An automated sequential injection (SI) on-line solvent extraction-back extraction separation/preconcentration procedure is described. Demonstrated for the assay of cadmium by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry (ETAAS), the analyte is initially complexed with ammonium pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate (APDC) in citrate buffer and the chelate is extracted into isobutyl methyl ketone (IBMK), which is separated from the aqueous phase by means of a newly designed dual-conical gravitational phase separator. A metered amount of the organic eluate is aspirated and stored in the PTFE holding coil (HC) of the SI-system. Afterwards, it is dispensed and mixed with an aqueous back extractant of dilute nitric acid containing Hg(II) ions as stripping agent, thereby facilitating a rapid metal-exchange reaction with the APDC ligand and transfer of the Cd into the aqueous phase. The aqueous phase is separated in a second dual-conical gravitational phase separator, and 30mul of it is entrapped and metered in a sample loop (SL) and subsequently introduced via air segmentation into the graphite tube for analyte quantification. The ETAAS determination is performed in parallel with the separation/preconcentration process of the ensuing sample. An enrichment factor of 21.4, a detection limit of 2.7 ng/l, along with a sampling frequency of 13s/h were obtained at a sample flow rate of 6.0mlmin/sup -1/. The precision (R.S.D.) at the 0.4 mug/l level was 1.8% as compared to 3.2% when quantifying the organic extractant directly. The applicability of the procedure is demonstrated for the determination of trace levels of cadmium in three certified reference materials.
|Journal||Analytica Chimica Acta|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|