A new traceability scheme for the development of international system-traceable persistent organic pollutant reference materials by quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance
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Quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance (qNMR) was used for the purity determination of neat compounds of persistent organic pollutants (POPs). qNMR is a unique quantitative method that is not only traceable to the International System of Units (SI), but it also does not require a standard of its own. The purities of the POP compounds determined in this work were traceable to a single certified reference material (CRM), which is extremely attractive for reference material producers. The purities observed by qNMR were equivalent to those observed by gas chromatography with flame ionization detection (GC/FID) or a differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) combined with a thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA). The uncertainties obtained by the qNMR method were comparable to being slightly larger than those observed by DSC.
KeywordsQuantitative NMR Purity determination Uncertainty Traceability POPs
This work was supported by grants-in-aid from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan.