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Cyclic Voltammetry

Electrochemical Techniques

  1. Andrew B. Bocarsly

Published Online: 12 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/0471266965.com050.pub2

Characterization of Materials

Characterization of Materials

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Bocarsly, A. B. 2012. Cyclic Voltammetry. Characterization of Materials. 1–14.

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  1. Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

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  1. Published Online: 12 OCT 2012


The qualitative aspect of cyclic voltammetry has made it a general tool for the evaluation of electrochemical systems. With regard to materials specifically, the technique has found use as a method for investigating the electro-synthesis of materials (including conducting polymers and redox-produced crystalline inorganics), the mechanism of corrosion processes, the electrocatalytic nature of various metallic systems, and the photoelectrochemical properties of semiconducting junctions. Here a general description of the cyclic voltammetric technique is provided along with some examples focusing on materials science applications.


  • cyclic voltammetry;
  • electrochemical cells;
  • potentiostats;
  • electrocatalytic mechanism