Anodic dissolution of iron in ammoniacal ammonium carbonate solution

J. W. Lee, K. Osseo-Asare, H. W. Pickering

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The electrochemical behavior of iron has been characterized in aqueous ammoniacal ammonium carbonate solution. Pure iron anodically polarized in He-or O2-saturated 2 kmol m-3NH3+ 1 kmol m-3(NH4)2CO3 solutions exhibits both stable active (E =-650 to-400 mV, SHE) and passive (E =-330 to 1000 mV) regions. A cathodic loop was observed in the potential range of-380 to 100 mV. It is suggested, on the basis of cathodic polarization curves of a graphite electrode in various concentrations of ammoniacal solution, that the cathodic loop is due to oxygen discharge. The addition of CoCO3to the ammoniacal solution has the same effect as oxygen in that it increases the cathodic current and potential range of the cathodic loop and, as such, functions as a strong oxidant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)550-555
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1985

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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