Iron (total) in ethylene glycol with 2,3 dihydroxynaphthalene

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The concentration of Fe(total) is determined in monoethylene glycol by adsorptive stripping voltammetry with 2,3-dihydroxy-naphthalene as complexing agent. The detection limit of the method is approx. 0.1 µg/L with respect to the content in the measuring vessel. If no bromate is added to the supporting electrolyte the sensitivity of the method is about 10 times lower. All reagents have to be added in the order as listed below. Fe(II) and Fe(III) give signals with the same sensitivity. All reagents typically contain iron impurities, especially the 2,3-dihydroxy-naphthalene. Therefore a subtraction of the reagent blank is recommended.