Research Divisions

Exploring the Use of Silver Cathodes which Possess Exceptional Catalytic Activity


As part of our research in electrochemistry, we are exploring the use of silver cathodes which possess exceptional catalytic activity toward the reduction of halogenated organic compounds. Direct reduction of 6-iodo-1-phenyl-1-hexyne at a silver cathode in dimethylformamide affords benzylidenecyclopentane in nearly quantitative yield (an impossibility if a carbon or mercury electrode is employed).

In other work, a protocol based on stripping analysis has been devised to determine trihalomethanes (THMs) at concentrations of 10–100 nM in drinking water. This range brackets the limits of THM contamination mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Dennis Peters

Herman T. Briscoe Professor

Analytical, Inorganic, Organic