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Dissolution of fluoride complexes following microwave-assisted hydrofluoric acid digestion of marine sediments


Muralti, JM and McManus, J and Mix, A and Chase, Z, Dissolution of fluoride complexes following microwave-assisted hydrofluoric acid digestion of marine sediments, Talanta, 89 pp. 195-200. ISSN 0039-9140 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.talanta.2011.11.081


Microwave-assisted, hydrofluoric acid digestion is an increasingly common tool for the preparation of marine sediment samples for analysis by a variety of spectrometric techniques. Here we report that analysis of terrigenous-dominated sediment samples occasionally results in anomalously low values for several elements, including Al, Ba, Ca, Mg, and Sr. Measured concentrations of these elements increased with time between sample preparation and sample analysis, reaching stable values after 8–29 days. This lag is explained by the formation and subsequent dissolution of poorly soluble fluoride phases during digestion. Other elements, such as Fe, Mn, and Ti, showed little or no lag and were quickly measurable at a stable value. Full re-dissolution of the least soluble fluorides, which incorporate Al and Mg, requires up to four weeks at room temperature, and this duration can vary among sedimentary matrices. This waiting time can be reduced to 6 days (or shorter) if the samples are heated to ∼60 °C for 24 h.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:microwave digestion, insoluble fluorides, hydrofluoric acid, marine sediments, trace metals
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Oceanography
Research Field:Oceanography not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Chase, Z (Professor Zanna Chase)
ID Code:76146
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:40
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2012-02-29
Last Modified:2013-05-03
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