Electrical double layer at the Cu2O/aqueous solution of alkali metal chlorides interface
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Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej
Publication date: 2006-01-01
Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 2006;40(1):161–174
Cuprite, copper oxide (I), is commonly found as an oxidation product of copper sulphides in the upper zones of copper deposits. This oxide in a dispersion form has found wide application. The structure of its double layer at copper oxide/electrolyte solution interface was not described yet because of its relatively high solubility and redox reactions. Experiments, presented in the paper, were performed on the copper oxide sample obtained by reduction of alkaline solution of copper(II) acetate by glucose. Surface charge density measurements were taken by potentiometric titrations taking into account solubility of the oxide. Zeta potential versus pH was calculated from electrophoretic measurements of the Cu2O in 1:1 electrolyte solutions of alkali metal chlorides. Adsorption density of the background electrolyte was measured as a function of pH. To avoid CuCl precipitation all measurements were taken at concentrations lower than 0.001M of Cl-. Basing on surface charge density versus pH dependence the ionization and complexation reaction constants were calculated.