TITLE

Certification of methylmercury in cod fish tissue certified reference material by species-specific isotope dilution mass spectrometric analysis

AUTHOR(S)
Inagaki, Kazumi; Kuroiwa, Takayoshi; Narukawa, Tomohiro; Yarita, Takashi; Takatsu, Akiko; Okamoto, Kensaku; Chiba, Koichi
PUB. DATE
July 2008
SOURCE
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Jul2008, Vol. 391 Issue 6, p2047
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A new cod fish tissue certified reference material, NMIJ CRM 7402-a, for methylmercury analysis was certified by the National Metrological Institute of Japan in the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (NMIJ/AIST). Cod fish was collected from the sea close to Japan. The cod muscle was powdered by freeze-pulverization and was placed into 600 glass bottles (10 g each), which were sterilized with γ-ray irradiation. The certification was carried out using species-specific isotope dilution gas chromatography inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (SSID–GC–ICPMS), where 202Hg-enriched methylmercury (MeHg) was used as the spike compound. In order to avoid any possible analytical biases caused by nonquantitative extraction, degradation and/or formation of MeHg in sample preparations, two different extraction methods (KOH/methanol and HCl/methanol extractions) were performed, and one of these extraction methods utilized two different derivatization methods (ethylation and phenylation). A double ID method was adopted to minimize the uncertainty arising from the analyses. In order to ensure not only the reliability of the analytical results but also traceability to SI units, the standard solution of MeHg used for the reverse-ID was prepared from high-purity MeHg chloride and was carefully assayed as follows: the total mercury was determined by ID–ICPMS following aqua regia digestion, and the ratio of Hg as MeHg to the total Hg content was estimated by GC–ICPMS. The certified value given for MeHg is 0.58 ± 0.02 mg kg−1 as Hg. [Figure not available: see fulltext.]
ACCESSION #
32785899

 

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