Microwave digestion of fish tissue for selenium determination by differential pulse polarography

W G LanY M Sin


In KIO(3)NH(3)NH(4)Cl medium, the selenium complex Se(O)SO(2-)(3), resulted from the reaction of selenite and sulphite in acid solution, gave a catalytic wave, which was applied to the determination of selenium in fish by differential pulse polarography. The sample was decomposed using the HNO(3)/H(2)SO(4)/H(2)O(2) digestion mixture in a closed PTFE digestion vessel with microwave heating. The detection limit was 0.06 mug/dm(3). The calibration curve was linear up to 8 mug/dm(3). Selenate present was reduced with hot hydrochloric acid to selenite. The recoveries of the selenite and selenate in two spiked samples investigated ranged from 91 to 104%. The NIES CRM No. 6 mussel was analyzed and the results obtained agreed well with the reference value (reference value: 1.5 mug/g; found: 1.43 +/- 0.05 mug/g). The results obtained by differential pulse polarography were in good agreement with those found by hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry.


Jun 15, 2010·Analytical Sciences : the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry·Yasutada SuzukiSusumu Kawakubo

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