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Voltammetric behaviour and trace determination of copper at a mercury-free screen-printed carbon electrode

Honeychurch, Kevin C.; Hawkins, Daniel M.; Hart, John P.; Cowell, David C.


Daniel M. Hawkins

David C. Cowell


Screen-printed carbon electrodes (SPCEs), without chemical modification, have been investigated as disposable sensors for the measurement of trace levels of Cu2+. Cyclic voltammetry was employed to elucidate the electrochemical behaviour of Cu2+ at these electrodes in a variety of 2 supporting electrolytes. For all of the electrolytes studied the anodic peaks, obtained on the reverse scans, showed that the Cu2+ had been deposited as a thin layer on the surface of the SPCE. The anodic peak of greatest magnitude was obtained in 0.1 M malonic acid. The possibility of determining Cu2+ at trace levels using this medium was examined by differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry (DPASV). The effect of Bi3+, Cd2+, Fe3+, Hg22+, Pb2+, Sb3+ and Zn2+ on the Cu stripping peak was examined and under the conditions employed, only Hg22+ was found to significantly effect the response gained. The sensors were evaluated by carrying out Cu2+ determinations on spiked and unspiked serum and water samples. The mean recovery was found in all cases to be > 90% and the performance characteristics indicated the method holds promise for trace Cu2+ levels by employment of Hg-free SPCEs using DPASV. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.


Honeychurch, K. C., Hawkins, D. M., Hart, J. P., & Cowell, D. C. (2002). Voltammetric behaviour and trace determination of copper at a mercury-free screen-printed carbon electrode. Talanta, 57(3), 565-574.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 24, 2002
Deposit Date Aug 6, 2010
Journal Talanta
Print ISSN 0039-9140
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 57
Issue 3
Pages 565-574
Keywords screen-printed carbon electrodes, copper, differential pulse stripping voltammetry, mercury-free
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