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Solid-phase extraction system for Pb (II) ions enrichment based on multiwall carbon nanotubes coupled on-line to flame atomic absorption spectrometry

Francisco Barbosa, Adriano and Gava Segatelli, Mariana and Cesar Pereira, Arnaldo and de Santana Santos, Antonio and Tatsuo Kubota, Lauro and Orival Luccas, Pedro and Ricardo Teixeira Tarley, Cesar (2007) Solid-phase extraction system for Pb (II) ions enrichment based on multiwall carbon nanotubes coupled on-line to flame atomic absorption spectrometry. TALANTA, 71 (4). pp. 1512-1519.

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The present paper proposes the application of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) as a solid sorbent for lead preconcentration using a flow system coupled to flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The method comprises the preconcentration of Pb (II) ions at a buffered solution (pH 4.7) onto 30 mg of MWCNTs previously oxidized with concentrated HNO3. The elution step is carried out with 1.0 mol L−1 HNO3. The effect of the experimental parameters, including sample pH, sampling flow rate, buffer and eluent concentrations were investigated by means of a 24 full factorial design, while for the final optimization a Doehlert design was employed. Under the best experimental conditions the preconcentration system provided detection and quantification limits of 2.6 and 8.6 μg L−1, respectively. A wide linear range varying from 8.6 up to 775 μg L−1 (r > 0.999) and the respective precision (relative standard deviation) of 7.7 and 1.4% for the 15 and 200 μg L−1 levels were obtained. The characteristics obtained for the performance of the flow preconcentration system were a preconcentration factor of 44.2, preconcentration efficiency of 11 min−1, consumptive index of 0.45 mL and sampling frequency estimated as 14 h−1. Preconcentration studies of Pb (II) ions in the presence of the majority foreign ions tested did not show interference, attesting the good performance of MWCNTs. The accuracy of the method was assessed from analysis of water samples (tap, mineral, physiological serum and synthetic seawater) and common medicinal herbs submitted to the acid decomposition (garlic and Ginkgo Biloba). The satisfactory recovery values obtained without using analyte addition method confirms the feasibility of this method for Pb (II) ions determination in different type of samples.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:multiwall carbon nanotubes; on-line preconcentration; lead; FAAS; multivariated optimization
Subjects:Technology > Nanotechnology and environmental applications
Physical Science > Nano objects
Analytical Science > Nanotechnology for sensing and actuating
ID Code:3158
Deposited By:Anuj Seth
Deposited On:26 May 2009 16:48
Last Modified:26 May 2009 16:48

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