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Electrocatalysis at graphite and carbon nanotube modified electrodes: edge-plane sites and tube ends are the reactive sites

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Abstract

Carbon, and particularly graphite in its various forms, is an attractive electrode material. Two areas of particular interest are modified carbon electrodes and carbon nanotube electrodes. In this article we focus on the relationship between surface structure and electrochemical and chemical reactivity of electrodes based on these materials. We overview recent work in this area which has led us to believe that much of the catalytic activity, electron transfer and chemical reactivity of graphitic carbon electrodes is at surface defect sites, and in particular edge-plane-like defect sites. We also question the claimed special “catalytic” properties of carbon nanotube modified electrodes.

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The article was received on 27 Aug 2004, accepted on 29 Sep 2004 and first published on 06 Dec 2004


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/B413177K
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2005, 829-841
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    Electrocatalysis at graphite and carbon nanotube modified electrodes: edge-plane sites and tube ends are the reactive sites

    C. E. Banks, T. J. Davies, G. G. Wildgoose and R. G. Compton, Chem. Commun., 2005, 829
    DOI: 10.1039/B413177K

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