Voltammetry as an alternative tool for trace metal detection in peloid marine sediments

Irena Ciglenečki, Elvira Bura-Nakić, György Inzelt

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Here was demonstrated for the first time a possible application of abrasive stripping voltammetry in the direct measurement of trace metals in anoxic, sulfidic marine sediments (peloid mud) from a small and shallow (0.2-1 m) marine lagoon in Central Dalmatia, Croatia. Trace amounts of sample compounds are transferred to the graphite electrode surface and electrochemical reduction or oxidation processes are followed by the cyclic voltammetry in seawater or 0.55 M NaCl as electrolyte. After a preelectrolysis at potentials ranging from -1.0 to -1.5 V (vs. SCE) a well-defined anodic stripping peak corresponding to the oxidation of metal deposits generated at deposition potentials is obtained around -0.74 V (vs. SCE). The same samples were studied by anodic stripping voltammetry at the Hg electrode and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer (ICP-MS). ICP-MS showed higher concentrations of trace metals such as Al, Fe, Mo, Mn. A relatively high concentration of reduced sulfur species (RSS) (10 -3 M) is determined electrochemically in porewater of the peloid mud, indicating that the magnitude of metal enrichment in the sediments is probably controlled by precipitation with sulfide. The same electroanalytical procedure was used for the solid state phase microanalysis of synthetic zinc, ferrous, manganese and copper sulfides. In all of the investigated sulfides after their preliminary electrolytic reduction to the elementary metals which still confined to the electrode surface, similarly positioned anodic stripping peak to that of the sediment sample is recorded.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1437-1445
Number of pages9
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2007


  • Abrasive stripping voltammetry
  • Anoxic conditions
  • Peloid muds
  • Sulfides
  • Trace metals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry

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