Microchimica Acta

, Volume 112, Issue 1–4, pp 113–118 | Cite as

Honey as an environmental indicator: Effect of sample preparation on trace element determination by ICP-AES

  • Peter Fodor
  • Erika Molnar
Original Papers


Trace element concentrations in honey collected from a wide area can be used as an environmental indicator, but sample preparation methods prior to analysis can have large effects on the results. The efficiency and reproducibility of sample preparation methods (dilution, ashing and digestion) for simultaneous multi-element analysis have been compared for 13 elements. Digestion in a PTFE bomb was found to be the most reliable method.

Key words

inductively coupled plasma spectrometry environmental analysis sample preparation 


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© Springer-Verlag 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Fodor
    • 1
  • Erika Molnar
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryUniversity of Horticulture and Food IndustryBudapestHungary
  2. 2.Institute of Mineralogy, Geochemistry and PetrologyAttila Jozsef UniversitySzegedHungary

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