Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1991, 56, 90-95

Electrode kinetics of the system V(III)/V(II) in aqueous dimethylsulphoxide

Libuše Kišová, Libor Reichstädter and Jaro Komenda

Department of Theoretical and Physical Chemistry, Masaryk University, 611 37 Brno


The rate constants for the reduction of V(III) and oxidation of V(II) were measured on a mercury electrode in water and water-dimethylsulphoxide mixtures. Their dependance on the concentration of DMSO differs from that in mixtures of water with an organic solvent of lower basicity. This can be attributed to the existence of different solvates of vanadium in solutions and to different values of the rate constant for these solvates on the electrode surface at different coverages with the organic component. The influence of DMSO both in the primary solvation sphere and in the electrode double layer on the electrode reaction rate is discussed.