The activity of Pt(111) electrodes for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in 0.5M H2SO4 solution is found to increase with continuous potential cycling in the HER potential region. In addition, the basic cyclic voltammograms obtained in 0.5M H2SO4 saturated with N2 after HER show several characteristic changes: the current waves for hydrogen adsorption in the region of0.2 < E < 0.35 V and for sulfate adsorption at 0.35 < E < 0.5 V decrease and the current spike at 0.44 V for the phase transition of the sulfate adlayer gradually disappears. We suggest that these changes are caused by the absorption of a small amount of hydrogen in the subsurface layer and propose a mechanism by which this enhances hydrogen evolution.
Catalysis of hydrogen evolution on Pt(111) by absorbed hydrogen
Note: This paper is part of the JCP Special Topic on The Chemical Physics of the Electrode–Electrolyte Interface.
Jie Wei, Zheng-da He, Wei Chen, Yan-Xia Chen, Elizabeth Santos, Wolfgang Schmickler; Catalysis of hydrogen evolution on Pt(111) by absorbed hydrogen. J. Chem. Phys. 14 November 2021; 155 (18): 181101. https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0072069
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