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Main Title Effects of residual organic matter on elemental analyses by spark source mass spectrography (SSMS) /
Author Stern, David.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Air and Energy Engineering Research Laboratory,
Year Published 1985
Report Number EPA/600-S2-85-125
OCLC Number 454318284
Subjects Air--Pollution--Research--United States. ; Organic compounds.
Internet Access
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EJBD ARCHIVE EPA 600-S2-85-125 In Binder Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 11/21/2017
EJBD  EPA 600-S2-85-125 In Binder Headquarters Library/Washington,DC 11/05/2018
Collation 3 pages ; 28 cm
Caption title. "Dec. 1985." At head of title: Project summary. Distributed to depository libraries in microfiche. "EPA/600-S2-85-125."
Contents Notes
A research program was designed and conducted to define the effect of organics in SSMS and to evaluate several sample preparation methods for their removal. Samples of known organic content were fabricated by diluting NBS SRM 1633 fly ash with a mixture of organic compounds. The SRM 1633 fly ash was spiked with several trace elements prior to this mixing. Samples containing 0. 10, 50, and 90 percent organic material were developed. These fabricated samples and NBS SRM 1632 coal were analyzed by three laboratories using SSMS without prior pretreatment (neat) and after processing by several preparation procedures. The effects of organic material on neat SSMS analysis were assessed for the various concentration levels. Samples containing <50 percent organic material could be successfully analyzed by SSMS without pretreatment. Difficulties were encountered with 90 percent organics. Four preparation procedures (Parr oxygen bomb, HF bomb, low temperature ashing, and mineral acid extraction) were evaluated for removal of organic interference and maintenance of sample integrity for SSMS, AAS (primarily Hg), and ICP analyses. Conclusions were drawn regarding their suitability for use in the Level 1 and/or Level 2 analysis schemes and the benefits of further research.