Authors: Luisa Amoedo Otero, Jose Luis Capelo, Isela Lavilla, Carlos Bendicho
Journal: Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry , 14: 1221-1226, 02/1999
Ultrasound-assisted extraction was attempted for the determination of Pb in slurried samples by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry. Slurries of a mussel tissue sample and several certified reference materials were prepared in autosampler cups for the subsequent ultrasound treatment. Three different approaches were employed with the aim of determining Pb: (i) automated ultrasonic slurry sampling; (ii) solid-liquid extraction with an ultrasonic probe; and (iii) solid-liquid extraction with an ultrasonic bath. Unlike the slurry sampling technique (i.e., the first approach), where it is mandatory to maintain a homogeneous slurry, ultrasound treatments (i.e., the second and third approaches) were focused to achieve quantitative solid-liquid extraction so that the resulting supernatant could be used for sampling. Optimum performance of solid-liquid extraction was achieved only with probe sonication. Quantitative recoveries of Pb were obtained using a 40% ultrasound amplitude, a 3 min sonication time, a 3% v/v HNO 3 concentration, a particle size less than 150 µm and a sample mass less than 20 mg slurried in a 1.5 ml acidic diluent volume. Extraction of Pb from several plant and animal tissue CRMs was also successful under the extraction conditions mentioned above. The LOD for Pb in solid biological samples using ultrasound-assisted extraction was 0.37 µg g –1 when 10 mg were slurried in 1.5 ml. Between-batch precision values (RSD) ranged from 1.4 to 7.3% when using ultrasound-assisted extraction with an ultrasonic probe.