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Nitrite/nitrate speciation through arsenomolybdenum blue complex at trace level: application to biological and environmental samples

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Abstract

A novel and simple method has been proposed for the estimation of nitrite/nitrate based on the reduction of arsenomolybdic acid to arsenomolybdenum blue using ascorbic acid. The obtained arsenomolybdenum blue complex has been oxidized by the addition of nitrite and the decrease in the absorbance of blue color is directly proportional to the nitrite quantity. The absorbance of the arsenomolybdenum blue complex has been measured at 840 nm. All the reaction variables have been optimized and Beer's law has been obeyed in the concentration range 2–10 μg in 25 mL of aqueous phase with a molar absorptivity 4.37 × 104 L mol−1 cm−1. The relative standard deviation of the method has been found to be 1.7% for five measurements with a detection limit of 0.003 μg mL−1. The method has been applied to determine nitrite/nitrate levels in biological samples as well as environmental samples.

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Submitted
18 Jan 2011
Accepted
26 May 2011
First published
08 Jul 2011

Anal. Methods, 2011,3, 1838-1844
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Nitrite/nitrate speciation through arsenomolybdenum blue complex at trace level: application to biological and environmental samples

M. Pandurangappa and Y. Venkataramanappa, Anal. Methods, 2011, 3, 1838
DOI: 10.1039/C1AY05025G

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