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Chapter A6. Section 6.5. Reduction-Oxidation Potential (Electrode Method)

June 20, 2007

Reduction-oxidation (redox) potential--also referred to as Eh--is a measure of the equilibrium potential, relative to the standard hydrogen electrode, developed at the interface between a noble metal electrode and an aqueous solution containing electroactive chemical species. Measurements of Eh are used to evaluate geochemical speciation models, and Eh data can provide insights on the evolution and status of water chemistry in an aqueous system. Nevertheless, the measurement is fraught with inherent interferences and limitations that must be understood and considered to determine applicability to the aqueous system being studied. For this reason, Eh determination is not one of the field parameters routinely measured by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). This section of the National Field Manual (NFM) describes the equipment and procedures needed to measure Eh in water using a platinum electrode. Guidance as to the limitations and interpretation of Eh measurement also is included. Each chapter of the National Field Manual is published separately and revised periodically. Newly published and revised chapters will be announced on the USGS Home Page on the World Wide Web under 'New Publications of the U.S. Geological Survey.'

Citation Information

Publication Year 2005
Title Chapter A6. Section 6.5. Reduction-Oxidation Potential (Electrode Method)
DOI 10.3133/twri09A6.5
Authors D. Kirk Nordstrom, Franceska D. Wilde
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Techniques of Water-Resources Investigations
Series Number 09-A6.5
Index ID twri09A6.5
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization U.S. Geological Survey

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