Preparation and certification of a reference material for the determination of nutrients in seawater

Clancy, Vincent; Willie, Scott
March 2004
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Mar2004, Vol. 378 Issue 5, p1239
Academic Journal
There is an urgent need for natural water reference materials certified for nutrients. In 1996, NRC collected seawater for a proposed CRM at a depth of 200 m in the North Atlantic; this was immediately filtered through 0.05-μm cartridge filters into 50-L carboys. The water was later homogenized in the NRC laboratories in Ottawa and stabilized via gamma irradiation. Over six years of stability testing no significant deterioration was detected. In addition to the usual customary standard colorimetric procedures, alternative analytical methods were developed to enable the certification process. The production of a CRM called MOOS-1 will be discussed. Certified values, with uncertainty components addressing the homogeneity, stability, and characterization of the material, were calculated to be: orthophosphate=1.56±0.07 µmol L-1, silicate=26.0±1.0 µmol L-1, nitrite=3.06±0.15 µmol L-1, and nitrite and nitrate=23.7±0.9 µmol L-1.


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