A direct "tandem" atomic spectroscopic method for the determination of Ca, Fe and Ti impurities in SiC powders with various grain size (0.78<d50<48.5 μm) has been developed. The method is based on high temperature halogenation of the sample with Freon 12 in a graphite furnace and ICP-AES detection of the evolved sample components. The concentration of the matrix element silicon in the ICP increased to a maximum value after 10s of heating, independent of the grain size of the powder samples. For performing a calibration with standard solutions a finegrained, purified SiC-powder was evaporated simultaneously with the solution residues. The calibration curves produced using this analyte-addition technique and using within-laboratory solid standards were identical within experimental error.
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