Investigation into the speciation of inorganic arsenic in weakly alkaline medium by voltammetry

Elza A. Zakharova, Galina N. Noskova, Marina L. Moskaleva, Elena E. Elesova, Gregory Wildgoose

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The speciation of inorganic forms of arsenic was studied using anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV) at a gold microelectrode in conjunction with photoreduction of As(V). Sodium sulfite (0.1 M) and ammonium buffer (pH≥9.5) were selected as both background electrolyte and photo-reductive reagent. Oxygen was removed by radical chain reactions with sulfite. The proposed speciation method was validated for mixtures of arsenic As(III/V) at concentrations up to 1 mg L−1. The calculated LOD of As(III/V) was 0.06 µg L−1 (3σ, tdep 40 s). Any interference from nitrate anions present at up to millimolar concentration was minimized by their photoreduction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)890-901
Number of pages12
Issue number4
Early online date12 Feb 2015
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015


  • Arsenic speciation
  • Anodic stripping voltammetry
  • Gold microelectrode ensemble
  • Photoreduction
  • Sodium sulfite

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