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Ultra-Trace Arsenic Speciation at Columbia Analytical

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Arsenic Speciation

Ultra-trace speciation of arsenic and other metals is performed using a variety of techniques tailored to the specific combination of species, matrix, and detection limits required. Currently, two analytical systems are applied: Ion Chromatography-Inductively Coupled Mass Spectrometry (IC-ICP-MS) and Hydride Generation-Cryogenic Gas Chromatography-Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (HG-CGC-AAS). Each of these techniques has particular strengths that can be exploited depending upon the scientific question being asked. These techniques are combined with specific extraction techniques in order to maximize speciation integrity and data quality.


Ultra-trace Metals Determinations using Reductive Precipitation and ICP-MS

Saturday, July 26th, 2003

Ultra-trace-Metals-Determinations-using-Reductive-Precipitation-and-ICP-MSColumbia Analytical Services’ Kelso laboratory has continued the development of analytical techniques for pre-concentration and chemical separation of trace metals in saline aqueous samples using reductive precipitation followed by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS). This technique replaces conventional techniques for the analysis of trace metals in complex aqueous matrices such as sea water where matrix problems prevent the ability to achieve desired low levels of detection. Detection limits for various metals of interest using these techniques are displayed in the table to the right. Details of this procedure were presented at the recent National Environmental Monitoring Conference (NEMC) held July 21-24 in Arlington, Virginia. The full abstract follows.