Evaluation of a sequential extraction procedure for the determination of extractable trace metal contents in sediments
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- Quevauviller, P., Rauret, G., Muntau, H. et al. Fresenius J Anal Chem (1994) 349: 808. doi:10.1007/BF00323110
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The determination of extractable trace metals in sediments using sequential extraction procedures has been performed in many laboratories within the last ten years in order to study environmental pathways (e.g. mobility of metals, bounding states). However, the results obtained by different laboratories could hardly be compared due to lack of harmonized schemes. Owing to the need for standardization and subsequent validation of extraction schemes for sediment analysis, the Measurements and Testing Programme (formerly BCR Programme) of the European Commission has organized a project to adopt a sequential extraction procedure that could be used as a mean of comparison of data of extractable trace metals in sediments. A scheme was designed after a series of investigations on existing schemes and tested in interlaboratory studies. This paper presents the results of two round-robin exercises on extractable trace metals using this sequential extraction protocol and describes the final version of the extraction procedure amended according to the most recent improvements.