Effect of acrylonitrile on the electrode processes ivolving copper cations





copper electrodeposition, anodic processes, acrylonitrile, cyclic voltammetry


Based on the results of cyclic voltammetry and study of deposits morphology, it has been shown that acrylonitrile does not have significant effect on the mechanism of Cu2+ + 2ē → Cu0 reaction. This distinguishes acrylonitrile from the unsaturated polyfunctional organic substances (acrylic acid, acrylamide) which forms stable complexes with Cu2+ ions. Acrylonitrile just inhibits cathodic process by adsorbing on the surface of electrode thus blocking its active sites. But the presence of acrylonitrile significantly changes the mechanism of the anodic process. It has been found that acrylonitrile interacts with surface copper atoms thus forming thermodynamically stable [Cu π-AN]0 π‑complexes. Ionization potential of these π‑complexes is more negative if compare to copper atoms. As the result acceleration of anodic process takes place in the low polarization area. However, since the chemisorption is a slow process the presence of acrylonitrile mainly affects dissolution of the first surface layers of copper atoms. Further ionization of copper atoms runs out directly and requires higher polarization.


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