Comparison between X-ray fluorescence and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry in the analysis of sediment samples

Andrea Somogyi, Mihály Braun, József Posta

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Two multielemental analytical techniques, X-ray fluorescence analysis (XRF) and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) were used for the analysis of the elemental composition of sediment samples from a marsh and standard reference materials. The sediment samples were pretreated with different methods which are widely used in practice. A comparison was made not only between the concentrations obtained by the different methods, but also between the statistical conclusions derived from the processing of the experimental results. Good agreement was found for some elements, e.g. Mn, Zn and Sr, while the concentrations and the statistical conclusions were shown to depend on the analytical method used in the case of other elements, e.g. Fe and Zr.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2011-2017
Number of pages7
JournalSpectrochimica Acta - Part B Atomic Spectroscopy
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - Nov 14 1997



  • Inductively coupled plasma emission spectrometry
  • Sample preparation
  • X-ray fluorescence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Spectroscopy

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