Quality Control in Element Analysis of Plant Materials

E. Andrási, N. Szoboszlai, S. Igaz, K. Tóth

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A worldwide laboratory intercomparison was organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency's Analytical Quality Control Services (AQCS) involving the determination of elements in plant materials used for human consumption. The main purpose of this work was to evaluate the performance of our analytical methods including sample preparation and to obtain new reference materials that can be used in our further work. Both materials (spinach and cabbage) were analyzed by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) and instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA). Six subsamples of each material were subjected to our digestion procedure and the solutions were measured by ICP-AES. The dried samples were analyzed using INAA. Up to 26 elements were determined in plant materials. For easy review of our data a score has been calculated based on the reference value for each measured element. According to our results the ICP-AES technique was useful for determination of the following elements: Ba, Ca, Cr, Fe, K, Mn, Mo, P, S, Sr, Ti. The INAA method was reliable for measurement of Ce, Co, Mn, Na, Rb, Th, and V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)262-271
Number of pages10
JournalMicrochemical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy

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