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Imaging Time-Resolved Electrothermal Atomization Laser-Excited Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry for Determination of Mercury in Seawater

Abstract : In this study, direct determination of mercury at the nanogram per liter level in the complex seawater matrix by imaging time-resolved electrothermal atomization laser-excited atomic fluorescence spectrometry (ITR-ETA-LEAFS) is described. In the case of mercury, the use of a nonresonant line for fluorescence detection with only one laser excitation is not possible. For measurements at the 253.652 nm resonant line, scattering phenomena have been minimized by eliminating the simultaneous vaporization of salts and by using temporal resolution and the imaging mode of the camera. Electrothermal conditions (0.1 M oxalic acid as matrix modifier, low atomization temperature) have been optimized in order to suppress chemical interferences and to obtain a good separation of specific signal and seawater background signal. For ETA-LEAFS, a specific response has been obtained for Hg with the use of time resolution. Moreover, an important improvement of the detection limit has been obtained by selecting, from the furnace image, pixels collecting the lowest number of scattered photons. Using optimal experimental conditions, a detection limit of 10 ng L–1 for 10 μL of sample, close to the lowest concentration level of total Hg in the open ocean, has been obtained.
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Alain Le Bihan, Jean-Yves Cabon, Laure Deschamps, Philippe Giamarchi. Imaging Time-Resolved Electrothermal Atomization Laser-Excited Atomic Fluorescence Spectrometry for Determination of Mercury in Seawater. Analytical Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 2011, 83 (12), pp.4881 - 4886. ⟨10.1021/ac2005982⟩. ⟨hal-01577229⟩

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