Discover Materials (2021-05-01)

Comparing electrochemical analysis and particle induced X-ray emission measurements of Prussian Blue Analogue deposits

  • Scott D. Joffre,
  • Paul A. DeYoung,
  • Jennifer R. Hampton

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 1, no. 1
pp. 1 – 10


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Abstract Prussian Blue Analogues are of major interest for their use in alternative battery technologies due to their charge storing ability with a long life cycle. In this work the Prussian Blue Analogue nickel hexacyanoferrate (Ni-HCF) was produced using an all electrochemical method. Creating charge storing materials with electrochemical processes provides a new approach to the development of battery-like materials. These methods have not been commonly employed because the charge storing material yield is not directly known. The charge storage of the Ni-HCF was characterized with two different methods which provided a measure of the electrochemically active Fe present. These were then compared with the Particle Induced X-ray Emission (PIXE) method which measured the total amount of Fe present. By comparing the electrochemical measurement of active Fe to the total Fe as measured by PIXE, the percentage of material that is active in the charge storage was determined. This enables an independent calculation of the specific charge capacity of the material for comparison to other battery technologies.