Atomic spectrometry update. Environmental analysis

Owen T. Butler, Warren R. L. Cairns, Jennifer M. Cook, Christine M. Davidson
2013 Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry  
This is the 28th annual review published in JAAS of the application of atomic spectrometry to the chemical analysis of environmental samples. Analysis 1 that should be read in conjunction with other related ASUs in the series namely: clinical and biological materials, foods and beverages 2 ; advances in atomic spectrometry and related techniques 3 ; elemental speciation 4 ; X-ray spectrometry 5 and industrial analysis: metals, chemicals and advanced materials 6 . In the field of air analysis
more » ... of air analysis there is ongoing interest in measuring atmospheric Hg species and evaluating procedures for the determination of the carbonaceous content of airborne particulate matter. Other noteworthy areas of interest include: development of LIBS and MS systems for in-situ measurement; and the use of synchrotron-based X-ray techniques for the solid-state speciation of airborne particles. In the field of water analysis, as in previous years, the main areas of activity are the development, some may say redevelopment, of preconcentration and extraction procedures and elemental speciation protocols for elements such as As, Cr and Sb. There is increasing interest in developing portable instrumentation for field use using AES or XRF techniques. In the field of soil and plant analysis, noteworthy developments this year include the emergence of nanoSIMS as a tool for trace element imaging, and greater use of techniques such as LIBS and PXRF with chemometric data processing to provide overall identification or classification of samples, rather than accurate quantification of specific analytes. Of concern however is the
doi:10.1039/c2ja90077g fatcat:4mbe7ed2vndynaeqem5lsbxdf4