Energetic characterizations of particulate RbPb2Nb3O10 electrodes

Yea Wenn Liou*, Chong Mou Wang

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Electrochemical studies on layered perovskite lead niobates, RbPb2Nb3O10 and HPb2Nb3O10, were carried out. Mott-Schottky plot analysis suggests these materials are n-type semiconductors; the flatband potentials (pH 0) of RbPb2Nb3O10, HPb2Nb3O10, and Pt/loaded HPb2Nb3O10 (with Pt(NH3)42+, denoted Ptin/HPb2Nb3O10) are estimated to be -0.14, -0.08, and 0.07 V us. SCE, respectively, and shifted negatively by ca. 60 mV per pH unit. Electrochemical probing with Fe(CN)63-/4-, Ru(NH3)63+/2+ and MV2+/+/0 not only confirms these results but suggests proton reduction is much favored at HPb2Nb3O10 over RbPb2Nb3O10. This proton reduction is significantly facilitated by the internal platinum loadings (with Pt(NH3)42+); however, external platinization with PtCl62- does not give a similar catalytic effect. Admittance analysis suggests midgap states are populated in the interior of HPb2Nb3O10. With these inner surface states, electron transfer is greatly eased and a favorable proton reduction results at the HPb2Nb3O10 particles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1492-1498
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1996 May

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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