Exner KS1, Anton J2,3, Jacob T2,3, Over H4.
Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2016 Jun 20;55(26):7501-4. doi: 10.1002/anie.201511804. Epub 2016 May 11.Current progress in modern electrocatalysis research is spurred by theory, frequently based on ab initio thermodynamics, where the stable reaction intermediates at the electrode surface are identified, while the actual energy barriers are ignored. This approach is popular in that a simple tool is available for searching for promising electrode materials. However, thermodynamics alone may be misleading to assess the catalytic activity of an electrochemical reaction as we exemplify with the chlorine evolution reaction (CER) over a RuO2 (110) model electrode. Read More