We calibrate using 5 µg/mL standards and do not see a carry over issue with Sb, B etc. on our Varian Vista-Pro Radial. We are using the all-glass system from GE, (www.geicp.com <http://www.geicp.com/> ) which reduces the surface area compared to the Ertalyte spray chamber. We have also found that using inert nebulizers such as the Burgener Mira-Mist (www.burgenerresearch.com <http://www.burgenerresearch.com/> ) or ESI PFA-ST (www.icpms.com <http://www.icpms.com/> ) compared to glass ones also helps.
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From: PLASMACHEM-L: Analytical Chem.(ICP's, DCP's, MIP's). [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of (Geoff Tyler)
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Subject: Re : Sb Antimony carryover in ICP-OES
long time since I have heard from you.
Sb like several elements B, Zn, Ag are usually "sticky" & are retained on the torch. Many years ago, I used lower cal stds when looking at low levels, but I guess you cannot do that with such high concs in solution.
Another problem is of course that the torch is in a horizontal orientation for axial & this would make the problem worse, than for a vertical radial orientation.
Something in the mine samples is stripping off the Sb quicker than the simple samples & stds. maybe try experimenting with matrix elements or compounds (PO4 / SO4 / SO3 ??)
Geoff TYLER still in Paris
De : Gerry Grady <[log in to unmask]>
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Envoyé le : Mardi, 19 Janvier 2010 22:43
Sujet : Sb Antimony carryover in ICP-OES
I have an application query from a customer lab regarding unusual
behaviour of Antimony in ICP-OES analysis.
In summary it appears that Antimony exhibits carryover when in simple
Sample & Standard matrices (e.g. 1%HNO3), but washes out quickly & has
excellent RSD's in a more complex sample solution (in this case a
wastewater sample from a base metal mine with about 1000ppm dissolved
Sb concentrations are in the region of 100 ug/L.
I have heard that adding tartaric acid is the key to solving this Sb
stability/ mobility problem, but would welcome any specific advice.
Instrument is a Varian 720 AX.
Many thanks for an comment!
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