Journal of Applied Electrochemistry

, Volume 25, Issue 10, pp 978–981 | Cite as

Electrochemical promotion of IrO2 catalyst for the gas phase combustion of ethylene

  • E. Varkaraki
  • J. Nicole
  • E. Plattner
  • Ch. Comninellis
  • C. G. Vayenas


The catalytic activity of IrO2 catalyst films for the gas phase combustion of ethylene can be increased by up to a factor of 10 via anodic polarization of the IrO2 catalyst relative to a Au electrode both deposited on Y2O3-stabilized ZrO2 solid electrolyte. The steady-state increase in the catalytic reaction rate is typically 200 higher than the expected rate increase of ethylene combustion calculated from Faraday's law. This is the first demonstration of the effect of non-faradaic electrochemical modification of catalytic activity (NEMCA) using a metal oxide catalyst.


Catalytic Activity Solid Electrolyte Oxide Catalyst Anodic Polarization IrO2 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Varkaraki
    • 1
  • J. Nicole
    • 1
  • E. Plattner
    • 1
  • Ch. Comninellis
    • 1
  • C. G. Vayenas
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Chemical Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of TechnologyLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of PatrasPatrasGreece

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