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Hydrogen oxidation-mediated current discharge in mesoporous Pt/TiO2 nanocomposite

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posted on 2021-06-24, 19:45 authored by NJ Ray, Eduard KarpovEduard Karpov
Here we report on direct evidence of a correlation between hydrogen-to-water oxidation on mesoporous Pt/TiO2 nanocomposites at room temperature and the conversion of surface-released chemical energy into a stationary electrical current. The Pt phase of this heterojunction device is an electrically continuous 15 nm thick mesh deposited onto a mesoporous TiO2 substrate fabricated with a plasma electrolytic oxidation process. The H2O turnover frequency approaches an asymptotic value associated with the saturation of the Pt/TiO2 interface as the concentration of hydrogen gas is increased. In situ measurements of the reaction-induced current concurrently with mass spectrometry measurements illuminate the polarity switch of the reaction current (from thermionic emission to a reverse steady-state flow) simultaneously with the production of water. Furthermore, a concentration-dependent value of 5 min is measured as the time constant for the adsorption of the initial addition of H2 and H2O formation and desorption.


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Ray, N. J.Karpov, E. G. (2016). Hydrogen oxidation-mediated current discharge in mesoporous Pt/TiO2 nanocomposite. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 8(46), 32077-32082.


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