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Characterising nonuniform electrodeposition and electrodissolution using the novel wire beam electrode method
journal contributionposted on 2004-11-01, 00:00 authored by Mike Yongjun TanMike Yongjun Tan, K Lim
An electrochemically integrated multi-electrode system namely the wire beam electrode (WBE) has been applied as a new method of characterising nonuniform electrodeposition and electrodissolution, by measuring and identifying characteristic patterns in electrodeposition and electrodissolution current distribution maps. Various patterns of electrodeposition current distribution have been obtained from Watts nickel plating and bright acid copper plating baths with the effects of several affecting factors such as bath concentration, temperature, agitation and electrolyte flow. Typical patterns of electrodissolution current distribution have also been detected over a WBE surface under anodic dissolution. This work suggests that the WBE method can be used as a new tool for monitoring, characterising and optimising electrodeposition and electrodissolution processes in the laboratory, and can also be applied as an experimental method to verify the accuracy and completeness of mathematical models for electrodeposition and electrodissolution.