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A simple and effective method for the accurate extraction of kinetic parameters using differential Tafel plots

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Khadke, Prashant ; Tichter, Tim ; Boettcher, Tim ; Muench, Falk ; Ensinger, Wolfgang ; Roth, Christina:
A simple and effective method for the accurate extraction of kinetic parameters using differential Tafel plots.
In: Scientific Reports. Vol. 11 (2021) Issue 1 .
ISSN 2045-2322
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-87951-z

Abstract in another language

The practice of estimating the transfer coefficient (α) and the exchange current (i0) by arbitrarily placing a straight line on Tafel plots has led to high variance in these parameters between different research groups. Generating Tafel plots by finding kinetic current, ik from the conventional mass transfer correction method does not guarantee an accurate estimation of the α and i0. This is because a substantial difference in values of α and i0 can arise from only minor deviations in the calculated values of ik. These minor deviations are often not easy to recognise in polarisation curves and Tafel plots. Recalling the IUPAC definition of α , the Tafel plots can be alternatively represented as differential Tafel plots (DTPs) by taking the first order differential of Tafel plots with respect to overpotential. Without further complex processing of the existing raw data, many crucial observations can be made from DTP which is otherwise very difficult to observe from Tafel plots. These for example include a) many perfectly looking experimental linear Tafel plots (R2 > 0.999) can give rise to incorrect kinetic parameters b) substantial differences in values of α and i0 can arise when the limiting current (iL) is just off by 5% while performing the mass transfer correction c) irrespective of the magnitude of the double layer charging current (ic), the Tafel plots can still get significantly skewed when the ratio of i0/ic is small. Hence, in order to determine accurate values of α and i0, we show how the DTP approach can be applied to experimental polarisation curves having well defined iL, poorly defined iL and no iL at all.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Engineering Science > Chair Electrochemical Process Engineering > Chair Electrochemical Process Engineering - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christina Roth
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 540 Chemistry
600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 620 Engineering
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2021 09:10
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2021 09:10
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/64944