Copper is one of the few metals which is available in nature also in its metallic form. This and the fact that it is rather easy to smelt led to intense use of this metal already in the so-called Copper and Bronze Age. Nowadays, it is more important than ever, because of its good electrical conductivity and its other physical properties. For plants and animals, it is an essential trace element; for bacteria, in contrast, it is highly toxic.
This Application Bulletin describes the determination of copper by anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV) using the scTRACE Gold electrode. With a deposition time of 30 s, the limit of detection is about 0.5 μg/L.