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catalytic current

The faradaic current that is obtained with a solution containing two substances B and A may exceed the sum of the faradaic currents that would be obtained with B and A separately, but at the same concentrations and under the same experimental conditions. In either of the two following situations the increase is termed a catalytic current. B is reduced or oxidized at the electrode-solution interface to give a product B' that then reduces or oxidizes A chemically. The reaction of B with A may yield either B or an intermediate in the overall half-reaction by which B' was obtained from B. In this situation the increase of current that results from the addition of A to a solution of B may be termed a regeneration current. The presence at the electrode-solution interface of one substance, which may be either A or the product A' of its reduction or oxidation, decreases the over-potential for the reduction or oxidation of B. In either case the magnitude of the catalytic current depends on the applied potential. If the current observed with a mixture of A and B is smaller than the sum of the separate currents, the term non-additive current should be used.
PAC, 1985, 57, 1491 (Recommended terms, symbols, and definitions for electroanalytical chemistry (Recommendations 1985)) on page 1494
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8.
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