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On the role of microkinetic network structure in the interplay between oxygen evolution reaction and catalyst dissolution

  • Dam, An Phuc1
  • Papakonstantinou, Georgios1
  • Sundmacher, Kai1, 2
  • 1 Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Sandtorstr.1, Magdeburg, 39106, Germany , Magdeburg (Germany)
  • 2 Otto-Von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Universitätsplatz 2, Magdeburg, 39106, Germany , Magdeburg (Germany)
Published Article
Scientific Reports
Springer Nature
Publication Date
Aug 24, 2020
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-69723-3
Springer Nature


Understanding the pathways of oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and the mechanisms of catalyst degradation is of essential importance for developing efficient and stable OER catalysts. Experimentally, a close coupling between OER and catalyst dissolution on metal oxides is reported. In this work, it is analysed how the microkinetic network structure of a generic electrocatalytic cycle, in which a common intermediate causes catalyst dissolution, governs the interplay between electrocatalytic activity and stability. Model discrimination is possible based on the analysis of incorporated microkinetic network structures and the comparison to experimental data. The derived concept is used to analyse the coupling of OER and catalyst dissolution on rutile and reactively sputtered Iridium oxides. For rutile Iridium oxide, the characteristic activity and stability behaviour can be well described by a mono-nuclear, adsorbate evolution mechanism and the chemical type of both competing dissolution and rate-determining OER-step. For the reactively sputtered Iridium oxide surface, experimentally observed characteristics can be captured by the assumption of an additional path via a low oxidation state intermediate, which explains the observed characteristic increase in OER over dissolution selectivity with potential by the competition between electrochemical re-oxidation and chemical dissolution.

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