Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry

, Volume 20, Issue 11, pp 3107–3114 | Cite as

Electrochemical dissolution of aluminium in electrocoagulation experiments

  • Éva Fekete
  • Béla Lengyel
  • Tamás Cserfalvi
  • Tamás PajkossyEmail author
Original Paper


Six experiments are presented to highlight important features of aluminium dissolution when used in electrocoagulation procedure employed to remove oily contaminations from water. First, using a common oil-in-water emulsion: diluted milk, we show that the electrochemically generated coagulant ions are active only in the first few seconds following their generation—hence, the electrocoagulation cells’ construction should promote the mixing of the nascent Al colloid with the water phase. For this reason, the use of the narrow-gap cells is suggested. Second, in experiments with Al-Al electrode pairs and dilute, neutral, unbuffered, aqueous solutions we (i) estimate the maximum amount of Al dissolution on the cathode and (ii) show how the rate of Al dissolution changes with frequency if the cell voltage polarity is alternating.


Aluminium Dissolution Coagulation Colloids Water cleaning Specific charge 



Financial support of the National Research, Technology and Innovation Office of the Hungarian government through projects KMR_12-1-2012-0386 and OTKA-K-112034 is acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Éva Fekete
    • 1
  • Béla Lengyel
    • 1
  • Tamás Cserfalvi
    • 1
  • Tamás Pajkossy
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of SciencesBudapestHungary

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