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Title: Field-flow fractionation-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry: An alternative approach to investigate metal-humic substances interaction
Authors: Atitaya Siripinyanond
Sumattana Worapanyanond
Juwadee Shiowatana
Mahidol University
Keywords: Environmental Science
Issue Date: 1-May-2005
Citation: Environmental Science and Technology. Vol.39, No.9 (2005), 3295-3301
Abstract: Interaction between metal ions and humic matter was investigated using a hyphenated technique, field-flow fractionation-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (FFF-ICP-MS). Aggregation of a metal-spiked commercial Aldrich humic acid in an aqueous solution of calcium ion or in seawater was examined over time intervals of 0-4320 min. The aggregation was demonstrated by shifts in peak maximum of humic matter from smaller size (2.9 nm) to larger size (5.1 or 5.8 nm in Ca2+ solution or in seawater, respectively) and also by the broadening of size distribution profiles. With FFF, size distribution of humic aggregate was characterized. Further, dominant particle size (2.9 nm), mean particle size (3.8 nm), and diffusion coefficient (1.51 × 10-6 cm2/s) of humic acid solution were determined. With FFF-ICP-MS, associations of Cd, Cu, and Pb with humic aggregates were examined. The mean diameters of Cd-, Cu-, and Pb-bound humic aggregates in the metal-spiked humic acid were 4.1, 4.5, and 5.8 nm, respectively. These diameters were shifted to 6.0, 6.0, and 6.9 nm, respectively, in the humic acid incubated with calcium solution, whereas they were shifted to 6.5, 5.7, and 7.4 nm, respectively, in the humic acid incubated with seawater for three days. Humic aggregate of small size showed more affinity for Cu than Cd and Pb, whereas the large aggregate showed more affinity for Pb than Cd and Cu, respectively. © 2005 American Chemical Society.
ISSN: 0013936X
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2001-2005

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