Product analysis from D<inf>2</inf>O electrolysis with Pd and Ti cathodes

E. Brillas, J. Esteve, G. Sardin, J. Casado, X. Domènech, J. A. Sánchez-Cabeza

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The enrichment of tritium in the electrolyte and incorporation of T, Li and Pt in cathodes during the electrolysis of 0.1 M LiOD solutions with Pd and Ti cathodes in open cells have been studied. All electrolytes show an increase in their tritium activity which is explained by considering values for the T-D separation factor of all cathodes lower than 1. Accumulation of small amounts of T in the Pd bulk, proceeding from the absorption of the species pre-existing in the electrolyte, has been detected by electrolytic transfer of accumulated tritium to a 0.1 M LiOH solution, as well as by extraction of gases absorbed in the cathode, which were identified by mass spectrometry. Small quantities of Li and Pt are also incorporated in Pd and Ti cathodes, which increase by raising the current density. SIMS analysis of both cathodes show a preferential accumulation of Li and H in their surface layers and confirms the absence of T in Ti. © 1991.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-219
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992


  • D O electrolysis 2
  • Pd cathode
  • SIMS.
  • Ti cathode
  • tritium analysis


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