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Porosity and Thickness Effect of Pd–Cu–Si Metallic Glasses on Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Production and Storage


This contribution places emphasis on tuning pore architecture and film thickness of mesoporous Pd–Cu–Si thin films sputtered on Si/SiO2 substrates for enhanced electrocatalytic and hydrogen sorption/desorption activity and their comparison with the state-of-the-art thin film electrocatalysts. Small Tafel slope of 43 mV dec–1 for 1250 nm thick coatings with 2 µm diameter pores with 4.2 µm interspacing (H2) electrocatalyst with comparable hydrogen overpotentials to the literature suggests its use for standard fuel cells. The largest hydrogen sorption has been attained for the 250 nm thick electrocatalyst on 5 µm pore diameter and 12 µm interspacing (2189 µC cm–2 per CV cycle), making it possible for rapid storage systems. Moreover, the charge transfer resistance described by an equivalent circuit model has an excellent correlation with Tafel slopes. Along with its very low Tafel slope of 42 mV dec–1 10 nm thick H2 pore design electrocatalyst has the highest capacitive response of ∼0.001 S sn cm–2 and is promising to be used as a nano-charger and hydrogen sensor.

Related subjects: Applications & Pathways
Countries: Austria ; Turkey

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