Potentiodynamic and potentiostatic polarization, and the rotating disk electrode technique, were used to study the anodic behavior of tungsten (W) in a broad pH range (0.5-13.5) in H3PO4/KOH buffered solution. Surface oxides were found to play a prominent role in the anodic oxidation and dissolution of tungsten. Five distinct pH regimes and the corresponding reaction mechanisms were identified. Below pH 1 (region A) H+-assisted dissolution was the main dissolution pathway. As the pH increased, the role of H+ diminished and at pH 2.6 (region B), which was identified as the point of zero charge (pzc) of the surface tungsten oxide, dissolution was mainly H2O-assisted. The dissolution was observed to be OH--assisted above the pzc. The reaction order for OH- was one between pH 4.5 and 6.5 (region C). The reaction order became zero at pH 8 (region D). This observation was attributed to the pH-independent dissolution of the hydrated oxide phase. Above pH 10, OH- dependence of the anodic current commenced and at around pH 12.5 (region E) the reaction order for OH- became one. (C) 2002 The Electrochemical Society.