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Ethanol electrocatalysis on gold and conducting polymer nanocomposites: A study of the kinetic parameters

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Ethanol electrocatalysis on gold and conducting polymer nanocomposites: A study of the kinetic parameters
Abstract

The study attempts to compare the electrocatalytic effect of gold nanoparticles dispersed conjugated polymers using activation energy, Tafel slopes and reaction orders for the evaluation of their performance. A simple and rapid in situ chemical and electrochemical method was adopted for the synthesis of gold and different conducting polymers nanocomposites on electrode surfaces. The method involves the polymerization of the monomer to yield the polymer nanocomposite film with dispersed gold nanoparticles. Polyaniline, polypyrrole, polythiophene and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) are the four polymers studied in this work. A systematic comparison among the nanocomposites reveals that although all the conducting polymers have good catalytic activity in alkaline medium however polyaniline dispersed with gold nanoparticles has the best catalytic properties among them as evidenced by its very low activation energy, low onset potential and reproducible currents.

Graphical abstractFigure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload as PowerPoint slideHighlights► A novel in situ approach of gold and different conjugated polymer nanocomposites formation. ► Kinetic parameters, i.e. activation energy, Tafel slope, reaction rate of the electrocatalytic reaction were studied in detail. ► Based on kinetic parameters different nanocomposites were judged. ► Effect of impurities and temperature on catalytic activity was also studied.

Keywords
In situ electropolymerization; Catalysis; Electrochemistry; Conducting polymers; Nanocomposite
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Applied Catalysis B: Environmental - Volume 125, 21 August 2012, Pages 271–281
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Catalysis
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