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Electrochemistry: Applications in Inorganic Chemistry

  1. H. Holden Thorp

Published Online: 15 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia067

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

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Holden Thorp, H. 2006. Electrochemistry: Applications in Inorganic Chemistry . Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

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  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2006

Abstract

Because of the redox versatility of many transition metal complexes, electrochemical methods are an important part of the inorganic chemist's experimental repertoire. This article centers mostly on the use of cyclic voltammetry, where current is measured as the potential is varied linearly with time. Cyclic voltammetry is the primary method used by inorganic chemists, but many pulsed voltammetric provide complementary, and often useful, information. Theoretical methods now offer the means to calculate redox potentials of metal complexes, which can be correlated with values determined by cyclic voltammetry. Digital simulation techniques also now provide the ability to determine mechanistic information from voltammograms by directly calculating expected responses based on input mechanisms. Frontier applications of electrochemistry in inorganic chemistry involve the application of redox cycling to molecular memory.

Keywords:

  • cyclic voltammetry;
  • digital simulation;
  • DNA oxidation;
  • electron transfer;
  • molecular memory;
  • density functional theory;
  • redox potentials