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A thermostated cell for electrochemistry: minimising natural convection and investigating the role of evaporation and radiation

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Abstract

An optimised thermostated electrochemical cell is designed and implemented. This is informed by experimental and computational studies characterizing the extent to which the thermostating of an electrochemical cell via a heated bath can be realised, both with the cell closed and open to the environment. The heat transfer in the system is simulated and probed experimentally; special emphasis is put on heat loss due to radiation and evaporation. Experiments and simulations demonstrate that these two mechanisms of heat transfer lead to a steady temperature in the cell that differs from that of the thermostat by ∼0.1 K. Simulations indicate that spatial inhomogeneities in the stationary temperature drive natural convective flows with a significant velocity. These new physical insights inform the optimization of a new electrochemical cell and its application in measurements of the impact frequency of silver nanoparticles as a function of temperature.

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The article was received on 01 Mar 2018, accepted on 09 Apr 2018 and first published on 10 Apr 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8CP01360H
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, Advance Article
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    A thermostated cell for electrochemistry: minimising natural convection and investigating the role of evaporation and radiation

    X. Li, C. Batchelor-McAuley, J. K. Novev and R. G. Compton, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8CP01360H

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