oa South African Journal of Chemistry - Chemical Speciation of Chromium in Various Matrices in South African Terrestrial Water Using an Optimised Adsorptive Stripping Voltammetric Procedure

Volume 54, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0379-4350



Optimization of analytical procedure for the determination of chromium (III)/(VI) speciation is described. A very sensitive adsorptive-catalytic stripping voltammetry method in the presence of diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA) is used for chromium speciation study in surface and ground water with in very different matrices. The effects of various parameters (pH, ligand concentration, potential, collection time, equilibration time,) on the response are optimized. Concentration ratio of chromium (III)/(VI), and interferences from other metals and anions, typical for South African waters, are considered. Results for total chromium determination are compared with atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS) measurements.

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