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Hg isotopic composition and total Hg mass fraction in NIES Certified Reference Material No. 28 Urban Aerosols

Abstract : An interlaboratory study on the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) certified reference material (CRM) No. 28 Urban Aerosols, collected on the filters of a central ventilating system in a building in Beijing city center, was performed to obtain informative values of Hg isotopic composition and total Hg (THg) mass fraction. The THg mass fraction was determined by four organizations using atomic absorption spectrometry; it resulted in the mean value of 1.19 ± 0.12 mg/kg (2SD, n = 24). The Hg isotopic composition of the CRM was measured and intercompared at two different institutions by cold vapor generation system coupled to multicollector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Subsequently, a conventional dissolution method that uses a mixture of HNO 3 /HCl/H 2 O 2 in Hotblock® and two different dissolution methods that use a mixture of HNO 3 /HCl with a microwave and a digestion bomb were applied. The Hg isotopic compositions were δ 202 Hg = − 1.26 ± 0.17‰, Δ 199 Hg = − 0.23 ± 0.06‰, Δ 200 Hg = 0.01 ± 0.07‰, and Δ 201 Hg = − 0.22 ± 0.09‰ (2SD, n = 18) for the conventional method, which agree well with those obtained using microwave and bomb digestion. Our results indicate that, for the quality control of particulate matter analyses, this CRM is appropriate for use in environmental and geochemical studies.
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Akane Yamakawa, Sylvain Bérail, David Amouroux, Emmanuel Tessier, Julien Barre, et al.. Hg isotopic composition and total Hg mass fraction in NIES Certified Reference Material No. 28 Urban Aerosols. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Springer Verlag, 2020, 412 (19), pp.4483-4493. ⟨10.1007/s00216-020-02691-9⟩. ⟨hal-02988124⟩

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