Using the Nernst-Planck-Poisson model and a detailed reaction mechanism, we studied the hydrogen electrochemical oxidation on a ceria anode. Resistances caused by surface kinetics, and bulk transport of oxide-ion vacancies and electrons are computed individually to identify the dominant resistive process. The effect of operating conditions like temperature and gas-phase composition on the polarization resistance is evaluated and compared with the experimental data obtained by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS). The rate-determining step is found to be the charge-transfer reaction in which hydrogen adsorbs at the surface oxide ions and forms hydroxyls along with the charge-transfer to adjacent cerium ions. Based on the rate-determining step, the exchange-current density is also calculated and validated with the experimental data.
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- Elementary kinetics
- NPP model
- Pattern anodes