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Cadium in marine sediments: Determination by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectroscopy

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posted on 2023-12-07, 13:17 authored by R. T. T. Rantala, D. H. Loring
Cadmium is one of the most important toxic elements to be determined in environmental samples. Cd has proved, however, to be a difficult element to determine with good precision and relative accuracy. This is shown by the results of recent intercalibration excersizes.
It is suggested that the poor results are mostly due to the instrumental methods (Jensen, 1987) and inadequate use of reference materials to ensure good relative accuracy of the results.
This paper discusses the various parameters that affect the precision and relative accuracy of Cd determinations and describes a simple, straightforward method based on the teflon bomb decomposition of the sample with HF-aqua regia followed by a graphite furnace atomic absorption determination of Cd using an uncoated L'vov platform. The relative accuracy and precision of the method has been confirmed and found to be good by analyses of reference materials and through participation in intercalibration exercises.

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Rantala, R.T.T., Loring, D.H. 1987. Cadium in marine sediments: Determination by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectroscopy. ICES Techniques in Marine Environmental Science, Vol. 3. 9 pp. https://doi.org/10.17895/ices.pub.5029

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