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All at once: how electrochemistry can be used to design and access multiple compositions in a single sample

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Abstract

A library of binary PtRh thin-film electrocatalysts was obtained by potentiostatic co-electrodeposition of Pt4+ and Rh3+ on a gold wire in a capillary cell, the capillary separating on the one hand the Pt4+ compartment and on the other hand the Rh3+ compartment. More specifically, this capillary cell enables to hinder the mobility of the ions from the one compartment to the other, thereby creating a continuous gradient of concentrations of Pt4+ and Rh3+ in the solution along the gold wire; as a result, the surface of the gold wire substrate witnesses crossed gradients of Pt4+ and Rh3+ during the electrodeposition, and countless PtRh compositions can be generated on the surface of a single sample. The feasibility of the protocol was confirmed by electron probe microanalysis and sections of the film (with lengths of 1 mm) were subsequently accessed by cyclic voltammetry. The results demonstrate the potential of this approach to perform compositional studies in a single piece of substrate and open new perspectives of studies in catalysis and electrocatalysis with a relatively low-cost and time-saving approach.

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The article was received on 09 Jun 2017, accepted on 09 Oct 2017 and first published on 09 Oct 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA05036D
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017,5, 22641-22647
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    All at once: how electrochemistry can be used to design and access multiple compositions in a single sample

    V. A. Ruffo, A. Crisci, M. Chatenet and G. A. Camara, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 22641
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TA05036D

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