PK-3 Electrode Polishing kit

Polishing kit to maintain a good condition of working electrode for CV/Flow cell.

Catalogue No.Description
013223PK-3 Electrode Polishing kit
Contents
0126200.05 µm polishing alumina (20 ml)
0126211 µm polishing diamond (10 ml)
-Alumina polishing pad (10 pcs)
-Diamond polishing pad (10 pcs)
013222Replacement glass plate for PK-3 (1 pc)
Polishing pad for acquisition separately
012600Alumina polishing pad (20 pcs)
012601Diamond polishing pad (20 pcs)

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Contents of PK-3 can be provided separately. In that case, each polishing pad (012600 Alumina polishing pad/012601 Diamond polishing pad) includes 20 pieces of them per the sales unit.

How to polish the Working electrodes' surface with PK-3

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  1. Prepare the glass plate, and put a few drops of polishing diamond on diamond polishing pad.
  2. Hold the CV electrode at right angle to the pad, and polish in a circular motion.
  3. Replace the diamond pad to an alumina polishing pad, put a few drops of polishing alumina, and polish the electrode to be mirror surface. Rinse the electrode surface with distilled water, and finish by air drying.

Attention: Polishing with PK-3 is the most appropriate way to clean up electrode surface. Please consult us when other methods are applied.

Polishing of PFCE Electrode & Pyrolytic Graphite Electrode

For the electrodes listed below,

Catalog No.DescriptionIsolationODID
002252Pyrolytic Graphite Electrode (Basal Plane)PEEK6 mm3 mm
002253Pyrolytic Graphite Electrode (Edge Plane)PEEK6 mm3 mm
002408PFCE 3 Carbon electrodePEEK6 mm3 mm
002409PFCE 1 Carbon electrodePEEK6 mm1 mm
011854SPFCE Carbon electrodePEEK3 mm1 mm

It is recommended the follow polishing step:
1. Put a few drops of distilled water on the emery paper, and polish for 10 seconds.
    If necessary increase the polishing time.
2. Then rinse the electrode with distilled water.
3. After rinse, ultrasonic cleaning for 10 seconds (in the case of 65 W - 100 W ultrasonic cleaner).
    Or polishing the electrode using alumina pad with a few drops of distilled water for about 10 seconds.
4. Then rinse the electrode again with a distilled water.
5. Dry the electrode and it is ready for the measurement.

For the PGBE electrode (Cat. No. 002252), because of the material characteristics, it is difficult to keep the perfect basal surface. For the precise PGBE basal surface treatment evaluation, you can have the publications below as a reference.
J. Phys. Chem.: Vol. 98 (1994), p. 5314; Vol. 96 (1992), p. 3124
Anal. Chem.: Vol. 64 (1992), p. 2518; Vol. 61 (1989), p. 1637; Vol. 69(1997), p. 4680

The assessment of the basal and edge surface is done by measuring the Raman spectra. This method is reported in the last two publications mentioned above.

notice*

Do not polish with a finer grade of emery paper ( #6000 etc.). PFCE electrode does not need mirror finishing like a GC electrode.

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