In the present work a method for simultaneous metals determination, in urban air particulate matter by ICP-AES has been set up. A large number of elements (18) has been analyzed, including major (Al, Fe, K, and Mg), minor (Na, Ph and Zn) and trace (As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Hg, Mn, Ni, Sb, Sr and V) elements. The procedure, consists of microwave sample acidic total digestion by HNO3/HF mixture and subsequent analysis by ICP-AES, using different assemblies depending on sample treatment procedure: a quartz Meinhard nebulizer/cyclonic chamber, if HF excess was eliminated, or a cross-flow nebulizer/plastic Scott chamber, suitable for application with HF. A cyclonic chamber for hydride generation was used for As, Sb and Hg determination. The procedure was tested with Standard Reference Materials 1648 NIST Urban Particulate Matter and Certified Reference Material No8 NIES "Vehicle Exhaust Particulates". Two sampling supports, quartz fibre and polycarbonate filters, have been examined in order to find the most suitable i.e. the one characterized by less interference. Some real samples of urban air particulate matter, TSP, PM10 and PM2.5 fractions, collected during an intercomparison campaign promoted by Regione Lombardia, have been analyzed with the procedure developed.
|Titolo:||Optimization of an urban particulate matter multi-element analysis method by inductively coupled plasma - Atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES)|
FERMO, PAOLA (Secondo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore CHIM/01 - Chimica Analitica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2003|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|