PMID: 18966260Apr 1, 1995Paper

Slurry-electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometric determination of aluminium and chromium in vegetables using hydrogen peroxide as a matrix modifier

Pilar ViñasM Hernandez Cordoba


Fast heating programmes for determining aluminium and chromium in vegetables using electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry with slurry sampling are developed using wall atomization. The build-up of carbonaceous residues inside the atomizer is avoided by adding 4% hydrogen peroxide and 1% nitric acid to the slurries instead of using an air-ashing stage. In accordance with fast-programme methodology, the conventional drying and charring steps are replaced by a modified drying stage. simplifying the heating programmes. For suspensions containing 0.1% m/V of ground vegetables, the relative standard deviation (RSD) is about +/-5% for aluminium. For chromium determination, the use of 0.5-1% m/V suspensions leads to RSDs close to +/-4%. Calibration is carried out using aqueous standards. The aluminium and chromium contents of a number of vegetable samples obtained by using the slurry approach agree with those obtained by means of a conventional procedure based on the total dissolution of the samples. The reliability of the procedures is also confirmed by analysing two certified reference materials.


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