ARMY ELECTRONICS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMAND FORT MONMOUTH NJ ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY/DEVICES LAB
The electrochemical reduction of thionyl chloride in 0.5, 1.0, and 1. 5 molar LiAlCl4-SOCl2 solutions was studied at glassy carbon microelectrodes using the technique of cyclic voltammetry. It is shown that the reduction of thionyl chloride in these solutions occurs irreversibly and leads to the deposition of sparingly soluble lithium chloride on the electrode surface. The peak heights for the reduction of thionyl chloride increased linearly with the square root of voltage scan rate and at a fixed scan rate, the peak heights were found to be independent of the electrolyte concentration.