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Enhanced ammonia oxidation on BDD induced by inhibition of oxygen evolution reaction

Electrochemical oxidation of ammonia (NH3 and NH4+) on boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrode was studied using differential electrochemical mass-spectrometry (DEMS) and chronoamperometry. Electro-oxidation of ammonia induces inhibition of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) due to adsorption of the ammonia oxidation products on the BDD surface. The inhibition of the OER enhances ammonia electro-oxidation, which becomes the main reaction. The amino radicals, formed during ammonia oxidation, trigger a reaction chain in which molecular oxygen dissolved in solution is involved in the ammonia electro-oxidation. Nitrogen, nitrous oxide, and nitrogen dioxide were detected as the ammonia oxidation products, with nitrogen being the main gaseous product of the oxidation. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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