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Title (Primary) Combining hydrogen evolution and corrosion data - A case study on the economic viability of selected metal cathodes in microbial electrolysis cells
Author Brown, R.K.; Schmidt, U.C.; Harnisch, F.; Schröder, U.;
Journal Journal of Power Sources
Year 2017
Department UMB;
Volume 356
Language englisch;
POF III (all) R31; T41;
Keywords Microbial electrolysis cell; Hydrogen evolution reaction; Electrode corrosion; Economic assessment
UFZ wide themes RU4;
Abstract In this study, hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) catalytic and corrosion data is determined for selected metal cathode materials. The HER data was gathered using cyclic voltammetry (CV) in electrolytes with several pH values and varying current densities. Of the tested materials, the stainless steel alloy EN 1.4401/AISI 316 generally had the lowest HER overpotentials at the pH values 0.25, 7 and 9. At the higher pH values of 11 and 14 a custom NiMoFe alloy with a m/m% composition of 60-30-10 showed the lowest overpotentials. After each CV experiment, the electrolyte solution was analyzed to determine the corrosion of the metal cathodes. Results of corrosion measurements showed that the stainless steels EN 1.4401 had the lowest corrosion losses on average across all tested pH values. Combining HER and corrosion data revealed that: In the pH 9 electrolyte solution, EN 1.4401 was not always the best catalyst in terms of its overpotential, but it incurs the least material costs due to its lack of corrosion, this balance thereby making it the “best choice” under the given conditions. The combination of HER and corrosion data provides a more effective framework for discussing economic viability than either data set alone.
ID 18551
Persistent UFZ Identifier http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=18551
Brown, R.K., Schmidt, U.C., Harnisch, F., Schröder, U. (2017):
Combining hydrogen evolution and corrosion data - A case study on the economic viability of selected metal cathodes in microbial electrolysis cells
J. Power Sources 356 , 473 - 483