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Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)



First Advisor

Herschel Frye

First Committee Member

Howard K. Zimmerman

Second Committee Member

Milton E. Fuller

Third Committee Member

Donald K. Wedegaertner

Fourth Committee Member

C. E. Wulfman


The literature of polarography is so vast that any new publication in the field is likely to have an impact comparable to that of a raindrop falling on an ocean. If, however, through some alchemy of the imagination, the raindrop transformed to quicksilver and accompanied by discharge of "lightning"; and the "ocean" be a solution under carefully controlled conditions, then the effect may be measurable--even reproducible--and thus subject to rational interpretation. Since Jaroslav Heyrovsky's pioneer work in the early nineteen twenties, many such drops have fallen, bringing the science and art of polarography to its present highly developed state. Though superseded by gas chromatography in current popularity and publication rate in this country, polarography has many devoted followers and an almost inexhaustible and growing literature. Within the field, frontiers now being explored include alternating current polarography, oscillographic polarography, derivative polarography, controlled potential polarography, and non-aqueous systems. The present work is in the latter two categories.



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