EQCM study on pulse current Pt electrodeposition

I. Te Lu, Yu Chi Hsieh, Po Chun Chen*, Pu-Wei Wu

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Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Microbalance (EQCM) was used to investigate the events occurring during current-on (Ton) and current-off (Toff) for pulse current electrodeposition of Pt in both air and Ar atmospheres. The EQCM profiles indicated a transient mass loss when the current was turned on, followed by a linear mass gain associated with the Pt electrodeposition from the H2PtCl6 plating bath. During the Toff, the mass revealed a steady increase until it leveled off after 10 sec. The minute transient mass loss during the initial stage of Ton was attributed to the reduction of the adsorbed PtCl62- whereas the mass gain during the Toff was due to the absorption of PtCl62- onto the freshly-deposited Pt surface. In air atmosphere, the parasitic oxygen reduction reaction consumed part of the reduction current and thus, reduced the Pt plating efficiency by 6%. In addition, smaller mass gains during Toff and Ton were observed for the Pt plating in air atmosphere.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10199-10209
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Electrochemical Science
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • EQCM
  • Electrodeposition efficiency
  • Platinum
  • Pulse current electrodeposition

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