A new, faster and more reliable analytical methodology for S(IV) species analysis at low pH solutions by bichromatometry is proposed. For decades the state of the art methodology has been iodometry that is still well justified method for neutral solutions, thus at low pH media possess various side reactions increasing inaccuracy. In contrast, the new methodology has no side reactions at low pH media, requires only one titration step and provides a clear color change if S(IV) species are present in the solution. The method is validated using model solutions with known concentrations and applied to analyses of gaseous SO2 from purged solution in low pH media samples. The results indicate that bichromatometry can accurately analyze SO2 from liquid samples having pH even below 0 relevant to metallurgical industrial processes.
Santasalo-Aarnio, A., Galfi, I., Virtanen, J., & Gasik, M. (2017). New analytical methodology for analysing S(IV) species at low pH solutions by one-stage titration method (bichromatometry) with a clear colour change. PloS one, 12(11), 1-15. [e0188227]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0188227