Analyzing rapidly, precisely and semi-automatically lead isotopes on variable volumes of seawater (up to 1000 ml)

Zurbrick and co-authors present a relatively fast (2.5–6.5 hours), semi-automated system to extract lead (Pb) from seawater, with few chemicals yielding low blanks. They also demonstrate that subsequent Pb isotopic analyses are more precise using a multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICPMS) than high resolution ICP-MS (HR ICP-MS). With the preceding work of Conway […]

Dec / 03 / 2013

New method for measuring simultaneously trace metal concentrations on a very small volume of seawater

An automated, on-line extraction, flow-injection inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) method is presented by Lagerström and co-authors for simultaneous determination of manganese (Mn), iron (Fe), cobalt (Co), nickel (Ni), copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn) in open ocean seawater samples. This fully automated commercially available system buffers the pH of the samples on-line and extracts […]

Nov / 27 / 2013

GEOTRACES: Get the right data!

Measuring concentrations of many constituents at the nano- to picomolar levels in seawater is a difficult challenge, requiring thorough intercalibration between the different laboratories participating to the same programme. GEOTRACES is but one example of a programme that has intercalibration as an essential component of its field-based efforts. The standing GEOTRACES Standards and Intercalibration Committee (S&I) […]

Oct / 24 / 2013

Latest recommendations for successful analysis of dissolved osmium in seawater

Analysis of osmium in seawater presents complex challenges, linked to its very low (femtomolar) concentrations and multiplicity of possible oxidation states. Early insights were provided by Karl Turekian’s group at Yale where it was realized that osmium tends to concentrate both in oxidizing Fe-Mn nodules and in reducing organic-rich marine sediments. Efforts to directly measure […]

Jul / 02 / 2013

Measuring precisely with only 40 ml of sample

It is now possible to measure precisely manganese (Mn), iron (Fe), cobalt (Co), nickel (Ni), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), cadmium (Cd), and lead (Pb) concentrations in seawater using only 40 ml of sample. All the cooking recipes and techniques are given in the recent detailed article of Dondra Biller and Kenneth Bruland in Marine Chemistry […]

May / 03 / 2012