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Use of Zr for mass bias correction in strontium isotope ratio determinations using MC-ICP-MS

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Isotope abundance ratios and isotopic composition of strontium in a biological sample were determined using MC-ICP-MS whereby zirconium was admixed with solutions of digested NIST SRM 987 and samples and used for mass bias correction with implementation of a combination of standard-sample-standard bracketing and internal normalization. In this manner, the certified value of 8.37861 for 88Sr/86Sr in SRM 987 was used for mass bias correction of 90Zr/91Zr in two adjacent spiked solutions of SRM 987. Their average was then used to calculate mass bias corrected Sr isotope ratios in the sample. An approximate 2.5-fold improvement in precision of determination of 87Sr/86Sr and 88Sr/86Sr was obtained compared to that based on only the standard-sample-standard bracketing technique, although close matching of Sr and Zr concentrations is required in the standard and sample. Absolute isotope ratios of 0.0564240 ± 0.0000042, 0.709362 ± 0.000013 and 8.38034 ± 0.00010 (1SD) and δx/86Sr-values of −2.228 ± 0.075‰, −1.377 ± 0.018‰ and 0.207 ± 0.012‰ (1SD) for 84Sr/86Sr, 87Sr/86Sr, 88Sr/86Sr relative to SRM 987, respectively, were obtained characterizing a fish liver sample. In agreement with previous studies, evidence is presented for variation of 88Sr/86Sr in samples. Estimation of the measurement uncertainty confirmed that the major source of imprecision arises from the uncertainty in the certified value of 88Sr/86Sr in SRM 987 used for mass bias correction.

Graphical abstract: Use of Zr for mass bias correction in strontium isotope ratio determinations using MC-ICP-MS

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The article was received on 25 Feb 2008, accepted on 17 Jun 2008 and first published on 25 Jul 2008


Article type: Technical Note
DOI: 10.1039/B803143F
Citation: J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2008,23, 1269-1274
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    Use of Zr for mass bias correction in strontium isotope ratio determinations using MC-ICP-MS

    L. Yang, C. Peter, U. Panne and R. E. Sturgeon, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2008, 23, 1269
    DOI: 10.1039/B803143F

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