Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, Vol.25, No.5, 450-455, 1995
Mass-Transport to Reticulated Vitreous Carbon Rotating Cylinder Electrodes
Mass transport to rotating cylinder electrodes (radius 0.5 cm and height 1,2 cm) fabricated from reticulated vitreous carbon (RVCRCE) was investigated using linear sweep voltammetry in a 0.5 M Na2SO4 + 1 mM CuSO4 electrolyte at pH2. At a fixed cupric ion concentration the limiting current was found to be dependent upon velocity to the power 0.55 to 0.71 depending upon the porosity grade of the carbon foam. The product of mass transport coefficient and specific electrode area, k(m)A(e), was found to be approximately 0.51 s(-1) at 157 rad s(-1) (corresponding to 1500 rpm) for the 100 ppi material. The experimental data are compared to the predicted performance of a hydrodynamically smooth rotating disc electrode (RDE) and rotating cylinder electrode (RCE).