Analysis of lead and zinc by mercury-free potentiometric stripping analysis

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A method is presented for trace-element analysis of lead and zinc by potentiometric stripping analysis (PSA) where both the glassy-carbon working electrode and the electrolyte are free of mercury. Analysis of zinc requires an activation of the glassy-carbon electrode. The activation is performed by pre-concentrating zinc on glassy carbon at -1400 mV(SCE) in a mercury-free electrolyte containing 0.1 M HCl and 2 ppm Zn2+, followed by stripping at approx. -1050 mV. A linear relationship between stripping peak areas, recorded in the derivative mode, and concentration was found in the range 0- 2000 ppb.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1001-1012
Number of pages12
JournalAnalytical Letters
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical
  • Electrochemistry


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