Investigation of the species-specific degradation behaviour of methylmercury and ethylmercury under microwave irradiation

L. Abrankó, Zsuzsa Jókai, P. Fodor

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Abstract

The degradation behaviour of methylmercury (MeHg) under microwave irradiation is investigated, as is the (different) degradation behaviour of ethylmercury (EtHg) under similar irradiation. A simple and highly sensitive SPME-GC-pyrolysis-AFS system was used to analyse the aqueous MeHg and EtHg standard solutions after derivatization with sodium tetraphenylborate (NaBPh4). Samples were irradiated in a microwave digester at microwave powers ranging from 20 to 160 W for durations of 2 to 10 min. The different tolerances towards microwave treatment of the two organomercury species were evident. Practically no degradation was experienced for MeHg for up to 8 minutes of irradiation at 120 W or for up to 4 minutes at 160 W. Significant analyte loss was observed for EtHg after 2 minutes at 40 W of microwave power.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)448-453
Number of pages6
JournalAnalytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Volume383
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005

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Microwave irradiation
Microwaves
Degradation
Tetraphenylborate
Irradiation
Pyrolysis

Keywords

  • Degradation
  • Ethylmercury
  • Methylmercury
  • Microwave
  • Phenylation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry

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