Determination of mercury and arsenic in fresh water by neutron activation analysis
Neutron activation analysis has been applied for the determination of Hg and As in freshwater samples. Preconcentration of Hg and As from the samples before irradiation by using active carbon for scavenging the chelate complex of Hg with dithizone at pH 1 and Fe(OH)3 for co-precipitating arsenic was used. After irridiation, mercury was determined by direct counting of the irradiated active carbon. Arsenic was separated from Fe(OH)3 by precipitating arsenic in the metal form after removing122Sb by extraction in 2N HCl with Ni-diethyldithiophosphoric acid in carbon tetrachloride. The method is simple and reliable.
KeywordsPhysical Chemistry Mercury Inorganic Chemistry Arsenic Active Carbon
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