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Electrochemical Formation Of Polyaniline In Selenic Acid
Published 1996 · Chemistry
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The electrochemical formation of polyaniline (PAn) was investigated in selenic acid. The cyclic voltammetry of selenate in the potential window from -0.15 to 0.8 V, indicates that the electropolymerization of aniline is not affected by the oxidizing ability of selenic acid. The growth rate of PAn observed at a potential of 0.8 V in a solution of 0.1 M aniline in 0.2 M H 2 SeO 4 was comparable with that in 0.2 M H 2 SO 4 . However, the PAn growth in H 2 SeO 4 during successive potential cycles between -0.15 and 0.8 V was much lower than that in H 2 SO 4 . In cyclic voltammograms, the first reduction peak for PAn was enhanced by the presence of selenate ions, possibly due to the deposition of elemental selenium catalyzed by the polymer film. The deposition of metallic selenium on the PAn film greatly inhibited the growth of the polymer during successive potential cycling between -0.15 and 0.8 V.