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Speciation of major arsenic species in seawater by flow injection hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry

Abstract : Arsenic present at 1 μg L-1 concentrations in seawater can exist as the following species: As(III), As(V), monomethylarsenic, dimethylarsenic and unknown organic compounds. The potential of the continuous flow injection hydride generation technique coupled to atomic absorption spectrometry (AAS) was investigated for the speciation of these major arsenic species in seawater. Two different techniques were used. After hydride generation and collection in a graphite tube coated with iridium, arsenic was determined by AAS. By selecting different experimental hydride generation conditions, it was possible to determine As(III), total arsenic, hydride reactive arsenic and by difference non-hydride reactive arsenic. On the other hand, by cryogenically trapping hydride reactive species on a chromatographic phase, followed by their sequential release and AAS in a heated quartz cell, inorganic As, MMA and DMA could be determined. By combining these two techniques, an experimental protocol for the speciation of As(III), As(V), MMA, DMA and non-hydride reactive arsenic species in seawater was proposed. The method was applied to seawater sampled at a Mediterranean site and at an Atlantic coastal site. Evidence for the biotransformation of arsenic in seawater was clearly shown. © Springer-Verlag 2000.
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Jean Yves Cabon, N. Cabon. Speciation of major arsenic species in seawater by flow injection hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry. Fresenius' Journal of Analytical Chemistry, Springer Verlag, 2000, 368, pp.484--489. ⟨hal-01771371⟩



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