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Separation of Fe from whole blood matrix for precise isotopic ratio measurements by MC-ICP-MS: a comparison of different approaches

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Abstract

Anion-exchange and precipitation procedures for Fe separation from unspiked human whole blood after microwave digestion and ashing decomposition techniques were thoroughly evaluated in terms of Fe recoveries, decreases in matrix element concentrations and elimination of interfering species for subsequent Fe isotope ratio measurements by multi-collector ICP-MS. During isotope ratio measurements involving 54Fe, 56Fe and 57Fe, on-line mass discrimination correction using Ni isotopes was applied, significantly reducing uncertainties both within and between Fe sample runs. Despite Fe recoveries below 100% for all separation procedures studied, no artificial isotope fractionation was detected. The degree of Fe fractionation in a commercially available, whole blood sample (Trace Elements in Whole Blood, Level 1, Sero AS), expressed as 56δ (−2.83 ± 0.06‰) and 57δ (−4.23 ± 0.08‰) values relative to IRMM-014 Fe isotopic reference material, agrees well with previously published data. Of the tested separation procedures, precipitation using NH3 was found to be the most rapid and cost-effective method, yielding high Fe recovery and low levels of concomitant elements.

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The article was received on 24 Oct 2002, accepted on 26 Nov 2002 and first published on 10 Dec 2002


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B210482B
J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2003,18, 23-28

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    Separation of Fe from whole blood matrix for precise isotopic ratio measurements by MC-ICP-MS: a comparison of different approaches

    A. Stenberg, D. Malinovsky, I. Rodushkin, H. Andrén, C. Pontér, B. Öhlander and D. C. Baxter, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2003, 18, 23
    DOI: 10.1039/B210482B

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