Talanta, 2001, (In Press)

Voltammetric Measurement of Arsenic in Natural Waters

Rosemary Feeney and Samuel P. Kounaves*
Department of Chemistry, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts 02155


     There are several U.S.EPA approved methodologies for the determination of arsenic in ground water.  Such technologies are lab-based, time intensive and can lead to a large capital cost for multi-sample analysis.  In light of the number of sites found to contain arsenic at levels higher that the maximum contaminant level (MCL), on-site screening and monitoring systems are an attractive alternative.  This review article summarizes several examples in the recent literature to illustrate the breadth of work in voltammetric analysis of arsenic in environmental samples.  Included are recent voltammetric results, obtained with a microfabricated gold array and a field portable potentiostat, at an arsenic contaminated site in southern New Jersey.