Simultaneous speciation of redox species of arsenic and selenium using an anion-exchange microbore column coupled with a microconcentric nebulizer and an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer as detector

Ágnes Woller, Hervé Garraud, Jolanda Boisson, Anne Marie Dorthe, Péter Fodor, Olivier F.X. Donard

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Speciation methods for trace metals in the environment need rapid and accurate analyses. The simultaneous determination of redox species of arsenic (AsIII and Asv) and selenium (SeIV and SeVI) has been carried out by coupling a microbore column with a micro-concentric nebulizer (MCN) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The MCN, with its ability to nebulize liquids at low flow rates, was adapted to a small bore (2 mm id) microbore anion-exchange column. After optimizing the parameters of the MCN by factorial experimental design, an evaluation of the separation of redox As and Se species was carried out. The method was applied to the determination of the four species in a sample recommended for Se speciation studies, in a spiked natural water and in polluted soil leachings. No interference of 40Ar35CI on 75As was observed when natural water samples were analyzed. The method showed good accuracy and repeatability in addition to facile handling and development. A detection limit of 1 ng ml-1 was found for the arsenic species and 4 ng ml-1 for the selenium species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-149
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of analytical atomic spectrometry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1998



  • Anion-exchange microbore column
  • Arsenic and selenium speciation
  • Factorial experimental design
  • Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
  • Micro-concentric nebulizer
  • Redox species

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy

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