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Non-chromatographic separation and determination of thimerosal and inorganic mercury in vaccines by Fe3+-induced degradation with cold vapor atomic fluorescence spectrometry

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Abstract

An effective, rapid and inexpensive method without chromatographic separation was proposed for the determination of thimerosal (THM) and inorganic mercury (IHg) in vaccine samples, based on Fe3+-induced degradation of THM in a commercially available atomic fluorescence spectrometer (AFS). In the proposed method, inorganic mercury was measured at a low concentration of KBH4 (0.005%, m/v) in the absence of Fe3+, while the total mercury (THg) was determined by measuring the same fluorescence signals of IHg and THM, which was effectively degraded and reduced in the presence of 10 mg L−1 Fe3+ and a relatively high concentration of KBH4 (1.0%, m/v). Then, the concentration of THM can be obtained by subtracting IHg concentration determined in the absence of Fe3+ from THg concentration in the presence of Fe3+. The parameters influencing mercury determination were optimized in detail, including Fe3+ concentration, the concentration of the KBH4 reductant and HCl carrier, and the carrier gas flow rate. Under the optimized conditions, the limits of detection for THM and IHg were 0.03 μg L−1 and 0.02 μg L−1, respectively. Spiked commercial vaccine samples including hepatitis-B and rabies vaccines were analyzed. Satisfactory recoveries were obtained for both THM and IHg.

Graphical abstract: Non-chromatographic separation and determination of thimerosal and inorganic mercury in vaccines by Fe3+-induced degradation with cold vapor atomic fluorescence spectrometry

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The article was received on 05 Feb 2018, accepted on 18 Apr 2018 and first published on 19 Apr 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8AY00284C
Citation: Anal. Methods, 2018,10, 2144-2150
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    Non-chromatographic separation and determination of thimerosal and inorganic mercury in vaccines by Fe3+-induced degradation with cold vapor atomic fluorescence spectrometry

    Q. Xu, Z. Wang, L. Jin, P. Liu, Y. Tian, S. Zhang and C. Zhang, Anal. Methods, 2018, 10, 2144
    DOI: 10.1039/C8AY00284C

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