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Accreditation and Quality Assurance

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 197–202 | Cite as

Determination of Hg isotopic compositions in certified reference material NIES No. 13 Human Hair by cold vapor generation multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

  • Akane YamakawaEmail author
  • Akinori Takeuchi
  • Yasuyuki Shibata
  • Sylvain Berail
  • Olivier François Xavier Donard
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Abstract

Hg isotopic ratios of NIES CRM No. 13 Human Hair were analyzed using cold vapor generation coupled to multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer to meet the growing demand for better understanding of Hg exposure routes by using Hg isotopic compositions in human hair samples. To validate and assure the accuracy of our analytical method, (1) the reproducibility of the Hg isotopic measurement was monitored and (2) the Hg isotopic compositions of four secondary reference materials—IAEA-085, IAEA-086, and CRPG-RL24H—were measured. Our results for NIES CRM No. 13 show the mass-dependent fractionation values of δ 199Hg = (2.13 ± 0.07) ‰, δ 200Hg = (0.98 ± 0.08) ‰, δ 201Hg = (2.77 ± 0.10) ‰, δ 202Hg = (1.89 ± 0.10) ‰, and δ 204Hg = (2.76 ± 0.16) ‰ (2SD, n = 11) and the mass-independent fractionation values of Δ 199Hg = (1.65 ± 0.06) ‰, Δ 200Hg = (0.04 ± 0.04) ‰, Δ 201Hg = (1.36 ± 0.07) ‰, and Δ 204Hg = (−0.04 ± 0.11) ‰ (2SD, n = 11). Interlaboratory comparison of the CRM performed at the University of Pau showed good agreement with the values obtained at NIES.

Keywords

Hg isotopes Human hair CRM CV-MC-ICP-MS 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We would like to thank N. Estrade from CRPG for providing CRPG-RL24H. We also thank M. Nishikawa, M. Sano and J. Yoshinaga for discussions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Akane Yamakawa
    • 1
    Email author
  • Akinori Takeuchi
    • 1
  • Yasuyuki Shibata
    • 1
  • Sylvain Berail
    • 2
  • Olivier François Xavier Donard
    • 2
  1. 1.National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)TsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Chimie Analytique Bio-Inorganique et Environnement (LCABIE), UMR CNRS-UPPA 5254 IPREMHélioparc Pau PyrénéesPauFrance

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