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Effects of methane addition to nebulizer gas on polyatomic interferents and ion sensitivity in inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

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Abstract

The addition of methane to nebulizer gas was assessed as a method for the reduction of polyatomic interferents in inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The effects of nebulizer gas flow rate, RF power and methane flow were studied for a range of analytes and polyatomic ions. The analyte sensitivity, especially for Be, Br and I, was enhanced by a factor of 7–12 with methane addition. Polyatomic ions, such as ArCl+, ArO+, ClO+ and ArArH+, were reduced between 61 and 92% when compared to those of an unmodified plasma. Such reduction allowed better quantification limits for V, As, Se, Br and I, as well as 90% BaO+ polyatomic reduction. Finally, the optimized conditions were evaluated in successful recovery tests for As, Se and V in different matrices with high chloride content. The Fe accuracy was evaluated in several reference materials.

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Submitted
04 Jul 2013
Accepted
09 Oct 2013
First published
09 Oct 2013

J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014,29, 152-161
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Effects of methane addition to nebulizer gas on polyatomic interferents and ion sensitivity in inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry

R. Santos, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2014, 29, 152
DOI: 10.1039/C3JA50221J

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