Arsenic species determination in biological tissues by HPLC-ICP-MS and HPLC-HG-ICP-MS

Jason Kirby, Bill Maher, Michael Ellwood, Frank Krikowa

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    The use of high-pressure liquid chromatography coupled directly or by a hydride generation system to an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer for the unambiguous measurement of 13 arsenic species in marine biological extracts is described. The use of two chromatography systems; a Supelcosil LC-SCX cation-exchange column eluted with a 20 mM pyridine mobile phase adjusted to pH 2.2 and 2.6 with formic acid, with a flow rate of 1.5 mL min-1 at 40°C, and a Hamilton PRP-X100 anion-exchange column eluted with 20 mM NH4H2PO4 buffer at pH 5.6, with a flow rate of 1.5 mL min-1 at 40°C, was required to separate and quantify cation and anion arsenic species. Under these conditions, arsenous acid could not be separated from other arsenic species and required the use of an additional hydride generation step. Arsenic species concentrations in a locally available Tasmanian kelp (Durvillea potatorum), a certified reference material (DORM-2), and a range of commercially available macroalgae supplements and sushi seaweeds have been measured and are provided for use as in-house quality control samples to assess the effectiveness of sample preparation, extraction, and measurement techniques
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)957-966
    Number of pages10
    JournalAustralian Journal of Chemistry: an international journal for chemical science
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


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