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Title: Surface spectators and their role in relationships between activity and selectivity of the oxygen reduction reaction in acid environments.

We use the rotating ring disk (RRDE) method to study activity-selectivity relationships for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) on Pt(111) modified by various surface coverages of adsorbed CNad (ΘCNad). The results demonstrate that small variations in ΘCNad have dramatic effect on the ORR activity and peroxide production, resulting in “volcano-like” dependence with an optimal surface coverage of ΘCNad = 0.3 ML. These relationships can be simply explained by balancing electronic and ensemble effects of co-adsorbed CNad and adsorbed spectator species from the supporting electrolytes, without the need for intermediate adsorption energy arguments. Although this study has focused on the Pt(111)-CNad/H2SO4 interface, the results and insight gained here are invaluable for controlling another dimension in the properties of electrochemical interfaces.
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Electrochemistry Communications; Journal Volume: 60
Research Org:
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science - Office of Basic Energy Sciences - Materials Sciences and Engineering Division
Country of Publication:
United States