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An improved extraction chromatographic purification of tungsten from a silicate matrix for high precision isotopic measurements using MC-ICPMS

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An improved chemical method is developed to accurately measure the W isotopic compositions of silicate samples with a precision of better than ±0.05ε on ε182W. Compared with the conventional method, two developments of this method mainly include the sample digestion process that is modified to better W dissolution from the co-precipitations and the W separation procedure. The optimized extraction chromatography using TEVA resin is designed to more efficiently separate W from Ti, Zr and Hf after the first-stage cation-exchange procedure with the percent recovery of W more than 85%. The blank during the whole procedure is less than 0.3 ng and is negligible for W isotopic analysis. The W isotopic ratios of Alfa Aesar W standard solution and a variety of silicate reference materials, i.e., RGM-2, GSP-2, AGV-2, JB-3, BCR-2 and BHVO-2, are measured by multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS). RGM-2, GSP-2, AGV-2, JB-3 and BCR-2 have normal ε182W values, identical to that of the terrestrial Alfa Aesar W standard, whereas BHVO-2 has a negative ε182W value of −0.09 ± 0.05 (2SD, N = 10). The duplicate measurements of Alfa Aesar W standard solution RGM-2 and BHVO-2 show that the external reproducibility of ε182W is usually better than 5 ppm (2SD), which is the most precise among the published data measured by MC-ICPMS and can be comparable to the precision acquired by negative thermal ionization mass spectrometry (N-TIMS) (about 5 ppm). All these results show that our new method provides an efficient way to precisely measure W isotopic compositions of silicate materials. It provides a widely useful tool to reveal the earliest history of the silicate earth and offers the ability to resolve sub-million-year age differences in meteorites.

Graphical abstract: An improved extraction chromatographic purification of tungsten from a silicate matrix for high precision isotopic measurements using MC-ICPMS

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The article was received on 29 Jan 2018, accepted on 06 Feb 2018 and first published on 06 Feb 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8JA00024G
Citation: J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2018,33, 569-577
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    An improved extraction chromatographic purification of tungsten from a silicate matrix for high precision isotopic measurements using MC-ICPMS

    Q. Mei, J. Yang and Y. Yang, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2018, 33, 569
    DOI: 10.1039/C8JA00024G

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