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Ultratrace analysis of Antarctic snow and ice samples using high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

Citation

Townsend, AT and Edwards, PR, Ultratrace analysis of Antarctic snow and ice samples using high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 13, (5) pp. 463-468. ISSN 0267-9477 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1039/a707871d

Abstract

High resolution ICP-MS was used to determine the concentrations of Al, Sc, V, Mn, Fe, Co, Pb and Bi in snow and ice from Antarctica. To overcome some potentially problematic spectral interferences, measurements were acquired in both low and medium resolution modes. Small sample volumes were analysed using a microconcentric nebuliser. After rigorous instrument cleaning and sample preparation, detection levels in the low and sub-pg g-1 range (0.3-48 pg g-1) were found for all elements. Concentration values were determined for a continental snow, sea ice snow and a representative ice core. Concentration ranges for all snow samples (n=25) were (in pg g-1): Al (30-2000), V (2-16), Mn (2-30) and Fe (30-1500), while Sc and Co were typically below detection or blank limits. The ice core sample had Al, Mn, Fe and Pb concentrations of 90, 7, 110 and 1 pg g-1, respectively, while Sc, V, Co and Bi could not be quantified (below detection or blank limits). The reliability of the analytical method for Fe was confirmed by flow injection analysis with spectrophotometric detection.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Analytical Chemistry
Research Field:Instrumental Methods (excl. Immunological and Bioassay Methods)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences
Author:Townsend, AT (Associate Professor Ashley Townsend)
Author:Edwards, PR (Mr Edwards)
ID Code:13998
Year Published:1998
Web of Science® Times Cited:18
Deposited By:Central Science Laboratory
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-09
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