Radiochemical neutron activation analysis for determination of Au, Ag, Pt and Pd in geological samples
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A procedure for separation of Au, Ag, Pt, and Pd in geological samples has been developed. After irradiation, samples were fused with Na2O2 and silver was separated by filtering through a PbCl2 filter in 4M nitric acid solution. Au, Pt and Pd were concentrated with rhodium and thiourea as rhodium sulfide and the separation process of these elements was carried out by a chromatographic method. Au, Pt and Pd were retained on a Dowex-1×8 anion column in 1M HCl. Pd was eluted from the column by using a mixture of 75% HCl acid-25% acetone. Au was eluted by using a mixture of 10% HCl-90% acetone. In the gold fraction, Pt was also determined through the photopeak of199Au radionuclide (158 keV). The method was simple and rapid.
KeywordsSulfide Radionuclide Nitric Acid Activation Analysis Thiourea
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