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Ann Chim. 2002 May-Jun;92(5-6):587-94.

Preconcentration of trace silver with yeast for river water analysis.

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Department of Chemistry for Materials, Faculty of Engineering, Mie University, Mie, 514-8507, Japan. ohta@chem.mie-u.ac.jp

Abstract

A new preconcentration method with yeast is presented. The method was evaluated for the determination of trace silver in river waters by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS). A suitable cultivation bed for preconcentration of silver was 1.75 mg ml-1 2-ammonium hydrogen phosphate. The optimal cultivation time and temperature were 2 h and 25 degrees C. Under optimal conditions, silver in aqueous sample was concentrated to 6.9-fold by yeast. The detection limit was 4.6 pg ml-1 (3S/N) for silver in river water. The yeast preconcentration method was applied to the determination of silver in river waters. The recovery of spiked silver was in the range of 89 to 110%. By the preconcentration, it was found that ultra trace silver in river waters could be determined without interferences of matrix elements, after only the cultivation and with no chemical treatment.

PMID:
12125463
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