The effect of electrode material on the electrochemical formation of porous copper surfaces using hydrogen bubble templating

Najdovski, Ilija & O'Mullane, Anthony P. (2014) The effect of electrode material on the electrochemical formation of porous copper surfaces using hydrogen bubble templating. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 722-723, pp. 95-101.

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The electrodeposition of copper onto copper, gold, palladium and glassy carbon (GC) electrodes via a hydrogen bubble templating method is reported. It is found that the composition of the underlying electrode material significantly influences the morphology of the copper electrodeposit. Highly ordered porous structures are achieved with Cu and Au electrodes, however on Pd this order is disrupted and a rough randomly oriented surface is formed whereas on GC a bubble templating effect is not observed. Chronopotentiograms recorded during the electrodeposition process allows bubble formation and detachment from the surface to be monitored where distinctly different potential versus time profiles are observed at the different electrodes. The porous Cu surfaces are characterised with scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and cyclic voltammetric measurements recorded under alkaline conditions. The latter demonstrates that there are active sites present on electrodeposited copper whose coverage and reactivity depend on the underlying electrode material. The most active Cu surface is achieved at a Pd substrate for both the hydrogen evolution reaction and the catalytic reduction of ferricyanide ions with thiosulphate ions. This demonstrates that the highly ordered porous structure on the micron scale which typifies the morphology that can be achieved with the hydrogen bubbling template method is not required in producing the most effective material.

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ID Code: 70859
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Electrodeposition, Copper, Catalysis, Electrocatalysis, Porous metal
DOI: 10.1016/j.jelechem.2014.03.034
ISSN: 1572-6657
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL) (030600) > Electrochemistry (030604)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier B.V.
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Volumes 722–723, (1 May 2014), DOI: 10.1016/j.jelechem.2014.03.034
Deposited On: 01 May 2014 23:14
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2016 05:03

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