3 years ago

Hydrogen Evolution Reaction on Nanostructures Electrodes—a Scenario on Stepped Silver Surfaces

M. F. Juárez, E. P. M. Leiva, E. Santos, O. A. Oviedo, A. Ruderman, M. Ávila

Abstract

We have investigated the scenario for the hydrogen evolution reaction at stepped silver surfaces in acid solutions at high overpotentials using a simple kinetic model. Two independent types of sites, at the steps and at the terraces, were considered. The rate constants for the Volmer and Heyrovsky reactions were estimated. Both reactions occur with rate constant about two orders of magnitude larger at step sites than at terrace sites. Calculations of the activation energy for these reactions using our theory of electrocatalysis give similar results.

Graphical Abstract

Volmer reaction at terrace and step sites. Solvent interactions of the proton when approaches the surface

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12678-017-0371-0

DOI: 10.1007/s12678-017-0371-0

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