Trace element analysis of waters by X-ray emission spectroscopy
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X-ray emission spectroscopy is a rapid, simple and accurate method for multielement trace analysis of water. This is accomplished by trace elements precipitation with a nonspecific chelating agent APDC (ammonium-1-pyrollidine dithiocarbamate) and filtration through a Millipore filter. In that way the uniform targets suitable for X-ray analysis were made and elements in concentrations as low as few ppb could be determined. APDC chelation over broad pH ranges for different elements in seawater is discussed. The best pH range for simultaneous determination of these elements is found. Results of analysis of seawater samples taken near the island Krk in the Adriatic sea are presented.
KeywordsPrecipitation Filtration Simultaneous Determination Accurate Method Emission Spectroscopy
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