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Silica-supported pyrolyzed lignin for solid-phase extraction of rare earth elements from fresh and sea waters followed by ICP-MS detection.

A new interesting article has been published in Anal Bioanal Chem. 2018 Sep 25. doi: 10.1007/s00216-018-1376-0. and titled:

Silica-supported pyrolyzed lignin for solid-phase extraction of rare earth elements from fresh and sea waters followed by ICP-MS detection.

Authors of this article are:
Maraschi F Speltini A Tavani T Gulotta MG Dondi D Milanese C Prato M Profumo A Sturini M.

A summary of the article is shown below:
Silica-supported pyrolyzed lignin (pLG@silica) was investigated as a solid sorbent for the pre-concentration of rare earth elements (REE) from natural waters followed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) analysis. The carbon-based material was easily prepared by pyrolytic treatment of lignin at 600 °C after its adsorption onto silica micro-particles. pLG@silica was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), surface area measurements (BET method), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), point of zero charge measurement, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The as-prepared material (50 mg) was tested as fixed-bed sorbent for the solid-phase extraction (SPE) of tap, river, and sea water samples spiked with REE in the 10-150 ng L-1 range, followed by ICP-MS analysis. A quantitative adsorption was observed for all REE with recoveries in the range of 72-118%. A suitable inter-day precision (RSDs 5-12%, n = 3) was obtained. Sample volumes up to 250 mL provided enrichment factors up to 100. The method detection and quantification limits (MDLs and MQLs) were in the range of 0.4-0.6 ng L-1 and 1-2 ng L-1, respectively. The batch-to-batch reproducibility was verified on four pLG@silica independent preparations. As remarkable advantages, pLG@silica proved to be of easy preparation using a waste material, inexpensive, and reusable for at least 20 SPE cycles.

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