Investigation of RuO2-IrO2-SnO2 thin film evolution: A thermoanalytical and spectroscopic study

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The thermal evolution process of RuO2-IrO2-SnO 2 mixed oxide thin films of varying noble metal contents has been investigated under in situ conditions by thermogravimetry-mass spectrometry (TG-MS), infrared emission spectroscopy (IR) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). The gel-like films prepared from aqueous solutions of the precursor compounds RuOHCl3, H2IrCl6 and Sn(OH)2(CH 3COO)2-xClx on titanium metal support were heated in an atmosphere containing 20% O2 and 80% Ar up to 600°C. Chlorine evolution takes place in a single step between 320 and 500°C accompanied with the decomposition of the acetate ligand. The decomposition of surface species formed like carbonyls, carboxylates and carbonates occurs in two stages between 200 and 500°C. The temperature of chlorine evolution and that of the final film formation increases with the increase of the iridium content in the films. The anodic peak charge shows a maximum value at 18% iridium content.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-146
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2006


  • Electrocatalysis
  • IrO
  • RuO
  • SnO
  • Sol-gel process
  • Thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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