Determination of selenium by cathodic stripping voltammetry


In the past, selenium determinations have always been either unreliable or have required complicated methods. However, as selenium is on the one hand an essential trace element (vegetable and animal tissues contain about 10 μg/kg), while on the other hand it is very toxic (threshold value 0.1 mg/m3), it is very important to cover determinations in the micro range. Cathodic stripping voltammetry (CSV) enables selenium to be determined in mass concentrations down to ρ(Se(IV)) = 0.3 μg/L.