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International Journal of Electrochemistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 735019, 7 pages
Research Article

Determination of Total Germanium in Chinese Herbal Remedies by Square-Wave Catalytic Adsorptive Cathodic Stripping Voltammetry at an Improved Bismuth Film Electrode

1Department of Chemistry, Capital Normal University, 105 North Xisanhuan Road, Beijing 100048, China
2College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 19A Yuquan Road, Beijing 100049, China
3Haozhuang Hospital of Yingze District, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030045, China

Received 1 July 2013; Accepted 12 August 2013

Academic Editor: Sheng S. Zhang

Copyright © 2013 Shangwei Zhong et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A catalytic adsorptive cathodic stripping voltammetric method on an improved bismuth film electrode (BiFE) for the determination of trace germanium in the presence of pyrogallol has been investigated. A well-defined and sensitive stripping peak of Ge(IV)-pyrogallol complex was observed at −0.79 V (versus SCE) in a 0.1 M acetate buffer solution (pH 4.8) at a deposition potential of −0.34 V. The reduction current is catalytically enhanced by adding KBrO3. The experimental variables and potential interference were studied. Compared with the BiFE plated in the solution prepared based on HAc-NaAc without trisodium citrate, the improved BiFE electrodeposited in the solution of HAc-NaAc containing trisodium citrate displayed a better electroanalytical performance for the determination of germanium(IV). Under the optimized conditions, the detection limit of Ge(IV) was 60 ng L−1, and the relative standard deviation (RSD) was 3.73% at 5 μg L−1 level ( ). This method was successfully applied to determine the total germanium in several Chinese herbal remedies.