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Applications of chemical vapor generation in non-tetrahydroborate media to analytical atomic spectrometry

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Abstract

Chemical vapor generation (CVG) using tetrahydroborate(III) remains the most popular and successful derivatization procedure enabling gaseous sample introduction into analytical atomic spectrometers that are routinely used for the determination of trace and ultratrace amounts of hydride-forming elements as well as Cd and Hg. The number of elements amenable to tetrahydroborate(III)-derivatization has recently been extensively enlarged. Despite its many obvious advantages, drawbacks remain, such as significant interferences from transition metals. Consequently, many alternative approaches have been developed to overcome these shortcomings and to further expand the suite of elements amenable to CVG for sample introduction. This article reviews these non-tetrahydroborate-based approaches, including photochemical vapor generation (photo-CVG), borane complexes CVG, alkylation based on Grignard reactions and derivatization with NaBEt4, cold vapor generation with SnCl2, halide generation, electrochemical hydride generation, oxide generation, and generation of volatile chelates. Special attention is given to two newly developed CVG approaches: photo-CVG and reduction in the presence of cyanoborohydrides.

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The article was received on 22 Feb 2010, accepted on 05 May 2010 and first published on 18 May 2010


Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C003483E
Citation: J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2010,25, 1217-1246

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    Applications of chemical vapor generation in non-tetrahydroborate media to analytical atomic spectrometry

    P. Wu, L. He, C. Zheng, X. Hou and R. E. Sturgeon, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2010, 25, 1217
    DOI: 10.1039/C003483E

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