Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 388, Issue 2, pp 353–359 | Cite as

Reporting of variations in the natural isotopic composition of mercury

  • Joel D. BlumEmail author
  • Bridget A. Bergquist
Technical Note


High-precision measurements of natural variations in the stable isotopic composition of mercury show great promise as a new tracer of mercury sources and chemical transformations in the environment. We strongly suggest that all laboratories adopt a common means of data correction, standardization, and nomenclature in order to ensure that data from various laboratories can be easily evaluated and compared. We make suggestions for mass bias correction, reporting of mass-dependent and mass-independent isotope variations, and a standard protocol for reporting analytical uncertainties. We also present our measured values for isotope ratios in several mercury standard solutions.


Mercury Stable isotopes Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry 



We thank Jerry Keeler, Bjorn Klaue, Marcus Johnson, K. Kritee, Tamar Barkay, Chris Smith, and Abir Biswas for many helpful discussions. This work was funded by grants from NIEHS (ES-07373) and NSF (EAR-0433772) to J.D.B.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biogeochemistry and Environmental Isotope Geochemistry Laboratory, Department of Geological SciencesUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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