J. Electrochem. Sci. Eng.  

An improved method of water electrolysis – effect of complexing agent

Seetharaman Swaminathan, Balaji Rengarajan, Ramya Krishnan, Kaveripatnam Samban Dhathathreyan, Manickam Velan


The present work investigates the efficiency of an alkaline water electrolysis process in the presence of a complexing agent like citric acid (CA) when added directly into the electrolyte during the electrolytic process. High surface area nickel electrodes prepared by electrodeposition technique were used as the electrode to evaluate the efficiency of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) by the polarization measurements and cyclic voltammetry. The quantity of the complexing agent CA in the electrolyte was varied from 0-1 wt. %. An increase in the current density of about 25% resulted at a temperature of 30 °C in the presence of 0.2 wt. % of CA at 1.0 V vs. Hg/HgO. CA was found to improve performance by forming a complex with the alloy electrode and by formation of the high surface area catalyst for efficient OER.


Citric acid ; Alkaline water electrolysis; Oxygen evolution reaction; Complexing agent

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