Inductively coupled argon plasma/optical emission spectrometery (ICAP/OES) is useful as a simultaneous, multielement analytical technique for the determination of trace elements in geological materials. A method for the determination of trace-level rare earth elements (REE) in geological materials using an ICAP 63-channel emission spectrometer is described. Separation and preconcentration of the REE and yttrium from a sample digest are achieved by a nitric acid gradient cation exchange and hydrochloric acid anion exchange. Precision of 1-4% relative standard deviation and comparable accuracy are demonstrated by the triplicate analysis of three splits of BCR-1 and BHVO-1. Analyses of other geological materials including coals, soils, and rocks show comparable precision and accuracy.
|Title||Determination of rare earth elements in geological materials by inductively coupled argon plasma/atomic emission spectrometry|
|Authors||J. G. Crock, F. E. Lichte|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||Analytical Chemistry|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|