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Skidmore Analytical Interdisciplinary Laboratory (SAIL)

Atomic absorption spectrometry

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The PerkinElmer AAnalyst 800 atomic absorption spectrometer detects the presence of various metals in aqueous solution. This instrument can be used for both qualitative and quantitative analysis of metals in a variety of samples from stream waters to acid digests of solid materials. 

Features

  • Flame burner head
  • Graphite furnace
  • Mercury-hydride system
  • Available lamps: Ag, Al, Au, Ba, Ca, Cd, Cr, Cu Fe, Hg, K, Mg, Na, Pb, Sr, Zn

Recent applications

  • Quantitative determination of lead in contaminated soil, compost and plant samples
  • Analysis of local stream waters for sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium and other metals
  • Solubility studies of salts in the presence of other ions
  • Analysis of various oils and organic tissues for lead and other toxic metals
  • Quantitative determination of sodium, calcium, magnesium and potassium in Himalayan rock salt
  • Analysis of nutrients in water samples from hydroponics beds kept under various conditions

Documents

Flame AAS: Standard Operating Procedure; Recommended Conditions

Graphite Furnace AAS: Standard Operating Procedure; Recommended Conditions; Matrix Modifiers

Data Manager: Standard Operating Procedure