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Talanta. 1998 Aug;46(4):541-50.

Polymer-mediated extraction of 8-quinolinolato metal chelates for the determination of metal ions in water with graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry.

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School of Pharmacy and School of Life Science, Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Science, Horinouchi 1432-1, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-03, Japan.


Water-insoluble 8-quinolinolato metal chelates were formed and were stably solubilized in the aqueous solution of a water-soluble polymer, poly (N-isopropylacrylamide)(PNIPAAm), at room temperature. When the solution was heated at 50 degrees C, PNIPAAm precipitated and then formed a gum-like aggregate (polymer phase) having a very small volume. Accompanying the polymer precipitation, hydrophobic 8-quinolinolato chelates with cobalt(II), iron(III), nickel(II), and copper(II) ions were efficiently incorporated into the polymer phase. At 0.5% (w/v) of PNIPAAm and 8.0 mM of 8-quinolinol, the recoveries in the incorporation of four metal chelates were quantitative. The fluorescence spectra of a probe suggests that the hydrated polymer in the aqueous solution provides hydrophobic portions which can incorporate hydrophobic metal chelates. The polymer phase was easily taken out from the solution and was dissolved with a small amount of acetonitrile. The resulting solution could be directly introduced into a graphite furnace of atomic absorption spectrometry. The signal intensities for the absorbance of cobalt after concentrating the chelate were 100-fold greater than those before the concentration.

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