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Determination of Trace Levels of Manganese in Various Biological and Environmental Samples by Atomic Absorption Spectrometry after Solid–Liquid Extraction and Preconcentration with the Ion Pair Formed by the Nitroso-S Anion and the Tetradecyldimethylbenzylammonium Cation

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Manganese is quantitatively retained by 2-nitroso-1-naphthol-4-sulfonic acid (nitroso-S) and tetradecyldimethylbenzylammonium (TDBA) chloride on microcrystalline naphthalene in the pH range 9.5–10.6 from large volumes of aqueous solutions of various samples. After filtration, the solid mass consisting of the manganese complex and naphthalene is dissolved in 5 mL dimethylformamide and the metal is determined by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. Alternatively, the manganese complex can be quantitatively adsorbed on TDBA–naphthalene adsorbent packed in a column and determined similarly. About 0.2 μg manganese can be concentrated in a column from 400 mL aqueous sample with a concentration as low as 0.5 ng/mL. Eight replicate determinations of manganese at 0.8 μg/mL gave a mean absorbance of 0.156 for the final solution with a relative standard deviation of 1.4%. The sensitivity for 1% absorption was 23 ng/mL. The interference of a large number of anions and cations was studied, and the optimized conditions developed were used for trace determinations of manganese in various alloys, and in biological and environmental samples.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Payame Noor University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran. 2: Shahid Bahonar University, Department of Chemistry, Kerman, Iran.

Publication date: 2001-05-01

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