Electrochemical nucleation and growth of cobalt nanoparticles on aluminium was investigated by potentiostatic electrodeposition from cobalt sulphate solutions buffered with boric acid. At sufficiently low overpotential, the experimental current transients could be fairly reproduced by a mathematical model describing nucleation and growth under mixed kinetic-diffusion control, yielding an estimated number of particles per surface area in agreement with the SEM analysis of the deposits. However, the model gave estimates for the charge-transfer kinetic constant several orders of magnitude lower as compared to the Tafel analysis of cobalt electrodeposition on a previously electrodeposited cobalt film. This deviation can be explained by the inhibition of the direct attachment of metal ions, which can be induced by the adsorption of hydrogen onto cobalt particles and/or the formation of stable nanocluster aggregates. The implemented model failed to reproduce the current transients generated at larger overpotential values. A revision of the implemented mathematical model overcoming this limitation is proposed.

Electrodeposition of cobalt nanoparticles: an analysis of the mechanisms behind the deviation from three-dimensional diffusion-control / Altimari, P.; Schiavi, P. G.; Rubino, A.; Pagnanelli, F.. - In: JOURNAL OF ELECTROANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY. - ISSN 1572-6657. - 851:(2019), pp. 113413-113426. [10.1016/j.jelechem.2019.113413]

Electrodeposition of cobalt nanoparticles: an analysis of the mechanisms behind the deviation from three-dimensional diffusion-control

Altimari P.
;
Schiavi P. G.;Rubino A.;Pagnanelli F.
2019

Abstract

Electrochemical nucleation and growth of cobalt nanoparticles on aluminium was investigated by potentiostatic electrodeposition from cobalt sulphate solutions buffered with boric acid. At sufficiently low overpotential, the experimental current transients could be fairly reproduced by a mathematical model describing nucleation and growth under mixed kinetic-diffusion control, yielding an estimated number of particles per surface area in agreement with the SEM analysis of the deposits. However, the model gave estimates for the charge-transfer kinetic constant several orders of magnitude lower as compared to the Tafel analysis of cobalt electrodeposition on a previously electrodeposited cobalt film. This deviation can be explained by the inhibition of the direct attachment of metal ions, which can be induced by the adsorption of hydrogen onto cobalt particles and/or the formation of stable nanocluster aggregates. The implemented model failed to reproduce the current transients generated at larger overpotential values. A revision of the implemented mathematical model overcoming this limitation is proposed.
2019
cobalt nanoparticles; diffusion control; electrodeposition; mixed kinetic-diffusion control; nucleation; three-dimensional growth
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Electrodeposition of cobalt nanoparticles: an analysis of the mechanisms behind the deviation from three-dimensional diffusion-control / Altimari, P.; Schiavi, P. G.; Rubino, A.; Pagnanelli, F.. - In: JOURNAL OF ELECTROANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY. - ISSN 1572-6657. - 851:(2019), pp. 113413-113426. [10.1016/j.jelechem.2019.113413]
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