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Polarographic or voltammetric analysis was invented about twenty years ago by Jaroslav Heyrovsky, and its subsequent development is largely attributable to his efforts. Its use in analytic chemistry and other fields is due to the fact that when a solution of an electrolye is electrolyzed in a cell consisting of a dropping mercury electrode and a nonpolarizable electrode it is possible to determine from the resulting current-voltage curve both the nature and the concentration of the reducible or oxidizable substance present. Thus it lends itself to the qualitative and quantitative determination of many inorganic and organic substances and radicals. About 400 journal articles have appeared on the subject of polarography, but this is the first monograph on this subject in English. The eight parts include an introduction, discussion of the many theoretical principles involved, apparatus, inorganic and organic analysis, biologic applications, use of platinum electrodes and amperometric titrations. The appendix
Polarography: Polarographic Analysis and Voltammetry Amperometric Titrations. JAMA. 1941;117(23):2015–2016. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820490089040
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