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Talanta
Year: 2009  |  Volume: 77  |  Issue: 5  |  Page No.: 1778 - 1782

Comparison of tungsten coil electrothermal vaporization and thermospray sample introduction methods for flame furnace atomic absorption spectrometry

Peng Wu, Yunchang Zhang, Rui Liu, Yi Lv and Xiandeng Hou    

Abstract: Flame furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (FF-AAS) is a newly developed flame atomic absorption spectrometric technique based on arranging a flame furnace onto the top of the flame burner head. In this fundamental investigation, 25 elements were carefully tested by using either thermospray FF-AAS or tungsten coil electrothermal vaporization FF-AAS, of which 15 volatile and semi-volatile elements (Cd, Tl, Ag, Pb, Zn, Hg, Cu, Sb, Bi, Te, In, As, Se, Sn and Au) exhibited better limits of detection compared to those by conventional FAAS; however, non-volatile or refractory elements (Fe, Co, Ni, Cr, Mn, Pd, Pt, Al, Be and V) showed inferior sensitivities by the proposed methods.

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