Radiotracer study of adsorption of HSO-4 and SO2-4 ions on a smooth copper electrode in acid and neutral media

L. M. Rice-Jackson, G. Horanyi, A. Wieckowski

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The adsorption of 35S labeled HSO4 and SO2-4 ions was studied in acid (0.1 mol dm-3 HClO4) and neutral (0.05 mol dm-3 KClO4) media at a smooth copper electrode. The experimental results obtained in acid medium and the character of adsorption closely coincide with those reported for copper electrodes with high real surface area. However, the work with the smooth surface shows that absorption is fast, and most probably controlled by diffusion of sulfates to the electrode. In neutral solutions, the extent of absorption does not differ from that obtained in acids despite the fact that in the former environment the anions interact predominantly with a copper oxide or hydroxide surface layer, rather than with a clean metal electrode.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-757
Number of pages5
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 1991


  • adsorption
  • copper
  • radiotracer
  • sulfate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry

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