Comparison of mercury vapor pressure of silver amalgam-based electrode materials using AAS

Ivan Jiranek, Vaclav Cerveny, Jiri Barek, Petr Rychlovsky

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Nowadays, several amalgam-based electrodes are commonly used in electrochemistry as a less toxic alternative to mercury electrodes. Therefore, a comparison of the mercury vapor pressure of several silver amalgam-based electrode materials with the mercury vapor pressure of liquid mercury and of dental amalgam using AAS was done in this study. Method was optimized to get the highest mercury signal. Results showed that the mercury vapor pressure of amalgam-based electrode materials not containing liquid mercury is far lower than the mercury vapor pressure of liquid mercury (about two orders of signal magnitude) and comparable with mercury vapor pressure of dental amalgam.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1387-1399
Number of pages13
JournalAnalytical Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • Amalgam electrodes
  • Atomic absorption spectroscopy
  • Dental amalgam
  • Mercury vapor pressure
  • Silver amalgam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Biochemistry, medical

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