I am investigating the current output from an electrochemical cell. The electrochemical cell can be broken down into several stages, for example:
- Diffusion of reactants across a capillary
- Diffusion in aqueous electrolyte
- Adsorption and desorption at the electrode
- Current generated due to anodic and cathodic though the Butler-Volmer Equation
From the readings I have done so far, current will be generated at each of these stages due to transfer of electrons. However, most authors will introduce the concept of limiting current at the rate determining step and neglect the remainder current generated from other stages.
If so, is it possible to obtain the total current output by summing the limiting current in each individual stages of the entire chemical reaction? Or focusing on solely the limiting current of the rate determining step will give a good approximation?