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J. Chem. Educ. 2015, July 29, 92, 1490−1496, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00225.
Cyclic voltammetry (CV) is a popular technique for the study of electrochemical mechanisms because the method can provide useful information on the redox couple. The technique involves the application of a potential ramp on an unstirred solution while the current is monitored, and then the ramp is reversed for a return sweep. CV is sometimes introduced in undergraduate chemistry laboratories. The CV waveform is dependent on several processes including charge transfer, diffusion, and coupled homogeneous reactions. Computer simulations are sometimes used to study these effects. An easy-to-use CV simulator was written in Microsoft Excel for the purpose of teaching undergraduate students and to serve as an entryway to more sophisticated electrochemical simulations. Search the ACS Network to download the most recent version of the simulator (CV_EC Simulator). The spreadsheet is provided with no guarantee, and it may not be suitable for all applications. System requirements: Microsoft Windows 8.1 Office software or later.
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