Influence of surface activation on the hydrogen permeation properties of PdAg cathode membrane

Z. Jovanović, M. De Francesco, S. Tosti, A. Pozio

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The influence of surface oxidation and hydrogen upload into the Pd0.79Ag0.21membrane on hydrogen permeation was examined by measuring the permeation of: 1) gas-phase H2sent from the electrode back-side and 2) electrolytic H2produced on electrolyte side. It was verified that hydrogen upload into PdAg lattice has positive effect i.e. increases hydrogen permeation, while surface oxides formed during and after electrolysis cycles are the main factors acting on decrease of hydrogen permeation. Particularly, silver oxides are identified as permeation-blocking species. Consequently, several treatments were proposed aiming to reduce electrode deactivation; beside wet chemistry treatments applicable after electrolysis, the in situ electrode reactivation by ultrasonic pulses was presented. © 2011, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15364 - 15371
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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