Current oscillation behavior of the O2/O2/- redox couple at a HMDE in non-aqueous aprotic media

Madhu Sudan Saha, Yong Che, Takeyoshi Okajima, Takanori Kiguchi, Yoshiyuki Nakamura, Koichi Tokuda, Takeo Ohsaka

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Electrochemical oscillatory phenomena have been observed in the redox reaction of the O2/O2/- (superoxide ion) couple on a hanging mercury drop electrode (HMDE) in a limited aprotic medium. The current oscillation occurs during the reoxidation process of the electrogenerated O2/-. It has been found that the observed oscillation is really irregular, complicated and affected by the addition of poly(vinyl chloride) as a maximum suppressor as well as many other experimental factors such as solvent, electrode substrate, concentration of O2- in the electrode vicinity and potential scan rate in cyclic voltammetry. The oscillation phenomena have been explained similarly to the maxima in classical polarography (i.e. by streaming phenomena) and in addition, based on the formation-destruction of a passive film on the electrode surface which results in the dissolution of the mercury electrode. The results obtained demonstrate that the electrogeneration and adsorption of O2/- on HMDE are indispensable for the present oscillation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-68
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Current oscillation
  • HMDE
  • Polarographic maxima
  • Superoxide ion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry


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