Slurry sampling electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometric determination of chromium after separation/enrichment by mercaptoundecanoic acid modified gold coated TiO2 nanoparticles

BAYSAL A., Akman S., DEMIR S., Kahraman M.

Microchemical Journal, vol.99, no.2, pp.421-424, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 99 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.microc.2011.06.017
  • Journal Name: Microchemical Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.421-424
  • Keywords: Chromium, Nanoparticle sorbent, Preconcentration, Separation, Slurry sampling
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, a novel preconcentration/separation technique based on the slurry analysis of chromium loaded on mercaptoundecanoic acid modified TiO2 core-Au shell nanoparticles prior to its determination by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry was described. For this purpose, at first, TiO2 nanoparticles were coated with gold shell and then modified with mercaptoundecanoic acid (MUA). Cr (III) was collected on the prepared sorbent by conventional batch technique. After separation of liquid phase, slurry of the sorbent was prepared and directly introduced into graphite furnace of atomic absorption spectrometry. By this way, all drawbacks due to elution procedure were eliminated. Optimum conditions for quantitative sorption and preparation of the slurry were investigated. The chromium in certificated sea-water and spiked drinking water was recovered in the range of 95% confidence level. The proposed technique was fast and simple as well as the risks of contamination and loss during elution were low. The limit of detection (3σ, N=10) was 0.34μgL-1. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.