Electrochemical Synthezis of Co-Rh Alloys
The present work shows results of tests over electrochemical synthesis of Co-Rh alloys from acid chloride electrolytes. Particular attention was devoted to the influence of electrolysis parameters on properties of the deposited alloys, such as the composition, structure and their morphology. The work elaborates also the mechanism responsible for formation of Co-Rh alloys through electroreduction of aquachloro- complexes of Co(II) and Rh(III) in acid environment. The identification of electrode reactions was performed based on voltammetric and electrogravimetric tests. Also, current efficiency of electrolysis was assessed. The electrolyte stability was tested with the use of UV-Vis spectrometry. The potentials range enabling the alloys synthesis was selected based on electrochemical tests. The tests included influence of concentration of Σ[CoClx(H2O)6-x]2-x (x = 0, 1, 2) and Σ[RhCly(H2O)6-y]3-y (y = 4, 5, 6), working electrode potential, electrolyte pH and temperature on the composition, structure and morphology of Co-Rh alloys deposited at potentiostatic conditions. The conducted tests indicate a possibility of alloys synthesis of a wide range of elemental composition and diversified morphology. The performed structural analysis showed a high influence of the synthesis conditions on the structure of the synthesized alloys.
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