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b) Cyclic Voltammetry

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    Cyclic voltammetry is one of the most widely used of electroanalytical techniques. Its popularity results from the modest cost of the required instrumentation, the abundance of mechanistic information that it can deliver, and the conceptual simplicity of the data display. We saw in a previous section that the current-potential profile for LSV was peak shaped for an electroactive species undergoing electron transfer. In cyclic voltammetry, the potential scan is reversed at some point beyond the peak, and scanned back in the direction of the initial potential. In the simplest CV experiment, the potential waveform is a triangle, with the initial and final potentials being the same.

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