Electrochemistry of iron oxides: An in situ Mössbauer study

Cristian Fierro, Raúl E. Carbonio, Daniel Alberto Scherson*, Ernest B. Yeager

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The electrochemical properties of Fe(OH)2 dispersed on high-area carbon in strongly alkaline media have been studied in situ by Mössbauer spectroscopy. The oxidation of this material was found to yield either an ensemble of small magnetite particles of different sizes or a mixture of superparamagnetic and bulklike magnetite crystals depending on whether the process was carried out by stepping or sweeping the potential to -0.3 V vs Hg/HgO,OH-, respectively. This provides clear evidence that the morphological characteristics of the resulting material are determined by the rate at which the oxidation reaction is performed. Further cathodic polarization to -1.2 V gave rise to the irreversible reduction of the Fe(OH)2 to metallic iron.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6579-6581
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of physical chemistry
Issue number27
Publication statusPublished - 1987 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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