Ion Exchange Separations and Atomic Absorption Determination of Trace Metals in Ores after Basic Fusion

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The determination of trace constituents in ores by atomic absorption after basic fusion and solution in strong acid is erratic due to the light scattering and aspirator clogging of the high concentration of sodium salts. The sodium is separated from the trace constituents using a column procedure and an iminodiacetate chelating ion exchange resin which will retain di- and trivalent metal ions at pH values above 6.0 but will not retain alkali metal ions. The trace constituents are determined by atomic absorption after elution with HCl. The precision (standard deviation of the mean) of the atomic absorption method is increased at least fivefold by the resin separation and the method is applicable to concentrations in the low ppm range. The standard deviation of the mean for an NBS sample containing 0.007% Cu is 0.0004%.

Keywords: Atomic absorption; Ore analysis; Trace constituents

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Southern Lead Company, Division of Murph Metals, Inc., P.O. Box 6195, Dallas, Texas 75222 2: Department of Chemistry, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas 75222

Publication date: March 1, 1972

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