Determination of antimony by using a quartz atom trap and electrochemical hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry

Menemenlioglu I., Korkmaz D., Ataman O. Y.

SPECTROCHIMICA ACTA PART B-ATOMIC SPECTROSCOPY, vol.62, no.1, pp.40-47, 2007 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 62 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sab.2006.11.007
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.40-47


The analytical performance of a miniature quartz trap coupled with electrochemical hydride generator for antimony determination is described. A portion of the inlet arm of the conventional quartz tube atomizer was used as an integrated trap medium for on-line preconcentration of electrochemically generated hydrides. This configuration minimizes transfer lines and connections. A thin-layer of electrochemical flow through cell was constructed. Lead and platinum foils were employed as cathode and anode materials, respectively. Experimental operation conditions for hydride generation as well as the collection and revolatilization conditions for the generated hydrides in the inlet arm of the quartz tube atomizer were optimized. Interferences of copper, nickel, iron, cobalt, arsenic, selenium, lead and tin were examined both with and without the trap. 3(1 limit of detection was estimated as 0.053 mu g 1(-1) for a sample size of 6.0 ml collected in 120 s. The trap has provided 18 fold sensitivity improvement as compared to electrochemical hydride generation alone. The accuracy of the proposed technique was evaluated with two standard reference materials; Trace Metals in Drinking Water, Cat # CRM-TMDW and Metals on Soil/Sediment #4, IRM-008. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.