Xenic Acid: Reduction at the Dropping-Mercury Electrode

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Science  20 Mar 1964:
Vol. 143, Issue 3612, pp. 1324
DOI: 10.1126/science.143.3612.1324


Xenic acid is reduced at the dropping-mercury electrode in a single step to xenon. The half-wave potential for the reduction of xenic acid changes from approximately -0.10 to -0.360 volt against a saturated Hg2SO4-Hg reference electrode in the pH range 4.60 to 8.00. The diffusion current varies linearly with concentration of xenic acid.