Development of Solid Contact Micropipette Zn-Ion Selective Electrode for Corrosion Studies

Ágnes Varga, Lívia Nagy, Javier Izquierdo, István Bitter, Ricardo M. Souto, Géza Nagy

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Micron-size ion selective micropipettes can be used in scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM). They can provide excellent spatial resolution. Unfortunately the resistance of these small sensors is high. Their application needs special shielding and slow scanning rates. Usually their lifetime hardly exceeds a few days. Zinc layer or dispersed zinc particles containing films are often used for providing cathodic protection against corrosion in case of metal surfaces. Therefore, in corrosion studies, measurements of local zinc ion concentration can give important information about the nature of the process. For corrosion studies we needed SECM measuring tips for imaging concentration profiles of Zn 2+ions involved in surface processes. Based on our earlier experience, solid contact micropipettes for selective measurements of Zn 2+ion concentration were prepared with a tip size of a few micrometers. The properties of the micropipettes were investigated. They were also used in SECM imaging. In this paper, details of Zn 2+ion selective microelectrode preparation are described. Data about their properties, lifetime, resistance, and ion activity response are shown. Preliminary findings in SECM imaging of zinc ion concentration profiles are shown. The improvement of the scanning rate achieved by lowering tip resistance is a main advantage in potentiometric SECM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2876-2886
Number of pages11
JournalAnalytical Letters
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2011



  • Corrosion
  • SECM
  • Zinc ion selective electrode

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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