Significance of wave form parameters in stripping chronopotentiometric metal speciation analysis

R.M. Town, H.P. van Leeuwen

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An analysis is presented of the significance of stripping chronopotentiometric (SCP) stripping peak parameters (peak potential, Ep, and peak half-width, w1/2) for determination of metal ion speciation. This study focuses on depletive SCP (low stripping current, I¿ constant), and considers the change in Ep and w1/2 in the presence of complexing and/or adsorbing ligands at both a conventional mercury drop electrode (HMDE) and a micro mercury droplet. We show that at a microelectrode, or at sufficiently long deposition time at a HMDE, the changes in Ep and w1/2 can be related to metal speciation in the bulk solution. Unlike transient stripping voltammetric methods such as DP-SV, depletive SCP is applicable even in the presence of adsorption of ligand and induced metal ion adsorption.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-25
JournalJournal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • fulvic substances
  • stability-constants
  • mercury-electrode
  • humic substances
  • lead
  • complexes
  • copper
  • adsorption
  • acid
  • interface

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