The dynamics of the electrooxidation of adsorbed CO, COads, on polycrystalline Pt microelectrodes has been examined in CO-saturated 0.5 M H2SO4 and 0.5 M HCIO4 aqueous solutions, using in situ, time-resolved, normalized differential reflectance spectroscopy (λ = 633 nm). Attention was focused on the unique dependence of CO ads oxidation on the potential at which the adsorbed full CO monolayer is assembled (i.e., hydrogen adsorption/desorption vs the double-layer region) using both fast linear scan voltammetry and potential step techniques. As evidenced from the data collected, COads oxidation at a fixed potential proceeds at slower rates when the monolayer is formed in the double-layer region compared to when it is formed in the hydrogen adsorption/desorption region. Possible explanations for this effect are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry