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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Simple mercury fractionation in biological samples by CV AAS following microwave-assisted acid digestion or TMAH pre-treatment
Author: Torres, DP
Frescura, VLA
Curtius, AJ
Abstract: A simple and reliable method to determine total and inorganic mercury in biological certified reference material (CRM) by cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry (CV AAS) is proposed. After the CRM treatment at room temperature with tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH), inorganic mercury is determined by CV AAS. Total mercury is measured by the same technique, after sample acid digestion in a microwave oven. Organic mercury, basically methylmercury, is obtained by difference. In both procedures, the quartz tube is kept at room temperature. By means of analysis of the following reference materials: pig kidney, lobster hepatopancreas. dogfish liver and mussel tissue, it was clear that the difference between the total and inorganic mercury concentrations agrees with the methylmercury concentration. Only one calibration curve against aqueous standards in acidic medium was carried out for both procedures. The concentrations obtained by both procedures are in agreement with the certified values according to the t-test at a 95% confidence level. The relative standard deviations were lower than 3.0% for digested CRM and 6.0% for CRM treated with TMAH for most of the samples. The limits of detection in the samples were 0.02 mu g g(-1) and 0.04 mu g g(-1) for inorganic and total Hg, respectively, since the sample mass for total mercury was half of that for inorganic mercury determination. Simplicity and high efficiency without using chromatographic techniques are some of the qualities of the proposed method, being adequate for fractionation analysis of mercury in biological samples. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Subject: TMAH treatment
Microwave-assisted digestion
Biological samples
Mercury fractionation
Country: Holanda
Editor: Elsevier Science Bv
Citation: Microchemical Journal. Elsevier Science Bv, v. 93, n. 2, n. 206, n. 210, 2009.
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1016/j.microc.2009.07.003
Date Issue: 2009
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