Two different approaches for the modification of glassy carbon electrodes using a mercury film and mercury-nafion are compared. The mixture of mercury(II) chloride solution with a nafion solution diluted in ethanol is used to coat the polished glassy carbon surface. The modified working electrodes are compared when measuring Pb and Cu in real seawater samples. An optimisation of the parameters during the formation of the films was done to obtain well-defined stripping peaks. The type of inert supporting electrolyte and the pH play an important role on the sensitivity of the measurement. Results for Pb and Cu determinations show the advantages of Hg-nafion modification as an alternative method. These advantages include a shorter modification time, the avoidance of Hg solutions during the formation of the Hg film and an improved sensitivity for Pb determination.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2000|
- Anodic stripping voltammetry
- Mercury film