Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1982, 47, 2838-2848

Distinguishing some types of one-electron reversible processes according to different polarographic wave forms

Antonín Vítek and Josef Krupička

Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, 166 10 Prague 6


Based on different shapes of polarographic one-electron waves influenced by preceding or follow-up dimerization reactions, a computational diagnostic method for distinguishing various types of the corresponding reaction mechanisms was elaborated, based on approximate relations between current and applied voltage. It enables one to evaluate statistically the distinguishing of a simple reversible reduction from a reduction accompanied by a rapid dimerization either in the adsorbed state on the electrode or in its vicinity. Factors influencing the selectivity of the method are discussed.