Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society
Print version ISSN 0103-5053
SILVA, Márcio F. et al. Electrooxidation of ethanol on Pt and PtRu surfaces investigated by ATR surface-enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy. J. Braz. Chem. Soc. [online]. 2012, vol.23, n.5, pp. 831-837. ISSN 0103-5053. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-50532012000500007.
Herein, it was investigated for the first time the electro-oxidation of ethanol on Pt and PtRu electrodeposits in acidic media by using in situ surface enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy with attenuated total reflection (ATR-SEIRAS). The experimental setup circumvents the weak absorbance signals related to adsorbed species, usually observed for rough, electrodeposited surfaces, and allows a full description of the CO coverage with the potential for both catalysts. The dynamics of adsorption-oxidation of CO was accessed by ATR-SEIRAS experiments (involving four ethanol concentrations) and correlated with expressions derived from a simple kinetic model. Kinetic analysis suggests that the growing of the CO adsorbed layer is nor influenced by the presence of Ru neither by the concentration of ethanol. The results suggest that the C-C scission is not related to the presence of Ru and probably happens at Pt sites.
Keywords : ethanol electrooxidation; adsorbed CO; platinum; ruthenium; ATR-SEIRAS.