• Journal Article

Development of a method for the determination of ultra-trace level mercury in adipose tissue by cold vapour atomic fluorescence spectrometry

Citation

Levine, K., Fernando, R., Essader, M. L. A., Handy, R., & Collins, B. J. (2000). Development of a method for the determination of ultra-trace level mercury in adipose tissue by cold vapour atomic fluorescence spectrometry. Journal of Automated Methods & Management in Chemistry, 22(4), 103-108.

Abstract

A method for the determination of total mercury in rat adipose tissue by cold vapour atomic fluorescence spectrometry (CVAFS) has been developed. Adipose samples were initially subjected to a lyophilization procedure in order to facilitate the homogenization and accurate weighing of small tissue aliquots (~50 mg). A closed vessel microwave digestion procedure using a mixture of sulphuric and nitric acids was used to liberate mercury from the adipose matrix. All mercury species were quantitatively oxidized to Hg(II) by a potassium bromate/bromide oxidation, then reduced to Hg(0) vapour by stannous chloride prior to fluorescence detection. The CVAFS exhibited a linear range of 10 pg Hg/ml to 120 pg Hg/ml. The method detection limit in solution was 2 pg Hg/ml, or 1 ng Hg/g adipose tissue, based on a nominal 50 mg sample and a final volume of 25 ml. A reference material from the National Research Council of Canada (DOLT-2, trace metals in dogfish liver) was prepared in quadruplicate in order to assess the accuracy and precision of the method. Mercury in this material was recovered at 2.22 +/- 0.08 mu g/g, which is 104% of the certified level (2.14 +/- 0.10 mu g/g)