The electrochemical behavior of magnetite (Fe3O4) aggregates with submicrometric size is investigated. Specifically, cyclic voltammetry tests were performed in both acidic (pH ∼ 4.5) and alkaline (pH ∼ 12.8) solutions, exploiting a conventional three-electrode cell. In the first case, the working electrode was made of a glassy carbon substrate loaded with magnetite nanoaggregates, forming a continuous film. In a second configuration, magnetite nanoaggregates were dispersed in solution, kept under stirring, as a fluidized electrode. The latter approach showed an increase in the electrochemical response of the particles, otherwise limited by the reduced active area as in the former case. Electrochemical-atomic force microscopy (EC-AFM) investigation was carried out in an acidic environment, showing the topography evolution of nanoaggregates during the electrochemical characterization. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis was carried out to evaluate the microstructural variation in the Fe3O4 electrodes after cathodic polarization tests in an alkaline environment.

Electrochemical Characterization of Magnetite (Fe3O4) Nanoaggregates in Acidic and Alkaline Solutions

Accogli, Alessandra;Bertoli, Luca;Panzeri, Gabriele;Gibertini, Eugenio;Pesce, Ruggiero;Bussetti, Gianlorenzo;Magagnin, Luca
2021-01-01

Abstract

The electrochemical behavior of magnetite (Fe3O4) aggregates with submicrometric size is investigated. Specifically, cyclic voltammetry tests were performed in both acidic (pH ∼ 4.5) and alkaline (pH ∼ 12.8) solutions, exploiting a conventional three-electrode cell. In the first case, the working electrode was made of a glassy carbon substrate loaded with magnetite nanoaggregates, forming a continuous film. In a second configuration, magnetite nanoaggregates were dispersed in solution, kept under stirring, as a fluidized electrode. The latter approach showed an increase in the electrochemical response of the particles, otherwise limited by the reduced active area as in the former case. Electrochemical-atomic force microscopy (EC-AFM) investigation was carried out in an acidic environment, showing the topography evolution of nanoaggregates during the electrochemical characterization. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis was carried out to evaluate the microstructural variation in the Fe3O4 electrodes after cathodic polarization tests in an alkaline environment.
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