The use of a portable total reflection X-ray fluorescence spectrometer for trace element determination in freshwater microcrustaceans (Daphnia)

Margarete Mages, Stefan Woelfl, Mihály Óvári, Wolf V. Tümpling, Francisco Encina

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The suitability of a newly developed, portable total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TXRF) spectrometer (PicoTAX, Roentec, Berlin, Germany) to analyze trace elements in biological material was tested and compared with a stationary instrument (Spectrometer 8030 C, FEI, Munich, Germany). For that, single freshwater microcrustacean specimens (Daphnia spec.) with dry weights ranging between 1.6 and 18.8 μg individual-1 were prepared according to the dry method and analyzed with both instruments. Additionally, for orientation purposes, freshly collected Daphnia were prepared in field according to the wet method directly on the glass carrier and analyzed using the portable PicoTAX. For method validation, certified reference material (CRM 414, plankton) was analyzed. The results of the in-field measurements demonstrate that the PicoTAX yields very fast and sufficiently sensitive in-field measurements on the element content of minute biological samples. For As, Cu, K, Mn, Ni and Sr, a good correlation was found between the two spectrometers. Only for Ca, Fe, Pb and Zn the comparison with the results of the stationary equipment has shown significant differences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1265-1272
Number of pages8
JournalSpectrochimica Acta - Part B Atomic Spectroscopy
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 31 2004



  • Daphnia
  • Field experiments
  • Portable TXRF
  • Total reflection X-ray fluorescence
  • Trace element analysis
  • Zooplankton

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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