# How to differentiate a metal from its ion? [closed]

I am working on metal and its ion. The problem is, I would like to know whether the metal has been converted to its ionic form or not.

The hypothesis for the analysis is that metals are good conductors and ions possess redox potential. Therefore, by measuring the conductance and red-ox potential is it possible to differentiate whether I have metal or metal ion.

The questions are

1. Based on the hypothesis, can I expect a positive result?
2. Apart from this, is there any other technique where I can qualitatively / quantitatively measure metal and its ion?
• Hi Anil, this question really needs some clarification. In what context are you trying to detect whether a metal M is present in its zero-charge metallic form, or in its ionic form M$^{m+}$? Is that for an aqueuous solution? Or for some other system?
– F'x
Apr 27 '12 at 11:53
• Also, some context into your own level in chemistry would help tailor a better answer, once the question will be clear…
– F'x
Apr 27 '12 at 12:53
• I find your question extremely vague. "Working on a metal and its ion" is like "working on carbon and its compounds" - not very informative. What exactly is the problem you're facing?
– CHM
Apr 27 '12 at 20:31