Consequences of a rapid cellulose extraction technique for oxygen isotope and radiocarbon analyses

Kevin J. Anchukaitis, Michael N. Evans, Todd Lange, David R. Smith, Steven W. Leavitt, Daniel P. Schrag

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We use infrared, radiocarbon, and stable isotope analyses to investigate the purity of cellulose extracted from wood using a rapid processing technique. Replicate laboratory standards processed using the standard Brendel method are not significantly different with respect to δ18O from those prepared using traditional techniques, although the process does result in a slight acetylation of the wood samples. Radiocarbon comparisons, however, show significant differences. We conclude mat the standard Brendel method is appropriate for developing stable isotope time series for high-resolution isotope dendroclimatology but must be used with caution for precision radiocarbon measurements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2035-2041
Number of pages7
JournalAnalytical chemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 15 2008


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  • Analytical Chemistry

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