Project Details Recent advances in electroanalytical techniques: characterization, classification and terminology

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Start Date:
01 August 2002
End Date:
01 March 2013
Division Name:
Analytical Chemistry Division
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Revision and updating of an old IUPAC document (Pure Appl. Chem.,45(2), 81-97, 1976) on classification, characterization and nomenclatureof electroanalytical techniques. The product will be a unified computerreadable compilation to facilitate the future updating of the Orangebook and relevant terms in the Gold Book.


An old IUPAC technical report: “Classification and Nomenclature of Electroanalytical Techniques (Rules Approved 1975)”, Pure Appl. Chem., 45(2), 81-97, 1976, has not been updated for over two decades. Accordingly, the material based on this document embodied in Chapter 8 of the IUPAC “Orange book” is out of date. During this period, several electroanalytical techniques lost their importance (e.g., differential voltammetry or Kalousek polarography) while new techniques have been developed and have found widespread use (e.g., impedance spectroscopy or combined techniques, such as simultaneous electrochemistry and piezoelectric microgravimetry at an electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance).

Therefore, there is a clear need for a modern and updated document concerning the characterization, classification and recommendation of the relevant terminology for the new currently used electroanalytical techniques.


The task group leader (W. Kutner) and two task group members (C. M.A. Brett and K. Winkler) met at the 55th Annual Meeting of the InternationalSociety of Electrochemistry (19-24 Sep 2004) and discussed all issuesrelevant to the project.
It is projected that documents will be ready for external review aroundmid 2005.
> Nov 2004 report update (pdffile – 9KB)

> July 2007 report update (pdffile – 9KB)
Two scientists with previous experiences with IUPAC activity have beenadded in the task group: Prof. Erno Lindner (University of Memphis,TN, USA) will upgrade potentiometric techniques and Prof. Alan M. Bond(Monash University, Australia) will upgrade voltammetric techniques.

Chem.Int.25(2), 2003>


> Mar 2013 – Electroanalytical chemistry for the analysis of solids: Characterization and classification (IUPAC Technical Report) published in Pure Appl. Chem., 2013, Vol. 85, No. 3, pp. 609-631;

project completed

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