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Title: Evaluation of High-Pressure Microwave Digestion Methods for Hydride Generation Atomic Absorption Spectrometric Determination of Total Selenium and Arsenic in Sediment
Authors: Zhou, C.Y.
Wong, M.K. 
Koh, L.L. 
Wee, Y.C. 
Keywords: Arsenic
Hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry
Microwave digestion
Sediment
Selenium
Issue Date: 1997
Citation: Zhou, C.Y.,Wong, M.K.,Koh, L.L.,Wee, Y.C. (1997). Evaluation of High-Pressure Microwave Digestion Methods for Hydride Generation Atomic Absorption Spectrometric Determination of Total Selenium and Arsenic in Sediment. Mikrochimica Acta 127 (1--2) : 77-83. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Five closed-vessel microwave digestion methods were compared for the accurate determination of arsenic and selenium in NIST SRM 1645 River Sediment by flow-injection hydride-generation atomic absorption spectrometric methods. The digestion methods using five different acid mixtures (HNO3/ H2SO4, HNO3/HC104, HNO3/HCl, HNO3/HCl/HF, HNO3/H2SO4/HClO4) were all found to be reliable for the determination of the analytes. Taking into consideration the safety and suitability for the analysis of other metals, the methods based on the use of aqua regia are recommended for closed vessel microwave digestion with pressure control. Using the quick digestion program, the presence of up to 10% organic content in soil samples did not adversely affect the closed vessel digestion and did not cause the loss of volatile analytes. After digestion, opening the vessel under an inner pressure of below 345 kPa (50 psi) had no effect on the accuracy of the results. The recommended digestion methods (HNO3/HCl and HNO3/ HCl/HF) for the reliable determination of arsenic and selenium in different sediment samples were demonstrated. The calculated detection limits (3σB) were less than 0.030 μg/g and 0.033 μg/g for arsenic and selenium, respectively. All analytical results for arsenic and selenium in SRM 1645 River sediment, NRCC BCSS-1 Marine Sediment and NIES CRM Pond Sediment were within or near the certified and reported ranges, with the exception of selenium in NIES CRM No. 2 Pond Sediment.
Source Title: Mikrochimica Acta
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/95559
ISSN: 00263672
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