In this work, an analytical methodology in combination with a low power benchtop total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TXRF) system has been developed for multi-elemental analysis of vegetal materials. An easy and rapid sample preparation consisting in suspending 20 mg of sample in de-ionized water showed to be the most suitable for this kind of samples. However, for comparison purposes, two digestion procedures were also applied. A set of fifteen certified reference materials and three real vegetal samples were employed for the quantitative determination of K, Ca, Mn, Fe, Cu, Zn, Br, Rb, Sr, Pb, As and Sn. All the parameters affecting sample preparation and TXRF measurements conditions were carefully evaluated. Accurate and precise results were obtained for mid-high Z elements (Mn-Sr) using internal standardization as quantification approach, while for light Z elements (K and Ca), due to absorption effects, an improvement of analytical results by external calibration was necessary.

Multi-element analysis of vegetal foodstuff by means of low power total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TXRF) spectrometry

DALIPI, Rogerta;MARGUI, Eva;BORGESE, Laura;DEPERO, Laura Eleonora
2017-01-01

Abstract

In this work, an analytical methodology in combination with a low power benchtop total reflection X-ray fluorescence (TXRF) system has been developed for multi-elemental analysis of vegetal materials. An easy and rapid sample preparation consisting in suspending 20 mg of sample in de-ionized water showed to be the most suitable for this kind of samples. However, for comparison purposes, two digestion procedures were also applied. A set of fifteen certified reference materials and three real vegetal samples were employed for the quantitative determination of K, Ca, Mn, Fe, Cu, Zn, Br, Rb, Sr, Pb, As and Sn. All the parameters affecting sample preparation and TXRF measurements conditions were carefully evaluated. Accurate and precise results were obtained for mid-high Z elements (Mn-Sr) using internal standardization as quantification approach, while for light Z elements (K and Ca), due to absorption effects, an improvement of analytical results by external calibration was necessary.
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