, Volume 52, Issue 1–2, pp 82–86 | Cite as

Determination of methyl-and ethylmercury compounds using gas chromatography atomic fluorescence spectrometry following aqueous derivatization with sodium tetraphenylborate

  • Y. Cai
  • S. Monsalud
  • K. G. Furton
Originals Gas Chromatography


An analytical procedure is described for the determination of methylmercury and ethylmercury compounds in fish and sediment samples, using gas chromatography atomic fluorescence spectrometry following aqueous phenylation with sodium tetraphenylborate. The derivatization products were identified by gas chromatography mass spectrometry. The advantages of using phenylation with sodium tetraphenylborate over ethylation with sodium tetraethylborate are discussed. The validation of the analytical procedure was performed by analyzing standard reference material (DORM-2). Applications for the analysis of fish and sediment samples were carried out and compared to other techniques.

Key Words

Gas chromatography Atomic fluorescence spectrometry detection Methylmercury and ethylmercury Sodium tetraphenylborate Fish and sediment samples 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. Cai
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. Monsalud
    • 1
  • K. G. Furton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Southeast Environmental Research CenterFlorida International UniversityMiamiUSA

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