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An in situ electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance study of polycrystalline gold electrodes in nitric acid solution

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  • Steven G. D. Shackleford
  • C Boxall
  • Simon N. Port
  • Robin J. Taylor
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>13/12/2002
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)109-119
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The dissolution and redeposition processes of Au in HNO3 solution at pH 1 and 0 were investigated as a function of sweep rate by in situ EQCM experiments. The results demonstrate that, at pH 1 and vless than or equal to10 mV s(-1), An dissolves through a 3 e(-) oxidation at E > +1.0 V versus saturated calomel electrode (SCE), a process that, at vgreater than or equal to10 mV s(-1), is kinetically hindered with respect to upd of OH surface sublattices and subsequent 2-D-phase oxide formation. The inhibition arises from the presence of a close packed layer of nitrate oxyanions at the gold surface, although the layer is disrupted and the inhibition removed by the Au dissolution and reprecipitation processes that occur during potential cycling at low v. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.