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Removal of iron interferences by solvent extraction for geochemical analysis by atomic-absorption spectrophotometry

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Abstract

Iron is a common interferent in the determination of many elements in geochemical samples. Two approaches for its removal have been taken. The first involves removal of iron by extraction with methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK) from hydrochloric acid medium, leaving the analytes in the aqueous phase. The second consists of reduction of iron(III) to iron(II) by ascorbic acid to minimize its extraction into MIBK, so that the analytes may be isolated by extraction. Elements of interest can then be determined using the aqueous solution or the organic extract, as appropriate. Operating factors such as the concentration of hydrochloric acid, amounts of iron present, number of extractions, the presence or absence of a salting-out agent, and the optimum ratio of ascorbic acid to iron have been determined. These factors have general applications in geochemical analysis by atomic-absorption spectrophotometry. ?? 1985.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Removal of iron interferences by solvent extraction for geochemical analysis by atomic-absorption spectrophotometry
Series title:
Talanta
Volume
32
Issue:
6
Year Published:
1985
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Talanta
First page:
475
Last page:
478
Number of Pages:
4