Multi-element trace determinations in pure alkaline earth fluoride powders by high-resolution ICP-MS using wet-chemical sample preparation and laser ablation

Tibi, Markus; Heumann, Klaus G.
September 2003
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Sep2003, Vol. 377 Issue 1, p126
Academic Journal
Four alternative analytical procedures for the determination of ten important trace impurities (Mg, Cr, Fe, Cu, Zn, Sr, Zr, Cd, Ba, and Pb) in pure alkaline earth fluoride powders were applied using high-resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Two procedures are based on a wet-chemical microwave digestion with boric acid and quantification by the standard addition technique and isotope dilution mass spectrometry (IDMS), respectively. In addition, analyses are also performed by laser ablation as a direct solid sampling technique applying matrix-matched external calibration as well as isotope dilution of the powdered sample. For most elements good agreement between the different methods is found. Detection limits for laser ablation vary between 0.05 ng g-1 for Zr and 20 ng g-1 for Mg. They are about one to two orders of magnitude lower than those of the wet-chemical procedures, which is mainly due to the high dilution factor during the sample preparation step. Advantages and restrictions of the different analytical procedures are discussed with respect to their routine applicability. Due to its relatively high accuracy, low detection limits, and time-efficiency LA-ICP-IDMS is the preferred choice if no standard reference materials are available.


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