Thallium in the presence of an excess of cadmium in zinc plant electrolytes (concentrated ZnSO4 solutions)

Thallium and cadmium can be determined by anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV) at the HMDE (Tl) and polarography at the DME (Cd), respectively using aqueous hydrochloric acid as supporting electrolyte. Since Cd is present in high excess and would therefore interfere with the determination of thallium, a post electrolysis procedure is applied to remove the co-deposited metal from the mercury drop.