Topics in Catalysis

, Volume 59, Issue 15–16, pp 1319–1331 | Cite as

Exploring the Influence of the Nickel Oxide Species on the Kinetics of Hydrogen Electrode Reactions in Alkaline Media

  • Alexandr G. Oshchepkov
  • Antoine Bonnefont
  • Viktoriia A. Saveleva
  • Vasiliki Papaefthimiou
  • Spyridon Zafeiratos
  • Sergey N. Pronkin
  • Valentin N. Parmon
  • Elena R. Savinova
Original Paper

Abstract

The influence of the oxidation of Ni electrodes on the kinetics of the hydrogen oxidation (HOR) and evolution reactions (HER) has been explored by combining an experimental cyclic voltammetry study, microkinetic modeling and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic analysis. Almost 10 times enhancement of the activity of Ni in the HOR/HER has been observed after its oxidation under the contact with air at ambient conditions and assigned to the presence of NiO species on the surface of metallic Ni. The experimental cyclic voltammetry curves have been analyzed with the help of kinetic model in order to shed light on the mechanism of the HOR/HER for two types of Ni electrodes and its dependence on the presence of NiO on the surface of the electrode. The main features of the experimental current-potential curves can be reproduced with a kinetic model assuming that the free energy of the adsorbed hydrogen intermediate is increased and that the kinetics of the Volmer step is enhanced in the presence of nickel oxide species. The kinetic model provides evidence for the switching from the Heyrovsky–Volmer mechanism on metallic Ni to Tafel–Volmer mechanism on the activated electrode, where surface oxide species co-exist with metal Ni sites.

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Keywords

Hydrogen oxidation and evolution reactions Alkaline solutions Nickel Nickel oxide X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy Kinetic modeling 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors acknowledge financial support from the grant ERA.Net RUS No. 208 and Russian Academy of Science and Federal Agency of Scientific Organizations (Project No. V.46.4.4). The authors express their gratitude to Dr. Thierry Dintzer for SEM measurements. Valuable discussions with Dr. Olga V. Cherstiouk and Dr. Pavel A. Simonov (Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Russia) are highly appreciated. A.G.O. acknowledges financial support from RFBR (Project No. 16-33-00331 mol_a) and PhD scholarships of French government.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandr G. Oshchepkov
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Antoine Bonnefont
    • 3
  • Viktoriia A. Saveleva
    • 2
  • Vasiliki Papaefthimiou
    • 2
  • Spyridon Zafeiratos
    • 2
  • Sergey N. Pronkin
    • 2
  • Valentin N. Parmon
    • 2
    • 4
  • Elena R. Savinova
    • 2
  1. 1.Boreskov Institute of CatalysisNovosibirskRussia
  2. 2.Institut de Chimie et Procédés pour l’Energie, l’Environnement et la SantéUMR 7515 CNRS-University of StrasbourgStrasbourg CedexFrance
  3. 3.Institut de Chimie de StrasbourgUMR 7177 CNRS-University of StrasbourgStrasbourgFrance
  4. 4.Novosibirsk State UniversityNovosibirskRussia

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