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Talanta. 2010 Sep 15;82(4):1478-84. doi: 10.1016/j.talanta.2010.07.022. Epub 2010 Aug 7.

Determination of trace metals in seawater by an automated flow injection ion chromatograph pretreatment system with ICPMS.

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Research Center for Environmental Changes, Academia Sinica, 128 Sec 2, Academia Road, Nankang, Taipei, Taiwan.


A novel flow injection ion chromatograph (FI-IC) system has been developed to fully automate pretreatment procedures for multi-elemental analysis of trace metals in seawater by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICPMS). By combining 10-port, 2 position and 3-way valves in the FI-IC manifold, the system effectively increase sample throughput by simultaneously processing three seawater samples online for: sample loading, injection, buffering, preconcentration, matrix removal, metal elution, and sample collection. Forty-two seawater samples can be continuously processed without any manual handing. Each sample pretreatment takes about 10 min by consuming 25 mL of seawater and producing 5 mL of processed concentrated samples for multi-elemental offline analysis by ICPMS. The offline analysis improve analytical precision and significantly increase total numbers of isotopes determined by ICPMS, which include the metals Al, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb, Ti, V, and Zn. The blank value and detection limits of trace metals using the system with ICPMS analysis all range from 0.1 to 10 parts per trillion (ppt), except Al, Fe, and Zn. The accuracy of the pretreatment system was validated by measuring open-ocean and coastal reference seawater, NASS-5 and CASS-4. Using the system with ICPMS analysis, we have obtained reliable trace metal concentrations in the water columns of the South China Sea. Possessing the features of full automation, high throughput, low blank, and low reagent volume used, the system automates and simplifies rigorous and complicated pretreatment procedures for multi-elemental analysis of trace metals in seawater and effectively enhances analytical capacity for trace metal analysis in environmental and seawater samples.

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