Adsorption and absorption of hydrogen species on silver electrode in alkaline solution


516-519The processes of adsorption and absorption of H atoms on silver electrode in alkaline media has been studied using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The potential range in the CV studies has been between -0.1 and -1.6 V /Ag-AgCl. In the first cycle, two cathodic and three anodic peaks have been observed. The H atom electrosorption current peak at ca. -0.6 V/Ag-AgCl, which appears at second cycle, is assigned to hydrogen absorption states. Nyquist plots consist of two overlapping semi-circles of variable diameters depending on the extent of the cathodic dc-potential offset. Hydrogen absorption occurs simultaneously with the hydrogen evolution reaction and competes with it. The H atoms are converted to H2 rather than being sorbed into the polycrystalline Ag when the potential is more negative. These H atoms in the bulk of Ag electrode can be removed only by heating the electrode on flame

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