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Ultrasound-Assisted Pseudodigestion for Toxic Metals Determination in Fish Muscles Followed by Electrothermal Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry: Multivariate Strategy

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A simple and efficient procedure for the determination of arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), and lead (Pb) in the edible parts of freshwater fish by ultrasonic-assisted acid pseudodigestion (USD) was developed. A Plackett-Burman experimental design was used as a multivariate strategy for the evaluation of the effects of several variables at once. Five variablessonication time, sample mass of muscle tissue, temperature of the ultrasonic bath, mL of nitric acid, and mL of a mixture of acid and oxidantwere regarded as factors. From these studies, certain variables showed up as significant, and they were optimized by a 23+star central composite design, which involved 16 experiments. Optimum values of the variables were selected for the development of USD to determine the contents of As, Cd, and Pb in fish muscles used as pollution bioindicators from Lake Manchar (Sindh, Pakistan). The determination of the 3 toxic metals under study was performed by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry. The accuracy of the optimized procedure was evaluated by analysis of certified reference materials BCR 185R bovine liver and by comparison with conventional wet acid digestion methodology. The result obtained by the optimized method showed good agreement with the certified values and sufficiently high recovery. No significant differences were observed for P = 0.05. Relative standard deviation values (average of 10 separate determinations) were 1.21, 5.52, and 5.32% for As, Cd, and Pb, respectively.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Sindh, Center of Excellence in Analytical Chemistry, Jamshoro 76080, Pakistan.

Publication date: 2007-07-01

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