Dynamical Instabilities in Electrochemical Processes

István Z. Kiss, Timea Nagy, Vilmos Gáspár

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Electrochemical cells often exhibit instabilities that can result in temporal current/potential oscillations or large spatial variations of reaction rate over the electrode surface. The complexity arises from the interplay of nonlinear chemical reactions and various physical processes. In this chapter, the characterization, description, and control of these temporal and spatiotemporal phenomena are reviewed. The use of recent experimental and data processing tools is illustrated with different types of self-organized behavior on single-and multielectrode systems. Development in the engineering and control of dynamical instabilities of electrochemical cells is summarized. Examples are provided for uniform and metastable pitting corrosion, electrocatalytic reactions, solid-state and polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, sensors, and some other solid-state electrochemical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSolid State Electrochemistry II
Subtitle of host publicationElectrodes, Interfaces and Ceramic Membranes: First Edition
Number of pages54
ISBN (Print)9783527326389
Publication statusPublished - Apr 27 2011


  • Adaptive control
  • Bifurcation
  • Chaos
  • Chaos control
  • Coupled electrodes
  • Delayed feedback
  • Dynamical instabilities
  • Negative differential resistance systems
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Oscillations
  • Periodic forcing
  • Potentiostatic systems
  • Synchronization
  • Time series analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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    Kiss, I. Z., Nagy, T., & Gáspár, V. (2011). Dynamical Instabilities in Electrochemical Processes. In Solid State Electrochemistry II: Electrodes, Interfaces and Ceramic Membranes: First Edition (pp. 125-178). Wiley-VCH. https://doi.org/10.1002/9783527635566.ch4