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Quebec Geoscience Centre (QGC): mercury analysis (Hg-AFS),  strong acid digestion (H2SO4-HNO3)

Atomic fluorescence spectroscopy analysis of mercury was performed on the samples. The samples were analysed after strong acid digestion using sulphuric and nitric acids. These analyses were done by laboratories at the Quebec Geoscience Centre (QGC).

General Methodology:

Atomic fluorescence spectroscopy analysis for mercury (Hg-AFS) was performed using a P.S. Analytical (Merlin Plus model) instrument. Before analysis, digestion of the < 63 μm fraction was completed with the help of a microwave system, CEM-MDS-2000. The partial (HCl 0.3M) and total (H2SO4 – HNO3) extractions were done in Teflon vessel bombs using certified ultra-pure products.  The precision (+/- 1.03 ppb) of the results was determined by repeat analysis of internal standards and NBS standards (National Bureau of Standards).

[description taken from GSC Open File 3269, p.13]


Sample material: solid

Sample weight: unstated

Analytical Technique:

Hierarchical classification

Technique >> Spectroscopy >> Electromagnetic radiation >> Visible-ultraviolet >> Atomic >> Fluorescence


Laser-induced | FA-AFS | CV-AFS

Analytical Decomposition:

Hierarchical classification

Decomposition >> Aqueous dissolution >> Acid >> Strong Acid


4 ACID | HF + …

Analytical Methods:

IndexMethod OrderMethod IDQuantityDetection Limit
1  3498     Hg_AFS_t 

Associated Analytical Packages:

IndexPackage IDPackage Name
1  82     Quebec Geoscience Centre XRF + Hg AFS (2 digestions)
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