Low-level determination of silicon in steels by anodic stripping voltammetry on a hanging mercury drop electrode

André Rahier, Sabrina Lunardi, F. Nicolle, S.M. George, Frank Druyts

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The sensitive differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry (DPASV) has been improved to allow the accurate measurement of silicon on a hanging mercury drop electrode (HMDE) instead of a glassy carbon electrode.We assessed the rate of formation of the partially reduced _-silicododecamolybdate and found that metallic mercury promotes the reaction in the presence of a large concentration of Fe3+. The limit of detection (LOD) of the method described in the present paper is 100_g Sig−1 of steel, with a relative precision ranging from 5% to 12%. It can be further enhanced to 700 ng Si g−1 of steel provided the weight of the sample, the dilution factors, the duration of the electrolysis and the ballast of iron are adequately revised. The tolerance to several interfering species has been examined, especially regarding Al3+, Cr3+ and Cr VI species. The method was validated using four low-alloy ferritic steels certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Its application to nickel base alloys as well as to less complicated matrixes is straightforward. It has also been successfully applied to the determination of free silicon into silicon carbide nano-powder.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1839-1844
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2010

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