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Hydrogen production by electrolysis of a phosphate solution on a stainless steel cathode

De Silva Munoz, Leonardo and Bergel, Alain and Féron, Damien and Basséguy, Régine Hydrogen production by electrolysis of a phosphate solution on a stainless steel cathode. (2010) International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 35 (16). 8561-8568. ISSN 0360-3199

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/J.IJHYDENE.2010.05.101


The catalytic properties of phosphate species, already shown on the reduction reaction in anaerobic corrosion of steels, are exploited here for hydrogen production. Phosphate species work as a homogeneous catalyst that enhances the cathodic current at mild pH values. A voltammetric study of the hydrogen evolution reaction is performed using phosphate solutions at different concentrations on 316L stainless steel and platinum rotating disk electrodes. Then, hydrogen is produced in an electrolytic cell using a phosphate solution as the catholyte. Results show that 316L stainless steel electrodes have a stable behaviour as cathodes in the electrolysis of phosphate solutions. Phosphate (1 M,pH 4.0/5.0) as the catholyte can equal the performance of a KOH 25%w solution with the advantage of working at mild pH values. The use of phosphate and other weak acids as catalysts of the hydrogen evolution reaction could be a promising technology in the development of electrolysis units that work at mild pH values with low-cost electrodes and construction materials.

Item Type:Article
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HAL Id:hal-03549021
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives - CEA (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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Deposited On:23 May 2012 14:08

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