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Applicability of high-resolution ICP mass spectrometry for isotope ratio measurements

(1997) ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY. 69(2). p.268-273
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The present paper reports on the capability of high-resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (HR-ICPMS) for the accurate and precise determination of isotope ratios of which at least one of the isotopes involved is spectrally interfered when measured at low resolution, using Cu as a typical example. When a commercially available Finnigan MAT Element high-resolution ICP-mass spectrometer operated at a resolution setting of 3000 is used, careful selection of the measurement conditions allows a Cu-63/Cu-65 Or Pb-206/Pb-207 isotope ratio precision of similar to 0.1% (RSD for n = 10) at sufficiently high count rates (greater than or equal to 100 000 counts/s), In this work, Cu isotope ratios were determined both in (i) an Antarctic sediment digest and in (ii) a human serum reference material, Even at the low Cu concentration level in the Antarctic sediment digests (similar to 10 mu g/L), the Cu-63/Cu-65 isotope ratio could be measured with an RSD of less than or equal to 0.6% (n = 5), Although both isotopes involved were severely spectrally interfered when measured at low resolution, measurement at R = 3000 resulted in an isotope ratio that agreed within the measurement uncertainty with the expected natural isotopic abundance ratio. For the human serum reference material, the sample preparation was limited to 10-fold dilution with 0.14 M HNO3, resulting in solutions containing similar to 100 mu g/L Cu. Rte Cu-63/Cu-65 isotope ra-tio was measured with an RSD of 0.3% (n = 5) and agreed within the measurement uncertainty with the value expected an the basis of the natural isotopic abundances, Finally, on the basis of the corresponding mass spectra at R = 3000, for both samples an attempt was made to identify the polyatomic ions that spectrally interfere with the Cu ion signals at low resolution. For the Antarctic sediment digest, these interfering ions were speculatively identified as (ArNa+)-Ar-40-Na-23, (SiCl+)-Si-28-Cl-35, and (Na2OH+)-Na-23-O-16-H-1 for Cu-63(+) and (SiCl+)-Si-30-Cl-35, (SiCl+)-Si-28-Cl-37, and (Na2F+)-Na-23-F-19 for Cu-65(+). For the human serum reference material, the interfering signals were attributed to (ArNa+)-Ar-40-Na-23, (PO2+)-P-31-O-16, and (Na2OH+)-Na-23-O-16-H-1 for Cu-63(+) and to (SO2H+)-S-32-O-16-H-1 for Cu-85(+).
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LEAD, PRECISE DETERMINATION, MS, INTERFERENCES, REDUCTION, SAMPLES, OPTIMIZATION, NUTRITION, ACCURATE, SERUM

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Vanhaecke, Frank, Luc Moens, Richard Dams, Ioannis Papadakis, and Philip Taylor. 1997. “Applicability of High-resolution ICP Mass Spectrometry for Isotope Ratio Measurements.” Analytical Chemistry 69 (2): 268–273.
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Vanhaecke, Frank, Moens, L., Dams, R., Papadakis, I., & Taylor, P. (1997). Applicability of high-resolution ICP mass spectrometry for isotope ratio measurements. ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, 69(2), 268–273.
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Vanhaecke F, Moens L, Dams R, Papadakis I, Taylor P. Applicability of high-resolution ICP mass spectrometry for isotope ratio measurements. ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY. 1997;69(2):268–73.
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Vanhaecke, Frank, Luc Moens, Richard Dams, et al. “Applicability of High-resolution ICP Mass Spectrometry for Isotope Ratio Measurements.” ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 69.2 (1997): 268–273. Print.
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  author       = {Vanhaecke, Frank and Moens, Luc and Dams, Richard and Papadakis, Ioannis and Taylor, Philip},
  issn         = {0003-2700},
  journal      = {ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY},
  keyword      = {LEAD,PRECISE DETERMINATION,MS,INTERFERENCES,REDUCTION,SAMPLES,OPTIMIZATION,NUTRITION,ACCURATE,SERUM},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {268--273},
  title        = {Applicability of high-resolution ICP mass spectrometry for isotope ratio measurements},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ac960740j},
  volume       = {69},
  year         = {1997},
}

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