8. Electroanalytical Chemistry

  1. Brian M. Tissue

Published Online: 7 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118647042.ch8

Basics of Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Equilibria

Basics of Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Equilibria

How to Cite

Tissue, B. M. (2013) Electroanalytical Chemistry, in Basics of Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Equilibria, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118647042.ch8

Author Information

  1. Virginia Tech, Department of Chemistry, Blacksburg, VA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 JUL 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470592083

Online ISBN: 9781118647042



  • electroanalytical chemistry;
  • electrochemical cells;
  • half reactions;
  • ion-selective electrodes (ISE);
  • Nernst equation;
  • potentiometry;
  • quantitative measurements;
  • spontaneous redox reactions;
  • standard reduction potentials;
  • voltammetry


The first part of this chapter reviews the terminology and conventions for working with redox reactions. These conventions include using standard reduction potentials and the Nernst equation, and the energetics of electrochemical cells. The chapter uses standard reduction potentials to predict if redox reactions will be spontaneous. The latter part of the chapter describes a variety of electroanalytical methods for making quantitative measurements. The two main variations are: potentiometry—measurement of a voltage under conditions of no current flow, and voltammetry—measurement of a current induced by an applied potential. Any analyte can be detected by potentiometry if a robust ion-selective membrane is available.