Determination of chlorine and bromine in rocks by alkaline fusion with ion chromatography detection

Blackwell, P.A.; Cave, M.R.; Davis, A.E.; Malik, S.A.. 1997 Determination of chlorine and bromine in rocks by alkaline fusion with ion chromatography detection. Journal of Chromatography A, 770 (1-2). 93-98.

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This study describes the use of alkaline fusion by sodium peroxide to dissolve chlorine and bromine in rocks to produce a solution which, with appropriate pre-treatment, is suitable for analysis by ion chromatography. Results are given for a selection of sedimentary and igneous rocks. The accuracy of the fusion method is evaluated by analysis of Geological Survey of Japan reference materials. Additionally, a spike recovery rest is performed to show that the fusion process is quantitative for chlorine and bromine. The results for chlorine are in the range 58-3860 mg kg(-1) and show good agreement both with results obtained by pyrohydrolysis with flow injection colorimetric detection and results obtained by aqueous leaching of the samples with ion chromatography detection. Results for bromine are in the range <3-4.5 mg kg(-1). Because of the relatively few data obtained in this study and the relative paucity of published data for reference materials, an assessment of the accuracy of the fusion method for bromine is more difficult. The limits of detection for this method are 36 and 3 mg kg(-1) for chlorine and bromine, respectively.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: BGS Programmes > Laboratory Operations
ISSN: 0021-9673
Additional Keywords: chlorine; bromine
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 12 Sep 2012 10:22 +0 (UTC)

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