to the phenomenon of electrochemical promotion of catalysis.