Piezo-electrocatalysis – is that a thing?

Franziska Bößl, Ignacio Tudela

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Piezo-electrocatalysis is an emerging new research area that has the potential to convert redundant mechanical vibrations in industrial systems into useful electrocatalytic processes [1-6]. Charges within the piezo-electrocatalyst are polarised due to mechanical stress, leading to enhanced redox reactions on the piezo-electrocatalyst surface. Due to the conversion of mechanical into chemical energy, this new area of research has the potential to create new opportunities
to design miniaturised electrochemical devices. So far, piezo-electrocatalysis has been mainly investigated as a new green technology for dye wastewater treatment [1-5].

However, its promising potential has not been fully exploited as several factors influencing the piezo-electrocatalytic process are still not clear. In this work, we discuss some of the existing issues in the area of piezo-electrocatalysis and how research could benefit from existing knowledge and common practice from other research areas such as general piezoelectricity, sonochemistry and sonoelectrochemistry.

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5 X.Xu, et al., Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 2018, 768, 915.
6 J. Feng, et al., Journal of Catalysis, 2020, 381, 530.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - Sep 2020
Event2020 Scotland and North of England Electrochemistry Symposium - online, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Sep 2020 → …


Conference2020 Scotland and North of England Electrochemistry Symposium
Abbreviated titleButler Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period1/09/20 → …
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