Selenium in wastewater after UV digestion


Selenium is determined by cathodic stripping voltammetry (CSV) at the hanging mercury drop electrode (HMDE). Se(IV) is deposited on the surface of the mercury drop in sulfuric acid electrolyte under addition of copper ions as Cu xSe y.

Wastewater samples containing organic contaminants have to be digested by UV irradiation before analysis. In addition, the sample has to undergo a second irradiation step at pH 7−9 to reduce Se(VI) to Se(IV), since only Se(IV) is electrochemically active.