Cr(III) and Cr(VI) on-line preconcentration and determination with high performance flow flame emission spectrometry in natural samples

József Posta, Attila Gáspár, Róbert Tóth, László Ombódi

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Methods for the on-line chromatographic preconcentration of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) have been developed. Cr(VI) has been preconcentrated on an RP C18 silica based column with tetrabutylammonium-bromide (TBABr) as ion-pairing agent. Specially for Cr(III) a new and effective preconcentration technique based on the sorption of Cr(III)-ions in a C18 column in presence of KH-phthalate has been developed. The efficiency of sample introduction into the atomic emission spectrometer could be improved by hydraulic high pressure nebulization. For the detection of chromium the acetylene/N2O flame has been used as a powerful emission spectrometric source. Applying these steps the detection limit (3σ) could be improved to 25 pg/mL for Cr(III) and to 20 pg/mL for Cr(VI). The method has been applied for the chromium speciation in natural water samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-720
Number of pages2
JournalFresenius' Journal of Analytical Chemistry
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1996


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  • Biochemistry

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