Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1989, 54, 64-69

Electroanalytical chemistry of vanadium complexes: Electrochemical oxidation of [V(IV)O(nta)(H2O)]-

Roland Meiera, Gerhard Wernerb and Matthias Ottoc

a Department of Natural Sciences, Technical University of Leipzig, P.O. Box 66, 7030 Leipzig, G.D.R.
b Department of Chemistry, Karl Marx University Leipzig, 7010 Leipzig, G.D.R.
c Department of Chemistry, Bergakademie Freiberg, 9200 Freiberg, G.D.R.


Electrochemical oxidation of [V(IV)O(nta)(H2O)]- (H3nta nitrilotriacetic acid) was studied in aqueous solution by means of cyclic voltammetry, differential pulse polarography, and current sampled DC polarography on mercury as electrode material. In the pH-range under study (5.5-9.0) the corresponding V(V) complex is produced by one-electron oxidation of the parent V(IV) species. The oxidation product is stable within the time scale of cyclic voltammetry. The evaluation of the pH-dependence of the half-wave potentials leads to a pKa value for [V(IV)O(nta)(H2O)]- which is in a good agreement with previous determinations. The measured value for E1/2 is very close to the formal potential E0 calculated via the Nernst equation on the basis of known literature values for log Kox and log Kred, the complex stability constants for the oxidized and reduced form, respectively.