Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry

, Volume 7, Issue 9, pp 582–587 | Cite as

Application of differential electrochemical mass spectrometry to the electrocatalytic oxidation of formic acid at a modified Bi/Pt electrode surface

  • Sean P. E. Smith
  • E. Casado-Rivera
  • H. D. Abruña
Original Paper


The design and construction of a differential electrochemical mass spectrometry system is presented. This system has been employed in the study of the reaction products and intermediates during the electrocatalytic oxidation of formic acid on Pt(111) and deliberately stepped platinum surfaces, modified with irreversibly adsorbed Bi (Biad).


Bismuth-modified electrodes Differential electrochemical mass spectrometry Electrocatalytic oxidation Formic acid Platinum surfaces 



This work was supported by the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research. E.C.-R. acknowledges support by a Provost's Diversity Fellowship from Cornell University. We also gratefully acknowledge the help and support by Prof. R. Vielstich and Prof. T. Iwasita during the early parts of this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sean P. E. Smith
    • 1
  • E. Casado-Rivera
    • 1
  • H. D. Abruña
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Baker LaboratoryCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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