Advances in the application of array detectors for improved chemical analysis, part II. Rapid trace metal analysis of high solids wastewater and sludge using a direct current plasma source equipped with an echelle spectrometer and a charge-injection device detector

Jeff Prevatt, M. Bonner Denton

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Abstract

A direct current plasma (DCP) source, equipped with an echelle spectrometer and charge-injection device (CID) detector, was employed for the analysis of trace metals in municipal sludge and wastewater containing high solids. The use of DCP as a plasma source has largely vanished in the past decade due to the popularity of inductively coupled plasma. Resurrecting this robust plasma source and coupling it to a state-of-the-art echelle spectrometer provides for an extremely forgiving analytical technique capable of analysing trace metals rapidly, even in complex high-solid matrices. Instrument performance is further enhanced as the echelle/CID spectrometer provides a simultaneous multi-element fingerprint of contaminants in the waste. The improved design offers increased sensitivity in the far ultraviolet, with overall wavelength coverage from 175 to 800 nm. Furthermore, multi-element analysis is obtained quickly with minimal or no sample preparation, making this the fastest screening technique available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-140
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Journal of Chemistry
Volume56
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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