The development of new microelectrode gas sensors: an odyssey. Part 2. O2 and CO2 reduction at membrane-covered gold microdisc electrodes

C. E.W. Hahn, H. McPeak, A. M. Bond

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In a previous paper we described the reduction of O2 and CO2, in the presence of each other, at unshielded microdisc electrodes in an aprotic solvent with minimal cross-interference between the competing O2 and CO2 reduction reactions. In this new work, we describe a practical Clark-type membrane-covered sensor for the simultaneous measurement of O2 and CO2. The sensor comprises a gold disc microelectrode, housed in a PTFE holder and covered with a PTFE membrane, with dimethylsulphoxide (DMSO) as the solvent and with a silver quasi-reference electrode. The polarizing voltage is swept from 0 to -2.4 V vs. Ag at a typical sweep rate of 0.25 or 0.5 V s-1 and the O2 and CO2 concentrations are determined from the limiting currents of the well separated O2 and CO2 reduction waves. We demonstrate that the addition of up to 10% v/v H2O to the solvent does not appear to compromise the ability of the sensor to analyse O2 and CO2 simultaneously.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Gold microdisc electrodes
  • Microelectrode gas sensors

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