Facultade de Fisioterapia

Determination of boron in waters by using borate generation and flame-atomic emission spectrometry

Authors: JR Castillo, JM Mir, C Martínez, Carlos Bendicho

Journal: Analyst, 110: 1435-1438, 12/1985

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/an9851001435


An improved method is proposed for the determination of boron in waters. The esterification reaction between boric acid and methanol in a concentrated sulphuric acid medium and the vaporisation of the methyl borate formed (boiling-point, 68 °C) are used in the determination by boron by measuring the emission of the BO2 radical at 548 nm. This reaction is carried out in a simple and inexpensive generator, designed for this purpose, and the heat developed in it causes the rapid volatilisation of the methyl borate. Thus no collection systems or carrier gas are required. The proposed method gives an improved detection limit and it can be applied to the determination of boron in water samples. It is both rapid and highly selective.