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Talanta. 2005 Jul 15;67(1):59-64. doi: 10.1016/j.talanta.2005.02.006. Epub 2005 Feb 26.

Multi-element preconcentration of heavy metal ions from aqueous solution by APDC impregnated activated carbon.

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Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330, Thailand.


Ammonium pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate impregnated activated carbon (APDC-AC) has been used for the preconcentration of Cd(II), Cu(II), Ni(II), and Zn(II) from aqueous solution by column solid phase extraction (SPE) technique. Trace metal ions in aqueous solution were quantitatively sorbed onto APDC-AC packed in a SPE column at pH 5.0 with a flow rate of 1.0mLmin(-1). The sorbed metals were eluted with 1M nitric acid in acetone solution at a flow rate of 0.6mLmin(-1) and analyzed by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The effects of sample volume, amount of APDC-AC, volume of eluent and ionic strength of working solution on metal ion recovery have been investigated. The present methodology gave recoveries from 90 to 106% and R.S.D. from 0.6 to 5.5%.

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