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Cyclic voltammetry

Cyclic Voltammetry (CV), also known as Cyclic Polarization, is the most popular technique for electrochemists. It provides fast information about a system, allows to introduce a time scale and the results are often very visual.

A voltammetry is a technique where the potential is changed and the current is measured. Afterwards the current is plotted versus the potential to create a voltammogram.

A cyclic voltammogram consists of two linear sweeps of the working electrodes potential with two opposed slopes. The slope of the sweeps is equal except for the direction (- / +) and is called Scan Rate. CV is also known as cyclic polarization and could be described as two polarization curves.

The Cyclic Voltammogram is then the plot the two sweep’s current versus the potential.

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