Visual Kits

Range MDL Method Kit Catalog No. Refill Catalog No.
0-7 ppm as Mo 0.5 ppm Catechol K-6701 R-6702
2-24 ppm as Mo 2 ppm Catechol K-6702 R-6702
20-200 ppm as Mo 20 ppm Catechol K-6720 R-6720

Instrumental Kits

Range Method Kit Catalog No.
0-25.0 ppm as Mo Catechol K-6703



Molybdate is used throughout the industrial water treatment and power generation industries as a corrosion inhibitor in both open- and closed-loop cooling water systems. In solution, molybdate anions complex with oxidized iron to form a protective film of molybdate and ferric-oxide. Molybdate is considered an effective, environmentally acceptable alternative to chromate treatment. Unlike many other transition elements, molybdenum exhibits low or even negligible toxicity.


The Catechol Method


References: G. P. Haight and V. Paragamian, Analytical Chemistry, pp. 32, 642 (1960). H. Onishi and E. B. Sandell, Photometric Determination of Trace Metals, 4th ed., Part 1, p. 295 (1978).


The molybdate test method employs the catechol chemistry. In a mildly reducing alkaline solution, catechol reacts with hexavalent molybdenum to form a yellow-orange colored chelate in direct proportion to the hexavalent molybdenum concentration. Test results are expressed in ppm (mg/L) molybdenum (Mo).