Journal of Applied Electrochemistry

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 983–996 | Cite as

Evaluation of electroactive intermediate states in anodic O2 evolution at chemically formed nickel oxide: Comparison with behaviour at nickel metal anodes

  • Tong-Chang Liu
  • B. E. Conway


The behaviour of the kinetically involved intermediate states arising in the electrocatalysis of anodic oxygen evolution at chemically formed, high-area nickel oxide (NiO·OH) films on nickel metal as substrate is examined by means of analysis of potential (V) decay transients, following interruption of anodic polarization currents at various overpotentials. The potential decay behaviour is treated in terms of the dependence ofV(t) on log (time,t), and of ln (−dV/dt) as f[V(t)]. The pseudocapacitance associated with the potential-dependence of the coverage or surface density of the overpotential-deposited species involved as intermediates in the reaction at the oxide electrode surface is evaluated jointly from the potential decay and Tafel polarization behaviour, following procedures developed recently.

In anodic O2 evolution on oxide surfaces, such as NiO·OH, the intermediate states in the kinetics of the reaction are to be identified as OH or O species coupled with potential-dependent Ni(III) and Ni(IV) oxidation states of nickel, and the surface density of these states can be evaluated experimentally.

The results obtained for anodic O2 evolution on the chemically formed nickel oxide films are compared with the behaviour at anodically formed thin oxide films on nickel metal.


Oxide Film Intermediate State Surface Density Nickel Oxide Anodic Polarization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tong-Chang Liu
    • 1
  • B. E. Conway
    • 1
  1. 1.Chemistry DepartmentUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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