A porous Teflon ring|solid disk electrode is herein described specifically designed for acquiring online mass spectrometric measurements under well-defined forced convection created by liquid emerging from a circular nozzle impinging on the disk under wall-jet conditions. Measurements were performed for the oxidation of hydrazine, N 2H 4, in a deaerated phosphate buffer electrolyte (pH 7) on Au, a process known to yield dinitrogen as the product. The N2 + ion currents, measured by the mass spectrometer, i(N2 +), as well as the corresponding polarization curves recorded simultaneously displayed very similar s-like shapes when plotted as a function of the potential applied to the Au disk. In fact, the limiting currents observed both electrochemically and spectrometrically were found to be proportional to [N 2H 4]. However, the limiting values of i(N2 +) did not increase monotonically with the flow rate, ν f, reaching instead a maximum and then decreasing to values independent of ν f. This behavior has been attributed in part to hindrances in the mass transport of gases through the porous materials.
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- Analytical Chemistry